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Faculty Appointments and Promotions

Resources about faculty appointments and promotions at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine:

The following is a summary of policies that are stated in full in the “Gold Book” (or “Blue Book” for part-time faculty) and procedures of the relevant committees; this summary does not vary the terms of those policies or procedures.

Professorial Promotions Committee (PPC)

The role of the Professorial Promotions Committee is to provide for the orderly peer review of the qualifications of individuals recommended for appointment or promotion to full professor in the school of medicine, applying the criteria established in the Gold Book (i.e., Policies and Guidelines Governing Appointments, Promotions and Professional Activities of the Full-Time Faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) for full-time faculty, and in the Blue Book for part-time faculty. The committee recommends individuals for appointment or promotion to full professor to the Advisory Board for the Medical Faculty for approval. Recommendations for appointment or promotion to full professor that are approved by the advisory board must then be approved by the university’s board of trustees.

The chair and members of the committee are appointed by the dean. The committee provides a standing report at each regular meeting of the advisory board.

The committee’s procedures provide in part that each candidate is referred to the committee on written nomination by his or her department director to the dean following review under the departmental promotions process. Each candidate is assigned to a three-member subcommittee, which is responsible for soliciting and reviewing letters from referees, including up to 10 recommended by the candidate, as well as reviewing the nominating letter, the CV and copies of appropriate documents (e.g., articles, textbooks, slide sets, videos) that reflect achievements of the candidate. The subcommittee reports its decision to the full committee, which then considers and votes on the candidate at two meetings. 

Positive decisions are presented to the advisory board. The advisory board then reviews the recommendation from the committee and can either approve or deny promotion (or new appointment) at the rank of professor. The advisory board has a one-month waiting period before its final vote. After the candidate is approved by the advisory board, the paperwork is forwarded to the university’s board of trustees for its approval.

Negative decisions are communicated to the department director, who may choose to withdraw the candidate or ask for an advisory board vote. In these cases, the advisory board may either approve or overturn a recommendation not to promote or appoint. 

Visit the PPC website.

Associate Professor Promotions Committee (APPC)

Like that of the PPC, the role of the Associate Professor Promotions Committee (APPC) is to provide for the orderly peer review of the qualifications of individuals recommended for appointment or promotion to associate professor in the School of Medicine, applying the criteria established in the "Gold Book" (i.e., Policies and Guidelines Governing Appointments, Promotions and Professional Activities of the Full-Time Faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) for full-time faculty, and in the "Blue Book" for part-time faculty. The APPC recommends individuals for appointment or promotion to associate professor to the ABMF, the promotion  must be approved by that body.  

The chair and members of the APPC are appointed by the Dean. The APPC’s procedures provide in part that each candidate is referred to the APPC on written nomination by his or her department director to the Dean following review under the departmental promotions process. Each candidate is assigned to a three member subcommittee which is responsible for soliciting and reviewing letters from referees, as well as reviewing the nominating letter, the CV and copies of appropriate documents (e.g., articles, textbooks, slide sets, videos) reflecting achievements of the candidate.  The subcommittee reports its decision to the APPC.  In the case of a recommendation for appointment or promotion, the APPC then votes; in the case of a negative decision by the subcommittee, the chair of the APPC notifies the department director.

Visit the APPC Web site.

Appointment Process for Assistant Professors

 The Director of the Department makes a recommendation to the Agenda Committee of the ABMF.  After review by the Agenda Committee, endorsed nominations are forwarded to the ABMF. ABMF reviews the recommendation and submits approved recommendations to the Dean who notifies the faculty member of the appointment.

Appointment Process for Instructors

 The Director of the Department makes a recommendation to the ABMF.  ABMF reviews the recommendation and submits approved recommendations to the Dean who notifies the faculty member of the appointment.

Instructor and Assistant Professor Reappointment Review Committee

The Instructor and Assistant Professor Reappointment Review Committee is constituted to review Instructors at the time of their Three-Year Review and Assistant Professors at the time of their Seven-Year, Nine-Year, and, if applicable, Extended Appointment Reviews.  It must also approve any additional contract for an Instructor beyond the third year. The committee requires documentation from the Department Director that the faculty member has been informed of the Director's recommendation prior to review by the committee. The committee's recommendation must be reported to the Dean, the Department Director, the ABMF, and the faculty member.

The Instructor and Assistant Professor Reappointment Review Committee submits its recommendation, including recommendation for exception to the ten year maximum, to the ABMF. The ABMF reviews the recommendation and submits approved recommendations to the Dean who notifies the faculty member of the appointment.

Associate Professor Reappointment Review Committee

The Associate Professor Reappointment Review Committee meets to review Associate Professors at the time of their Six-Year, Nine-Year, and Extended Appointment Reviews. The Committee requires documentation from the Department Director that the faculty member has been informed of the Director's recommendation prior to review by the Committee. The Committee sends its recommendations in writing to the Dean, the Department Director, the faculty member and the ABMF. The ABMF reviews the recommendation and submits approved recommendations to the Dean who notifies the faculty member of the appointment.

The Committee's recommendations will be based on (i) evaluation of the Department Director's recommendation; (ii) evaluation of the potential for continued and/or improved productivity and academic advancement by the faculty member; and (iii) the relationship of the faculty member to the academic program, resources, and space of the department and the School in general.