Faculty Development

Overview

The Department of Surgery strives to provide opportunities and resources for its faculty to develop areas of expertise and scholarship as a process of career development.  It is for this reason that the Surgery Faculty Development Committee was instituted in 2010.

Appointments to the faculty of the Penn State College of Medicine are made in the Tenure Track or Fixed Term (Non-Tenure Track) categories.  Information regarding each category can be found in the tabs below, as well as the Department of Surgery's Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.
 

Tenure track appointments carry a strict temporal sequence of evaluations that culminate in the award of tenure on July 1st of your 7th year on the faculty (see Timeline). In order to accomplish this, schedule PSU HR23, is in place and guidelines for the College of Medicine are available. The guidelines for the expectations of the Department of Surgery can be found on the Department web site.

  • Your 2nd year tenure review actually occurs during the fall of your second year of appointment.
  • Your 4th year tenure review actually occurs during the fall of your fourth year of appointment.
  • Your 6th year review, which is actually the document that will be reviewed for tenure (and promotion as they usually go hand in hand) occurs in the fall of you 6th year of appointment. 
  • Your dossier is reviewed by the Department of Surgery Promotion and Tenure Committee, the College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee and the PSU Promotion and Tenure Committee at University Park.

Important:

  • If you are denied tenure, you can no longer hold a position within Penn State University. So, the time frame to achieve the requirements for the award of tenure is relatively short, particularly for clinicians.
  • If you are awarded tenure, you will be notified by the President of the University.

For helpful information, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs web site.
 

Fixed term appointments do not carry the same formal sequence of evaluations as there is no strict temporal sequence for promotion.

  • When it has been determined by your Division Chief and the Departmental Chair that your productivity warrants promotion, the dossier is prepared and reviewed in the spring. The earliest this is typically done is in the 6th year of appointment (for consideration for Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor).
  • Your dossier is reviewed by the Department of Surgery Promotion and Tenure Committee and the College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee. Fixed term faculty members’ dossiers are not reviewed by the PSU Promotion and Tenure Committee at University Park. The decision is made within the College of Medicine.
  • If your proposed promotion is successful, you will be notified by the Dean of the College of Medicine.

For helpful information, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs web site.
 

The Surgery Promotion and Tenure Guidelines are available here.