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Faculty who spend the majority of their time in extramural-funded research with the intent to develop independent research programs are assigned to the Investigator track and appointed with the intention of promotion to associate professor or professor with tenure according to school policy. This is a tenure track, and faculty recruited for appointment at the level of associate professor or professor will normally have tenure at their current institution. Occasionally, based on unique circumstances, appointments of recruited faculty at the level of associate professor are made without tenure, allowing for tenure conversion at a later date.

For more information, view the Information Guide for Appointments, Promotion and Tenure (PDF).

Investigator Ranks

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor

Recruit & Appoint

Appointment Actions for Current Investigators

Faculty Performance Review
Conduct performance reviews using the Feinberg Faculty Portal

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

Salary Changes
Submit salary changes/shifts to FSM Finance

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Obtain the dean's signature on an MOU pertaining to a faculty appointment

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

Appoint Senior Administrative Leaders
Conduct an internal search to appoint an existing faculty member to an administrative leadership position (e.g., Vice Chair, Division Chief)

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

Outside Appointments
Obtain approval for a faculty member to accept an appointment at an another institution

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

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

Retirement, resignations, terminations and death