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Applying for Promotion

Dean Learman and Dr. Musick with five faculty promotion recipients
Faculty assembly honoring all the various faculty members that received a promotion in the 2018-19 academic year.

Promotion and tenure are important career transitions for academic faculty.  Academic medicine presents unique circumstances and challenges for faculty members who wish to be promoted and achieve their ultimate career goals. 

The Office of Faculty Affairs is here to help.  Please feel free to call upon us at any time we can be of assistance.  Our goal is to help you achieve your goals by providing personalized guidance at every step along the way!

Congratulations to our faculty members whose  promotions were recently approved by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Promotion to Associate Professor (non-tenure track)

  • Irving C. (Coy) Allen, basic science education
  • Peter Apel, orthopaedic surgery
  • Moises Cossio, internal medicine
  • Apostolos Dallas, internal medicine
  • Evelyn Garcia, radiology
  • David Iglesias, obstetrics and gynecology
  • Suzanna Jamison, internal medicine
  • Daniel Lollar, surgery
  • Anthony Loschner, internal medicine
  • Jayasimha Rao, internal medicine
  • Sarah Rivelli, psychiatry and behavioral medicine
  • Arnold Salzberg, surgery
  • James Smyth, basic science education
  • Umar Sofi, internal medicine
  • Keith Stephenson, surgery
  • Sachinder Vasudeva, psychiatry and behavioral medicine

Promotion to Professor (non-tenure track)

  • Jonathan Carmouche, orthopaedic surgery
  • Devasmita Dev, internal medicine
  • Stephanie Nagy-Agren, internal medicine

Here are some resources that we hope will be helpful to you as you prepare to seek promotion:

General Information

The Four Areas of Achievement (Principles Regarding Teaching, Research, Clinical Care and Service)

All VTCSOM faculty members are encouraged to be active in all four areas of achievement.  To be considered for promotion, a clinician faculty member must achieve significant progress (assistant to associate rank) or excellence (associate to professor rank) in any two of these areas.  Likewise, a basic science or other non-clinician faculty member must achieve significant progress (assistant to associate rank) or excellence (associate to professor rank) in two of these areas, one of which must be scholarly activity.

Promotion Timeline

VTCSOM is a college of Virginia Tech, and follows the promotion timeline published each year by the Office of the Provost.  Please keep in mind that this is a lengthy process which requires careful advanced planning. 

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to meet with a member of our Faculty Affairs team concerning any aspect of your promotion process, please contact

Portfolio Guidelines and Requirements

Use these portfolio guidelines to help you complete the necessary requirements.

Use the Teaching Philosophy Statement Guidelines to create your teaching philosophy (maximum 2 pages).

*Note - This does not replace information listed in the Faculty Affairs Guidelines. Please read guidelines first and use this to help guide you through the process.  


Committee Documentation