When making an initial term appointment or changing any aspect of an appointment, you will find the following guidelines and procedures helpful. For example, refer to this section for how to process promotions, reassign a primary department, or change the status of an appointee. Additional guidance for the practice track is also helpful information for faculty whose majority of time is spent in clinical practice.
When to Select a Term of Appointment
- When submitting during October through March for endorsement by the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee—select term of appointment as January first.
- When submitting during April through September for endorsement at the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee—select term of appointment as July first.
When Not to Select a Term of Appointment
- When promoting to associate professor, associate clinical professor, professor, and clinical professor—these ranks are assigned the term closest to the time when the candidates are endorsed by the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee.
- When submitting the paperwork to appoint associate professors, associate clinical professors, professors, and clinical professors—these appointments are backdated to the same term when they were assigned to their senior faculty appointments.
- When appointing research assistants or teaching assistants—these are full-time titles, however they do not carry a term of appointment and are coterminous with the length of employment. The date of hire should be used as the effective date of appointment.
- Part-time faculty status does not carry a term of appointment. The date of hire should be used as the effective date of appointment.
- A brief statement from the department chair, signed by both department chairs, indicating reason for move is required. If faculty member will be receiving a secondary appointment in the department he/she is exiting, the chair statement must indicate that fact.
- PSM-100 signed by both departments' administrations, indicating the effective date of the requested change.
Full-Time Faculty Resigning and Applying for Voluntary or Adjunct Status
- In remarks section of HRTS transaction, indicate the new voluntary or adjunct title.
- Append a copy of the faculty member's resignation letter and a signed Termination Law Notice to the HRTS transaction.
Faculty Permanently Reducing Effort and Applying for Part-Time Status
- Indicate in the remarks section of the HRTS transaction that faculty member is terminating full-time status and requesting part-time status.
- Append a copy of the letter from the faculty member resigning full-time status and requesting part-time status. Attach a signed Termination Law Notice (only if faculty member is no longer eligible for benefits as a part-time faculty member).
The Practice Track is designed for physicians who devote at least 90 percent of their effort to clinical activities. Practice track physicians are expected to excel in the practice of clinical medicine, but are not expected to have a lengthy record of research, publications/presentations, teaching or other scholarly achievement.
Faculty newly appointed to the practice track may include:
- Current campus-based faculty who function at least 90 percent of their time as clinical practitioners
- Community-based physicians recruited as full-time, campus-based faculty
- Physicians at member hospitals and leaders of off-campus practices owned by Mount Sinai.
Key features of the Practice Track:
- Terms of appointment—range from one to five years depending on rank and circumstances.
- Tenure—not offered at any rank in the practice track.
- Basic expectations—candidates must have a broad range of accomplishments related to excellence in quality of care, patient safety, patient satisfaction, innovation in the delivery of care and related aspects of clinical performance. Senior candidates are expected to show evidence of teaching, leadership, service, and broad visibility with clinical research a plus.
Go to the links below for detailed information and guidance on the Practice Track:
- Faculty Handbook—detailed description of Practice Track requirements
- Summary Practice Track Features
- Guidelines for Chairs and Faculty—essential information for preparing applications for candidates for Associate Professor of the Practice of <Department> and Professor of the Practice of <Department>
- Requirements by Rank—summary of practice track expectations by rank
- Sample Curriculum Vitae
- Sample Chair Statement/Current Campus-Based Faculty
- Sample Chair Statement/Community Practice Recruit