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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 (PPC) 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 PPC recommends individuals for appointment or promotion to full professor to the ABMF that must be approved by that body.   Recommendations for appointment or promotion to full professor that are approved by the ABMF must then be approved by the Board of Trustees of the University.

The chair and members of the PPC are appointed by the Dean.  The PPC is the only committee in the School of Medicine that provides a standing report at each regular meeting of the ABMF.

The PPC’s procedures provide in part that each candidate is referred to the PPC 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 [ten or twelve?] 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) reflecting achievements of the candidate.  The subcommittee reports its decision to the PPC.  The entire PPC then votes on the appointment and that decision is presented to the Advisory Board for the Medical Faculty.  The ABMF then reviews the recommendation from the PPC and can either approve a nomination for promotion or to deny promotion, in addition, the ABMF may either approve or overturn a recommendation not to promote. The ABMF has a one month waiting period before the final vote. Once a promotion is approved by the ABMF, promotion must be approved the SOM Board of  Trustees.

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.

 
 
 
 
 

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