SMPH Faculty Tracks
This document provides information on the types of faculty tracks used in SMPH.
From the campus perspective, only individuals on the tenure track are recognized as "Faculty" and individuals on the CHS, CT, Research and Teaching tracks are considered "Academic Staff". SMPH, however, considers all five tracks as Faculty. Following the campus designation, tenure track positions adhere to Faculty Policies and Procedures (FP&P) while CHS, CT, Research Professor and Teaching Professor tracks adhere to Academic Staff Policies and Procedures (ASPP).
The tenure track faculty member contributes to the research, educational, and service missions of the department. The faculty member is expected to develop and maintain a strong extramurally funded research program as evidenced by extramural research support; invitations to speak at national or international conferences; invitations to participate as visiting professor; invitations to prepare books, chapters, or reviews; service on editorial boards or as an officer in a national or international professional society; awards or honors--regional, national or international; appointment to governmental review panels or committees; and/or appointments to major committees of national professional societies.
Potential educational roles include didactic instruction; clinical instruction; supervision of medical students, graduate students, residents, or undergraduate students; mentoring of postdoctoral trainees; new course development; development of innovative approaches to teaching, service as a director of a major course or training program; published textbooks, syllabi, or articles on educational research; and a scholarly approach to patient care.
Service to the department, school, university, and academic community nationally or internationally is expected. Clinician Faculty are expected to participate in clinical practice as part of the department’s service mission.
- Tenure track faculty contribute to the research, education, and service missions of the department.
- Usually effort split of Research - 50% to 60% and Teach/Clinical/Service - 40% - 50%
- Focus is independent research; Expectation to develop and maintain a strong extramurally funded research program.
- Service is to the department, school, university, and academic community, both nationally and internationally.
- "Tenure appointment” means an appointment for an unlimited period granted to a ranked (associate or full professor) faculty member by the Board of Regents upon the affirmative recommendation of their academic department, or its functional equivalent, the Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, the Divisional Tenure Committee, the Provost and the Chancellor of the University.
- Appointment as professor/associate requires meeting established SMPH criteria for rank.
- "Probationary appointment” means an appointment as an assistant professor held by a member of the university faculty during the period of service that precedes determination of tenure status.
- Appointments cannot go below 50% (except for temporary partial leave of absence)
- Tenure-track faculty are on a 7-year probationary clock (notice by end of 6th year / promote by end of 7thyear).
- Promotion from Associate Professor to Professor goes through the SMPH Promotions Committee
Clinical Health Sciences (CHS)
The CHS track faculty member contributes to the SMPH’s missions through a scholarly approach to patient care, teaching and/or research. Clinical activity requires demonstration of outstanding clinical performance combined with an in-depth commitment to furthering the knowledge base of practitioners in the region or nation. Clinical duties, which are primary and typically comprise at least 50% of the faculty member’s effort, include but are not limited to the provision of care to patients at UW Health or other locations, providing oversight of students and trainees in clinical settings within the academic health center, providing oversight, direction and training of other clinical practitioners in a clinical or community-based health care setting, providing leadership in the area of clinical training and clinical or community-based care and/or leading efforts in areas such as comparative effectiveness, public health or biomedical informatics. The CHS faculty member will have an active role in the training/education of medical students, residents or other learners in a clinical or public health discipline. Consistent with the individual’s background, this position may pursue independent research as well as collaborate with other established researchers.
The faculty member is expected to develop a unique or exceptional teaching program and to establish an external reputation for her/his program. It is useful to distinguish two kinds of teaching: (a) clinical teaching - may involve lecture, demonstration, one-on-one teaching in a clinical or community-based setting, and postgraduate and continuing education service, service as a clerkship director, or management of a residency program; community-based teaching for public health professionals, and (b) classroom teaching - may include lectures, seminars, laboratories, discussion sections, workshops, and service as a course director.
Research efforts may include but are not limited to bench science (not typical), clinical trials, epidemiological studies, community-based research programs, comparative effectiveness studies, or collaborative research in clinical medical bioinformatics, community health intervention studies.
NOTE: Designation as a CHS faculty member does not guarantee appointment through the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation. Determination of the appropriateness of dual employment by SMPH and UWMF is based on UW Madison requirements and the bylaws of the UWMF.
- CHS faculty contribute to the SMPH missions through a scholarly approach to patient care, teaching and/or research.
- Clinical-50%-80% and Independent Research/Teaching/Service-20%-50%
- Primarily engaged in clinical duties, including patient care at UW Health or other locations (i.e., VA Hospital)
- Active role in the training and education of medical students, residents and other trainees in clinical and classroom settings
- Some translational research (applying basic science findings tomedical practice and meaningful health outcomes; studying health and illness in people)
- Service and/or leadership within the department, school, university and medical community regionally or nationally, including committees, journal review, etc.
- Appointment as professor/associate on this track requires meeting established SMPH criteria for rank. CHS titles must have the approval of an academic department.
- A CHS appointee generally will have the M.D., Ph.D. or other terminal degree.
- Appointments cannot go below 50% (including Instructor CHS) - this is SMPH policy
- CHS faculty are on a 9-year probationary clock (notice by end of 8th year / promote by end of 9th year) and promoted through SMPH Promotions Committee. If not promoted to associate professor at the end of 9 years their appointment as assistant professor rank will end.
- Instructor (CHS) title used for terminal appointments.
Clinician-teacher track faculty provide service through the provision of patient care as their primary responsibility. Medical student and resident education within the context of the clinical practice is expected. Clinician-teacher faculty may participate in research such as through the accrual of patients to clinical trials. Service may also be part of the role of the C-T track faculty, through participation in the governance of the department and the School of Medicine and Public Health, and through medical community service.
- Clinical: 90% - 95% and Teach/Service: 5%-10% (Breakdown does not necessarily apply to Clinical Instructors)
- Patient care is primary responsibility
- Education and supervision of medical students and residents in the clinical setting
- Service through participation in department governance and medical community
- Clinical trials research only (performed on people to learn if new treatments are safe and effective)
- Clinical titles must have approval of an academic department.
- Require an M.D. or D.O. degree.
- Appointments cannot go below 5%
- No probationary clock – promotion beyond Assistant rank is not required; promotions on CT track go through SMPH Promotions Committee.
Clinical Instructor rank used for terminal appointments for the following:
- One, two or three year SMPH fellowships to learn specialties following completion of residency.
- Small percentage “moonlighting” appointments outside of a training program
Individuals appointed at the clinical instructor level may have qualifications and training comparable with faculty.
Research Professor track faculty contribute to the research missions of the SMPH through outstanding performance in basic, translational, clinical, or public health research.
Research Professor track faculty must maintain a fully funded research portfolio, with 5% of salary funded by non-sponsored sources. Such a portfolio will include extramural grants on which the faculty member is PI, leadership of a substantive research core facility, or both. Typically, a fully funded portfolio will include one or more assigned, compensated research activities such as leadership and participation within an established research team, contributions to research support activities in a department or research center, or research administration.
Appointment in the Research Professor track confers eligibility to apply for Permanent PI status. Employees who held Permanent PI status prior to transfer to the Research Professor track retain Permanent PI status.
- General expectations in the Research Professor faculty track include the following roles and responsibilities:
- Research Professor track faculty must establish, based on extramural funding and/or other mechanism(s) approved by the dean’s office, the financial resources necessary to maintain their independent research program including their salary. Their independent research program may be part of a core or center. Exceptional circumstances related to independent funding may be made with approval by the Dean
- Formulate long-range research projects
- Publish peer-reviewed research papers, books, or book chapters; present at conferences
- Research Professor track appointees must have a PhD or other relevant terminal degree.
- Similar to CHS and CT, the Research track is an Academic Staff track and is governed by Academic Staff Policies and Procedures (ASPP).
If a department is interested in starting a recruitment to hire someone on this track, or if they are interested in considering moving a current employee onto this track, the Department Chair or center director must speak with the SMPH Dean for approval before the process is initiated.
For more information, please visit the Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Research Professor.
Teaching Professors collectively contribute to the SMPH’s mission through significant contributions to our teaching mission, by advancing teaching and learning in their discipline, and/or using innovative strategies that produce course and/or curriculum improvement.
- General expectations in the Teaching Professor track include excellence in teaching and assessment of learners. These colleagues may engage in the scholarship of learning and teaching and have an instructional and curricular impact through scholarly work or publications or sharing their creative and scholarly work through other media.
- Teaching Professors are responsible for independent classroom, clinic, community and/or laboratory instruction as well as assessment of learner performance. In addition, they may have some of the following roles and responsibilities:
- Advising learners on academic and career direction within a specific field of study
- Instructional design and curriculum development
- Supervision of student employees (e.g. teaching assistants) involved in development or delivery of instruction
- Development of teaching strategies relevant to the discipline
- Contributing to the development of teaching and learning scholarly work such as publications and presentations at local, regional or national meeting
- Contributing to the development of curricula and academic content through the use of various instructional technologies and/or multi-media
- Teaching Professor track appointees should have a doctoral degree of some type e.g. MD, PhD, DO, DPT or terminal professional degrees of a MS in Genetic Counseling, Physician Assistant Degree or a MPH. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, consistent with campus “Policy on Minimum Qualifications for Instructional Staff.”
- Similar to CHS and CT, the Teaching track is an Academic Staff track and is governed by Academic Staff Policies and Procedures (ASPP).
If a department is interested in starting a recruitment to hire someone on this track, or if they are interested in considering moving a current employee onto this track, the Department Chair or center director must speak with the SMPH Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for approval before the process is initiated.
For more information, please visit the Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Teaching Professor.
For additional information, please see the Appointments and Promotions Guidelines, located on our Faculty Policies & Resources page.
Faculty Track Comparison
|Track/Title||Job Code||Appt Type||Campus Type||Contract Dates||Probationary Clock||Term||Receives Reappointment Letters|
|Assistant Professor||FA040||Probationary||Faculty||Yes||Yes||Must be promoted by end of probationary clock or appointment ends||Yes|
|Clinical Health Sciences (CHS)|
|Professor (CHS)||IC014||Senior||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Associate Professor (CHS)||IC015||Senior||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Assistant Professor (CHS)||IC016||Probationary||Academic Staff||Yes||Yes||Must be promoted by end of probationary clock or appointment ends||Yes|
|Instructor (CHS)||IC017||None||Academic Staff||No||No||Terminal||N/A|
|Clinical Professor||IC009||Senior||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Clinical Associate Professor||IC010||Senior||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Clinical Assistant Professor||IC011||None||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Clinical Instructor||IC012||None||Academic Staff||No||No||Terminal||N/A|
|Research Professor||RE035||Senior||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Research Associate Professor||RE113||Senior||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Research Assistant Professor||RE112||None||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Teaching Professor||TL022||Senior||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Teaching Associate Professor||TL056||Senior||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|
|Teaching Assistant Professor||TL055||None||Academic Staff||Yes||No||Fixed Renewable||Yes|