What's the difference between "tenured" and "non-tenured" at UNC SOM?

Tenure is separate from promotion through the fixed track. Tenure recognizes contributions above and beyond the requirements for promotion: contributions that constitute enduring improvements for the profession of surgery, the University, and its related programs. Fixed track ranks are consecutive fixed term appointments.

Clinical efforts and activities in the Department of Surgery are viewed by the Chair as equally important to tenure activities; and conversion to the fixed track is always a possibility to discuss with your Chief and Chair. Criteria to evaluate clinical track efforts and activities include:

  1. Productivity and volume in OR cases, inpatient, and outpatient
  2. Evaluation of clinical and teaching quality from medical students, residents, fellows, and peers
  3. Success in practice and trust of colleagues demonstrated by referral patterns and through a valid review of complaints, litigation, and satisfaction data from patients and referring physicians.
  4. Community and state service

Faculty titles do not identify tenured faculty, except in official University paperwork. In practice, an "Associate Professor" or a "Professor" has that title, whether or not the individual has tenure.