Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Appointments and Promotions

Faculty Appointments

Faculty Appointments

Faculty appointments are granted to individuals who are actively involved in the educational program of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Recommendations for faculty appointments within the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine are initiated by Department Chairs.

To apply for appointment to all ranks, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Show evidence of involvement in the educational program
  • Have an affiliation with Beaumont Health or Oakland University
  • Possess an appropriate terminal degree relevant to the discipline under consideration

The school of medicine's faculty appointment process is managed through the OUWB School of Medicine's online appointment and promotion system SmartPath

Candidates interested in a faculty appointment should contact the appropriate Department Chair to initiate the appointment request. 

Upon confirmation, the applicant will receive an email to prepare their CV in the SmartPath system.

Types of Appointments

Standard Appointment

  • Time limited non-tenure track appointment
  • Must maintain active affiliation with Beaumont Health or Oakland University
  • 3 year renewable appointment

Tenure Track

  • Available to Oakland University employed faculty at the rank of Assistant or Associate. Not available to those with a clinical focus.
  • Must maintain active employment with Beaumont Health or Oakland University
  • Assistant Professors must advance to the rank of Associate with tenure
  • Tenure trank faculty in the rank of Associate are required to seek and obtain tenure withing four years of initial appointment


  • Recognizes an exceptional level of academic achievement at the rank of Associate Professor and Professor
  • Granted in seven-year terms; renewable indefinitely
  • Subject to post-tenure review


  • Adjunct, Secondary, Emeritus, Visiting (for more information regarding supplemental appointments, please see the OUWB Faculty Handbook

Helpful Information: 

  1. Departmental Committee on Appointment, Promotions, & Tenure Guidelines
  2. Department Chair Recommendation Template

Contact Us for Further Information

For further information regarding the appointment process, please contact Brian December, at 248-370-3626 or email us at


OUWB School of Medicine Promotion Process

Standard Promotions

A standard promotion process depends upon the faculty member's ability to document appropriate achievements in three of four of the following areas of academic life:

  1. Education
  2. Scholarship
  3. Service or 
  4. Patient Care/Clinical Activities

Tenure Track - Tenured Promotions 

A tenure track-tenured promotion process depends upon the faculty member's ability to document appropriate achievements in  all of the following areas of academic life:

  1. Education
  2. Scholarship
  3. Service

Candidates for both standard and tenure track-tenured promotions must specifically document that they have met or exceeded the guidelines for the relevant promotion. The responsibility to prove that academic promotion has been earned rests with the applicant. This documentation must be clear and unequivocal as the promotion and/or tenure application is scrutinized at several levels of the School of Medicine and the University to to verify that criteria have been met.

The OUWB faculty promotion process is announced on an annual basis in the month of March. The process is managed through our faculty data tracking system SmartPath. The system optimizes the promotion process by facilitating web based submissions for the material required for promotion; including but not limited to the promotion application, CV, personal statement, achievement summaries and electronic reference solicitation.

Faculty who are interested in seeking a promotion in rank must meet with the appropriate department chair to discuss readiness. Supported recommendations shall be given access to the promotion module in the SmartPath system.

Individuals interested in promotion are strongly encouraged to attend "Initiating your Promotion Process" a workshop that covers the promotion application process, criteria for promotion and how to access SmartPath.   

Contact Us for Further Information 

For further information regarding the promotion process, please contact Deirdre Pitts, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at or Janine DeWitte, M.Ed., Manager of Faculty Affairs at