Faculty Appointments and Promotions

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 OUWB'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 within four years of initial appointment

Tenured

  • 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

Supplemental

  • 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

For further information regarding the appointment process, please contact us at medfacaffairs@oakland.edu

Promotion

**In order to apply for Promotion in the 2021/2022 cycle, Promotion Training is required.**

For those applying to the ranks of Associate Professor or Professor you must attend both:

  • Strategies for Success: Building a Case of Achievement
  • What you need to know: Understanding the System Requirements for Promotion.

For those applying to the rank of Assistant Professor you must attend:

  • What you need to Know: Understanding the System Requirements for Promotion.

Please click here for a list of available training dates. 

Standard Promotions

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

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

Faculty members applying to the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor must document excellence in three of the four achievement categories. Faculty members with a Clinician focus must document achievement in Service and two additional achievement categories. Faculty members with a Clinician Investigator or Clinician Educator focus must document achievement in Scholarship, Service and one additional achievement category. 

Faculty members who are applying for the rank of Professor (all focuses) must document excellence in all four Achievement categories. 

Tenure Track - Tenured Promotions 

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

  1. Education
  2. Scholarship
  3. Service

General Information for Promotion

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, curriculum vitae (CV), personal statement, achievement summaries and electronic reference solicitation.

Faculty who are interested in seeking promotion must meet with the appropriate department chair to discuss readiness. At the appropriate time, supported recommendations for promotion shall be given access to the promotion module in the SmartPath system. 

Additional information on the promotion process and criteria can be found in the OUWB Faculty Handbook. 

Contact Us for Further Information 

For further information regarding the promotion process, please contact Deirdre Pitts, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic, Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion, at pitts@oakland.edu or Janine DeWitte, M.Ed., Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, at jmdewitt@oakland.edu