Overview

There are three faculty tracks and three faculty pathways:

  1. Regular track
    • Physician/Scientist pathway
    • Clinician/Teacher pathway
  2. Research track
  3. Clinical track
    • Full-time clinical pathway

Within certain guidelines, you are allowed to switch from one track to another, or one pathway to another.

Time restrictions 

Pathway switches:

  • Assistant professors may switch from clinician/teacher (C/T) pathway to physician/scientist (P/S) pathway at any time
  • Assistant professors may switch from physician/scientist to clinician/teacher provided they have not completed 4 years in rank (except by approval from the dean)

Switching tracks:

Regular to FTCF/FTCF to regular

Note: these are considered new appointments and may be proposed at a higher rank. Please review the appointments section of this site for more information.

  • Assistant professors may apply for appointment to an open full-time clinical faculty (FTCF) position, provided they have not yet completed 4 academic years as an assistant professor (except by approval from the dean)
  • Associate professors or professors may apply for appointment to a FTCF position at any time, in accordance with the process defined for FTCF appointments
  • FTCF may apply for appointment to a regular faculty position at any time, in accordance with the process defined for regular faculty appointments

Regular to research/research to regular

Regular and research faculty may switch tracks in accordance with the process defined for regular or research appointments. This generally would require a national search, unless the original position was advertised for either the regular OR research track. Please check with your division to see if this exemption applies.  

Promotion consideration:

Associate professors who switch from physician/scientist to clinician/teacher must serve 3 years in the new pathway before they can be considered for promotion.

Approval process

  • Pathway switches are reviewed by the department A&P committee and require review and approval by the chair and the dean
  • Track switches are reviewed by the department A&P committee and require review and approval by the chair and the dean. These requests also require a full departmental vote.