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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

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 Investigators


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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