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The Clinician-Educator career track is for faculty who contribute to the clinical, educational and/or research missions of the medical school but whose major effort is in the areas of clinical practice, practice-related activities and/or education. Clinical faculty who spend the majority of their time in clinical practice or practice-related activities, but also perform some clinical research, should also be appointed in this track. This is a non-tenure-eligible career track.

Faculty appointed on the Clinician-Educator track select two of the following four domain areas in which to specialize, and are evaluated for appointment and promotion based on their accomplishments and contributions in those domains:

  • Clinical impact and recognition
  • Education and teaching
  • Original research
  • Health services management

Clinician-Educator Faculty Ranks

  • Instructor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor

Recruit & Appoint

Start the Pre-Search Process

Before initiating a faculty search, you must follow the process detailed here to obtain approval and receive a search number.


Conduct the Search

Learn how to use Northwestern's new Faculty Recruiting System to conduct a search.


Get Offer Letter Approval

The dean's office must approve your offer letter before you send it to your finalist.


Record Candidate Decision

Revise an approved offer or record a declined offer.


Accepted Offer Final Steps

Follow these steps after a candidate accepts an offer in order to finalize the appointment.


Appointment Actions for Current Clinician-Educators


Information on faculty performance review and the annual reappointment process

Promotion & Tenure
Propose faculty for promotion/tenure review in the annual promotion cycle

Change to Appointment
Process changes of basis, category, career track or tenure status

Secondary Appointment
Grant a secondary appointment to a faculty member whose primary appointment is in another Northwestern school or Feinberg department

Honorific Appointments
Nominate a faculty member for an endowed professorship or emeritus appointment

Transfer a faculty member to your department from another Northwestern school or Feinberg department

Leave of Absence
Process a paid or unpaid leave for a current faculty member

Retirement, resignations, terminations and death

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