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
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 Undifferentiated Faculty
Information on faculty performance review and the annual reappointment process
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
Grant a secondary appointment to a faculty member whose primary appointment is in another Northwestern school or Feinberg department