The goal of the appointment, promotion and tenure process is to encourage and reward faculty contributions and achievements that support the missions of the Icahn School of Medicine:
- Innovative and expert education, including the scholarly assessment of optimal modes of education and faculty development;
- Rigorous research and scholarship across a broad continuum, extending from basic molecular analysis through cellular and organ physiology, to animal models, clinical investigation, epidemiology, public health, and health services research;
- Innovative and expert patient care and health promotion;
- Community service, including assuring access to medical care and leadership of programs to encourage young members of the community to consider careers in health care.
The Committee on Appointments and Promotions, a Committee of the Executive Faculty, is charged with ensuring that scholarly achievement and excellence are the criteria for academic advancement, independent of whether a faculty member's achievements derive primarily from clinical, teaching, research or administrative contributions to the department, institution, and medical and scientific communities. Selection of individuals for appointment and promotion to the MSSM faculty must be in accordance with the highest standards.
Every faculty member is expected to strive to the highest academic rank within his/her selected track. The School and its departments shall endeavor to provide mentoring to enable individuals to reach their full academic career potential. Faculty must receive feedback on their performance and on their potential for advancement in order to make informed choices regarding career paths.
In June 2001 a new appointment and promotion methodology was approved for the Icahn School of Medicine. The effective date for implementation of the new methodology is March 2002.
Adherence to the principles and the guidelines presented in this chapter is expected of all Department Chairpersons, Center/Institute Directors, and departmental and institutional committees.