Academic Appointments & Promotion at CUMC


This website is designed to help faculty and administrators understand the CUMC faculty career development pathways. The website will provide you with documents describing the academic track system and guides to individual sections covering careers focused on research, education and applied health sciences or public health interventions. Also included are resources to assist faculty in thoughtfully and strategically planning successful academic careers, as well as achieving promotion in academic rank.

Introduction & Overview

Columbia University Medical Center expects faculty distinction in each of the core mission elements that define excellence as an academic health center – research that includes the most basic discovery to the broadest population-based interventions; innovative education that attracts the top students and trainees and that lays the foundations for lifelong learning; and clinical care/public health interventions that offer extraordinary care to patients and improves the health of populations. Moreover, each of these mission elements has multiple dimensions which singly or in combination might form the focus for faculty careers.

The academic track system creates a framework for faculty and academic units to define, recognize and reward work done by the faculty at the four health sciences schools. Because the scholarly products  may vary by the academic area of focus, the system defines scholarly products expected from faculty, as well as measures of recognition of faculty accomplishments that would lead to promotion in academic rank for each area of focus. It is the intention that faculty may use these documents to strategically plan productive, successful, and satisfying careers at CUMC.

For specific questions regarding faculty tracks, appointment and promotion, please visit our FAQs.

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