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SOM Faculty Rank Guidelines

For all SOM faculty, doctoral degree and completion of training is required.  Those without doctoral degrees require approval from the Vice Dean for Faculty and typically hold an advanced or professional degree in the field (typically the terminal degree, plus appropriate experience).

    • Primarily engaged in independent research at a faculty level who is usually directed by faculty at a higher rank (not at staff/research assistant level)
    • Non tenure track
    • Primarily engaged in teaching
    • Non tenure track
    • Primarily engaged in clinical work
    • One of two ranks used for ASTP trainees
    • Used for certain specialties (e.g. audiologists)
    • Non tenure track
    • Possesses the skills required for their clinical field or basic science discipline, as well as showing potential for growth in academic pursuits
    • Entry level rank for someone who has completed their postdoctoral training or residency
    • One of two ranks used for ASTP trainees
    • Expected to demonstrate clear evidence of creative scholarship or clinical excellence in the area of their primary expertise
    • Must have published, or otherwise disseminated to the public, at least one peer-reviewed scholarly contribution
    • Generally recognized within, and at times beyond, the JHUSOM as excellent researchers, educators, clinicians, or program builders, as documented by any of the following: awards or honors for research, teaching, clinical, or program development contributions; invited talks (grand rounds, keynote addresses, visiting professorships)
    • Tenure track
    • Expected to demonstrate clear evidence of independent research with a focused body of publications, national visibility of the research findings, and evidence of continuing extramural support for the research
    • Usually has a substantial number of publications will be necessary to be considered for rank
    • Requires clear separation from mentor toward independence 
    • Must have achieved national recognition as excellent researchers, educators, clinicians, or program builders, as documented by any of the following: awards or honors for research, educational, clinical, or program development contributions; invited talks (grand rounds, keynote addresses, visiting professorships
    • Tenure track 
    • National leadership and international recognition for research entails a significant body of work with publication in high quality journals with high citation rates, service on national study sections, invited reviews in major journals, and invited presentations of the candidate’s research findings at national and international conferences
    • A substantial number of peer-reviewed publications will be necessary to be considered for this rank and evidence of sustained extramural support for research is typically associated with this rank
    • Must have national recognition, and in most cases international recognition, as excellent researcher, educator, clinician, or program builder, as documented by any of the following: awards or honors for research, educational, clinical, or program development contributions; invited talks (grand rounds, keynote addresses, visiting professorships)
    • Person granted tenure
    • Available at the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor
    • Rank will be commiserate with rank held at primary position
    • Holds primary position at another institution and will have collaborative relationship with JHUSOM
    • Person holds primary faculty appointment elsewhere and comes to JHUSOM for a set period of time to work
    • Must be paid by JHM or home institution at JHU minimum
    • Faculty holds primary appointment at another Department at the SOM
    • Rank will be the same as primary appointment
    • Primary department must sign off on the appointment
    • Faculty holds primary appointment at another Department at the SOM or another Division of JH
    • Primary department must sign off on the appointment for those holding primary appointment in the SOM
 

 

Rev 2/26/2021

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