Senior Promotion to the ranks of Associate and Full Professor is fully outlined in this section of the website. For information on the promotion process to the rank of Assistant Professor please review the Junior Promotions section.
Who is Eligible to Apply:
Clinical Faculty who hold a full time, part-time or adjunct appointment at the University of Toronto are eligible to apply for academic promotion under the policies provided in the University of Toronto Policy and Procedures Governing Promotions.
Academic promotion is a means of acknowledging and rewarding faculty who have excelled in specific aspects of the University of Toronto’s academic mission of creating and disseminating knowledge, while providing service to the University. Academic promotion is solely awarded on the basis of academic achievement (excellence).
Please note: Long-term service does not qualify for promotion and must be rewarded through different means.
Academic achievement can be demonstrated as follows:
- Creative professional activity (CPA)
- Teaching and education
- Administrative service
Important note: Research, CPA and Teaching and Education are considered predominant pathways for promotion. Administrative Service alone is not grounds for senior promotion. You may choose to integrate Administrative Service within the other three areas (Research, CPA, Teaching and Education).
The University asks you to present your case for promotion by showcasing your reputation through achievements that have national/international recognition of your peers, the results of your work focusing on one of the predominant pathways (or, in rare instances, more than one) accompanied by competence in one of the other areas, typically teaching.
The greatest weight is given to academic achievement, also expressed as excellence or impact on the discipline in one of the above noted predominant pathways. Academic achievement in teaching alone, sustained over many years can justify eventual promotion.
Categorization of Submissions:
Submissions categorized in Research, CPA and Teaching and Education are evaluated independently of one another. This means you ARE NOT being evaluated on the number of categories you choose. Successful candidates are recognized for the academic achievement of their accomplishments, current activity, the overall impact made and how they have sustained and/or broadened this impact over time. The majority of candidates opt to position their accomplishments under one pathway that best represents their area of work.
The Role of Your Promotions Mentor:
The information in the links for each pathway provides an overview of prerequisites, requirements, and assessment. It is critical to frame your accomplishments in a logical and compelling way to be successful. You are being asked to draft a submission that contains a mixture of structured and free form content. Both are important. You will likely need more support in determining how to best do this, which is why we strongly encourage you to have ongoing discussions with your promotion mentor; this person is your greatest resource.
The CV, Teaching and Education Report, and Candidate’s Statement are the common documents across all promotion pathways. Specific pathways do require additional documents as part of the review process. An overview summarizing the specific documents (Summary of Documentation), as well as information about the common documents is provided below:
All your required documents form the foundation by which others will evaluate and prepare peer evaluations, and reporting letters of support that will help your application move through the review process starting with Department of Medicine to the Decanal Promotion Committee.
External and Internal Peer Evaluators (Referees):
External and internal evaluators (referred to as Referees) provide substantial weight in favour of your promotion. You are asked to recommend potential referees in context to the guidelines to determine appropriate experts in your field.
A full review of the statements and helpful guides in each of following links will provide you the best possible understanding of the criteria, assessment and your role and responsibilities as the promotion candidate. The Department of Medicine recommends you review the material in the order provided below:
Creative professional activity
Teaching and education
Other Promotion Processes
Other Important Information
Last updated:3/14/2013 3:08:51 PM