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Undifferentiated Faculty

Sometimes the career track (Clinician-Educator, Investigator or Team Scientist) to which a faculty member is most appropriately appointed is not evident at the time of initial appointment. To give such faculty time to determine their career focus, Feinberg occasionally grants non-tenure-eligible appointments on an undifferentiated career track, allowing the candidate to declare a track within the first three years of appointment or at the time of promotion to assistant professor, whichever is earlier.

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

Undifferentiated Track Faculty Ranks

  • Instructor: Career track to be declared within three years of initial appointment or at the time of promotion to assistant professor, whichever is earlier.
  • Assistant Professor: Career track to be declared within three years of initial appointment. Time spent as undifferentiated assistant professor counts against the tenure clock if the candidate later selects the tenure track.

Recruit & Appoint

Appointment Actions for Current Undifferentiated Faculty

Faculty Performance Review
Conduct performance reviews using the Feinberg Faculty Portal

Reappointment
Information on faculty performance review and the annual reappointment process

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

Declare Career Track or Change Appointment
Declare a career track or process other appointment change

Salary Changes
Submit salary changes/shifts to FSM Finance

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

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

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

Departures
Retirement, resignations, terminations and death