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Applying for Promotion

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Photo from the 2022 Faculty Recognition Ceremony, celebrating faculty that received promotions during the 21-22 Cycle. Pictured from left to right are Dean Lee Learman, Dr. David Musick, Dr. Michael Nussbaum, recipient Dr. James Thompson, and Dr. Rebecca Pauly.

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!

Associate Professor to Professor

  • David S. Gregory - Family and Community Medicine 
  • Kris Ann K. Oursler - Internal Medicine 
  • Robin M. Queen - Orthopaedic Surgery 
  • Azziza O. Bankole - Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine 
  • James T. Thompson, II - Surgery

Assistant to Associate Professor

  • Michelle E. Clinton - Emergency Medicine 
  • Dorothy C. Garner - Internal Medicine 
  • Dakshinamurty N. Gullapalli - Internal Medicine 
  • Della C. Williams - Internal Medicine 
  • Emily A. Evans-Hoeker - Obstetrics and Gynecology 
  • Christopher M. Sullivan - Obstetrics and Gynecology 
  • Violet M. Borowicz - Pediatrics
  • Rahul K. Pandey - Pediatrics 
  • Christopher A. Pierce - Pediatrics 
  • Brooks King-Casas - Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine 
  • Mark Joseph - Surgery 
  • Daniel R. Tershak - Surgery 
  • Mark R. Witcher - Surgery

Instructor to Assistant Professor

  • Emily M. Holt Foerst - Basic Science Education 
  • Angelica W. Witcher - Health Systems and Implementation Science
A photo of a table with stacks of framed promotion certificates

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 vtcsomfaculty@vt.edu

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.  

Promotion Workshop November 2022

Dr. David Musick, senior dean for faculty affairs at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and Dr. Charles Schleupner, member of the appointments, promotions, and tenure communittee, walk through the basics of the promotions process at VTCSOM.

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