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Securing Tenure


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Presentation: Securing Tenure
Speaker: Sandra Degen, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Chair for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Research, University of Cincinnati
Meeting: Physician-Scientist Career Development Meeting, New York Academy of Sciences, November 3-5, 2010
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Securing Tenure

  1. 1. “SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR THE PHYSICIAN SCIENTIST” Sandra J. Degen, PhD Martin Blaser, MD Lisa Guay-Woodford, PhD November 4, 2010
  2. 2. “TIME MANAGEMENT” Martin Blaser, MD Frederick H. King Professor of Internal Medicine, Chair of Medicine Professor of MicrobiologyNew York University School of Medicine
  3. 3. “Clinical & Translational ScienceAwards Program: What can it do for you” Lisa Guay-Woodford, MD Professor and Vice Chair of Genetics CTSA Director University of Alabama, Birmingham
  4. 4. “SECURING TENURE” Sandra J. Degen, PhDAssociate Chair for Academic Affairs Dept. of Pediatrics Vice President for ResearchUniversity of Cincinnati & Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center
  5. 5. WHAT DOES TENURE MEAN?It is important to know what tenure means at your institution• Historic academic aspiration• Permanent faculty line?• Does it apply to affiliated faculty?
  6. 6. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW• Timing• Promotion without tenure?• Criteria• Process• Dossier• Tips for success
  7. 7. TIMING• When does process start• When is promotion/tenure effective?• Time out policies for dependent care, etc
  8. 8. ARE PROMOTION & TENURE LINKED• In some institutions one can be promoted to Associate Professor separate from tenure decision• If so, you might meet promotion criteria before tenure criteria• Need to ask
  10. 10. DOCUMENTS• Department RPT Review Process• Department Format for CV• Department RPT Criteria• College of Medicine, Criteria for RPT
  11. 11. AREAS OF CONTRIBUTION• Clinical service• Teaching/mentoring• Research/scholarly activity• Service• Leadership• Professionalism
  12. 12. Tenure Track versus Other Tracks• Independence • First or senior author on publications of important, novel work• Substantial extramural funding (ie NIH) as PI• National/international reputation• Demonstrate continuous funding• Development of scientific collaborations
  13. 13. RPTPROCESS
  14. 14. LEVELS OF REVIEWDivision DirectorDepartment RPT CommitteeDepartment ChairCollege of Medicine RPT CommitteeDean, College of MedicineProvostPresident of UniversityBoard of Trustees of University
  15. 15. YOUR DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE• Find out who is on the committee• Find a member who can give you advise
  16. 16. RPTDOSSIER
  17. 17. DOCUMENTS in DOSSIER• Letters of recommendation (internal)• Letters of recommendation (external)• Self Statement• CV• Annual Reviews
  18. 18. DOSSIER• Letters are important• CV is important • document everything • don’t minimize what you do • don’t assume the committees knows anything about you• Your self statement is important for making important issues clearer
  20. 20. TIPS FOR SUCCESS Human Relations• Work WITH your chair• Ask for Chair’s advise and guidance• Mentors, mentors, mentors• Networking• Get to know “important” people
  21. 21. TIPS FOR SUCCESS Research• Work hard; learn new things• Be productive• Publish, publish, publish• Protect time for scholarly activity
  22. 22. TIPS FOR SUCCESS Grant Writing• Take advantage of grant writing workshops• Ask for help• Pre-review of grants by your mentors• Grant writing IS an art• Initially small grants are good• Diversify grant portfolio
  23. 23. TIPS FOR SUCCESS Grants and Grant Reviews• If you do not try you will not get a grant• Recycle grants• Don’t give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!• Be responsive to reviews
  24. 24. TIPS FOR SUCCESS• Take advantage of being young• Focus, focus, focus• Be proactive; look out for yourself• Don’t give up• Money and publications• Know expectations• Mentors