Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Faculty Affairs Office

Promotion & Tenure: A Guide for Administrators

Feinberg's promotion and tenure process occurs on an annual cycle, with approved promotion/tenure taking effect on September 1 of the year following application.  The resources on this page are intended to help administrators navigate the process.


The Administrator's Role in the Promotion & Tenure Process 

Department administrators are expected to coordinate the submission of a candidate's promotion/tenure dossier to the Faculty Affairs Office, which includes collecting the promotion/tenure dossier from the candidate, working with the Department Chair to establish and coordinate an internal departmental review process to evaluate the candidate's qualifications for promotion or tenure, and ensuring each promotion/tenure application is complete with supplementary documentation prepared/obtained by the department (e.g., evaluation from departmental APT Committee, recommendation letter from Department Chair, letters from external referees).  Administrators often play an important role in advising faculty candidates on the promotion process and faculty may even look to you for guidance on how to strengthen their promotion/tenure applications.  Given this, it is important that you become familiar with FSM's different faculty career tracks.  The better you understand faculty career tracks and the expectations for achievement in each track, the better you will be able to support your faculty in their career advancement.


2017-2018  Promotion & Tenure Cycle

The Feinberg School of Medicine next will be accepting applications for the 2017-2018 cycle, with approved promotion/tenure taking effect on September 1, 2018.  Department administrators are expected to coordinate the submission of a candidate's promotion/tenure dossier to the Faculty Affairs Office.  Refer to the table below for an overview of the requirements. 

table of administrative checklists

Administrator Resources