Department of Pediatrics Promotions FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about promotions guidelines: Department of Pediatrics (DOP)
Prepared by S. Davis, T. Noah, S. Tolleson-Rinehart (Revised June 24, 2021)
Please click on the questions below for our most up to date answersWhat types of scholarship “count” towards the ≥ 5 required items?
Tenure track: Generally means 1st/senior authorship of published, peer-reviewed original research or scholarship, though there may be certain exceptions, such as in the education focus (see below).
Fixed term: A broader range of peer-reviewed or invited scholarship may be counted. This broader range includes chapters, books, peer-reviewed presentations, invited workshops, and curricula. Middle authorship of papers or invited presentations significant for the field may also be considered, e.g., products of multidisciplinary or team science where the faculty member made substantial contributions to the published work.
Faculty should consider: a short description of their specific contributions to middle-author papers in their CV; brief statements from 1st/senior authors explaining your contribution, if not contained in the publication; and use of Contributors Role Taxonomy (CRedIT): http://credit.niso.org/
Note: If the same invited presentation is given multiple times, it will not count multiple times toward the scholarship total unless the faculty member can demonstrate unique effects or results of the presentation in multiple venues.
- Faculty member’s progress toward promotion reviewed annually by Mentoring Committee and/or Division Chief
- Request and rationale for promotion review by Division Chief on behalf of the Faculty member
- Promotions advisory sub-committee appointed to review Division Chief’s recommendations, CV and teaching evaluations; assessments by Department DEI Committee; Teaching summary prepared. Sub-committee sends report and recommendation to the Chair
- Chair makes decision whether to move forward
- Letters of support solicited by Department as per SOM guidelines; reviewed when required number received
- Faculty member’s dossier submitted to Department Full Professors (meeting quarterly) for discussion; vote to move forward, reject, or table pending completion or improvement of specific items
- If Chair recommends promotion based on all of the above, dossier submitted to SOM HR for review by appropriate SOM APT committee, SOM Dean’s advisory council (DAC), and “main campus” (Health Services Advisory Council [HSAC-], Provost, and Board of Trustees)
In selected cases, a waiver of national search may be requested for a specific circumstance, but this must be reviewed and approved by the Provost.
When it is unclear which track is appropriate, new faculty may be initially appointed into the Variable Track as described in the SOM guidelines (p. 4), but will be required to differentiate to tenure or fixed term at the end of 2-3 years.
Adjunct faculty promotions use a streamlined administrative process, not requiring letters of reference or Full Professors votes.
Faculty at off-campus sites who are appointed to standard faculty positions in DOP will be expected to meet all the same criteria for promotion as those on campus.
School of Medicine Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development (“FALD”) Career Navigation page: This page contains links to the SOM standard c.v. format requirements, and to examples that may be of use as you craft your DEI statement. https://www.med.unc.edu/facultyaffairs