Junior Promotion

Criteria for Junior Promotion (clinical faculty promotion from the rank of lecturer to the rank of assistant professor) 

All clinical faculty members may request junior promotion at any time that they fulfill the requirements for appointment at the rank of assistant professor, irrespective of time of year or duration of time as lecturer.

Department of Medicine requirements for appointment at the rank of assistant professor  

Full-time clinical faculty who are appointed initially at the rank of lecturer will usually be requested to hold off on requesting promotion to assistant professor until successful Continuing Faculty Appointment Review (CFAR). This enables CFAR review materials to be used for junior promotion, simplifying the work involved.

Promotion on the basis of sustained contribution to the academic mission may occur in the absence of meeting the requirements for initial appointment at assistant professor. There is no set timeline, but generally, for the criterion of sustained contribution to the academic mission, the application should demonstrate sustained contributions and scholarship in the Department of Medicine for at least three years. This is typically seen with Clinician Teachers who have three to five years of outstanding teaching evaluations and often one or more teaching awards or nominations.

Application Process and Documentation Requirements

The offices of the physician-in-chief (chief of staff or chief of medicine at community hospitals) are expected to work with the faculty member to assemble and submit the package requesting junior promotion. Faculty members without a hospital affiliation should work directly with the Department of Medicine (DoM) office and the relevant departmental division director (DDD) to prepare the request package. Complete application packages must be submitted online via Laserfische with the application form. 

The following materials are required:

All requests for Junior Promotion are vetted by the Department Appointments Committee, which meets monthly, and the Department Chair. If supportive, the Chair submits a request for promotion to the Faculty of Medicine for approval. For full-time clinical faculty, these requests are reviewed by the Faculty Appointments Advisory Committee (FAAC), which makes a recommendation for or against promotion to the Dean. Junior promotion applications for part-time and adjunct clinical faculty are approved by the senior advisor to the Dean on Clinical Affairs on behalf of the Dean.

The process timeline is:

Applications accepted by DoM from hospital until  Monthly DAC Meeting Monthly FAAC Meeting
March 3, 2021 March 23, 2021 April 29, 2021
April 6, 2021 April 27, 2021 May 27, 2021
May 4, 2021 May 25, 2021 June 24, 2021
June 2, 2021 June 22, 2021 July 22, 2021
No July Meeting No July Meeting August 26, 2021
August 3, 2021 August 24, 2021 September 23, 2021
September 7, 2021 September 28, 2021 October 28, 2021
October 5, 2021 October 26, 2021 November 25, 2021
November 3, 2021 November 23, 2021 December 9, 2021
December 2, 2021 December 14, 2021 January 27, 2022
January 4, 2022 January 25, 2022 February 24, 2022
February 2, 2022 February 22, 2022 March 24, 2022
March 2, 2022 March 22, 2022 April 28, 2022
April 4 2022 April 28, 2022 May 26, 2022
May 3, 2022 May 24, 2022 June 23, 2022

All questions regarding Junior Promotion should be addressed to the Department of Medicine Academic Appointments office at dom.academicappts@utoronto.ca.