Faculty Appointment, Promotion & Tenure Information

COM Promotion and Tenure Timeline

COM Faculty Tracks Overview

COM Criteria and Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Faculty

Departmental Norms (last updated Fall 2018​)

Appointments and Promotion

Appointment and Promotion in the Academic (RT), Academic (CT), and Research tracks

Appointment and Promotion in the Clinical Discipline track

Appointment and Promotion in the Clinical and Adjunct tracks

2019-20 P&T Cycle

Departments must notify the COM Office of Faculty Affairs of anticipated AY19-20 promotion cases in their units by Friday, May 31, 2019.

Updates to departmental norms and criteria (if applicable) should be submitted by Friday, October 25, 2019.



August 16, 2019 – Clinical Discipline; Clinical and Adjunct Track dossiers (salaried)

September 6, 2019 – Academic RT and Academic CT Track  dossiers (Assistant Professor to Associate Professor)

September 13, 2019 – Research Track dossiers; Academic RT and Academic CT Tracks dossiers (Associate Professor to Professor)

March 14, 2020 – Clinical and Adjunct Track dossiers (non-salaried)


New Appointments

Members of other medical schools in Illinois holding a position of assistant professor or higher will be eligible only for the title of Lecturer at UIC.

At the assistant professor level, determination of faculty track will be made by the department head.

For new appointments at advanced rank, a track-appropriate dossier must be submitted to the College for review and approval by the College promotions committee. This review should take place within the first year of appointment.

On rare occasion, an abbreviated set of documents may be permitted for cases of lateral-move appointments where the proposed rank and tenure status are equivalent to those held at the previous institution.  In such instances,  a written request from the department head justifying the need for an expedited review along with the candidate’s CV should be submitted to the Office of Faculty Affairs for review and approval prior to development of the dossier.  Not all requests will be granted.

Please note that all appointments to the tenure system (tenure-track assistant professors, probationary “Q” appointments, and tenured faculty) must have prior approval by the Board of Trustees before a faculty member may start his or her appointment. Departments should work with COM Human Resources and Faculty Affairs to develop the necessary paperwork well in advance of the proposed faculty start date.


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs.