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RMC Faculty Appointment & Promotion Requirements

Requirements for Appointment/Promotion for Active Faculty at each rank

Promotion requires a traditional balance of activities: research, education, clinical practice and service

Rank Rank Category Tenured/ non-tenured

Categories of Excellence for promotion:


Scholarly Activity Recognition/Reputation
Criteria for promotion:

Scholarly activity

Instructor Junior  Non-tenured

First faculty rank appointment given after postgraduate training

Potential for development in one area of excellence

Not Applicable
Assistant Professor Junior Non-tenured

Appointment might be given as a first appointment to clinical faculty after fellowship training and Board certification

Promotion from Instructor must display development in one area and demonstrate potential for development in two areas of excellence

Evidence of Scholarly
Associate Professor Senior Tenured Requires two areas of Excellence on which to be promoted Requires local/regional
scholarly activity
Professor Senior Tenured Requires three areas of Excellence on which to be promoted Requires national/international 
scholarly activity

Tenured appointments/promotions do not require reappointment

There should be a five year minimum before promotion from junior to senior ranks and between senior ranks

Requirements for Appointment/Promotion for Non-Primary (Adjunct, Visiting or Emeritus) and Joint Faculty Appointments at RMC
  • No path for promotion. Appointments are non-tenured and limited.
  • Adjunct and visiting ranks should be appointed to reflect the faculty member's rank at their primary institution
  • Joint appointment should match the rank of the primary appointment (whether active or adjunct) in respective department/college at Rush University
  • Emeritus rank reflects the last senior rank faculty member held at Rush prior to emeritus appointment