Promotions on the Medical Campus

Promotion at Boston University is the result of demonstrated and significant additional attainments after a faculty member has been appointed or last promoted. No rigid schedule exists for promotion. Eligibility for promotion is open to all full-time faculty members of Instructor or higher rank, including Research, Clinical, or of the Practice faculty. The decision to pursue promotion may be initiated by the faculty member.

A. Promotion Standards

Each School shall define appropriate standards for promotion. These standards are subject to approval by the Medical Campus Provost, and shall be made available to all faculty members in the School or College.

B. Promotion Procedures

  1. The first level of Promotion Review in the candidate’s department or division is conducted by full-time members holding rank at least as high as that for which the candidate is considered. The chair of the department or division reports the result of the faculty review as well as his/her own recommendation to the dean. The dean then refers the recommendation to the faculty committee process as outlined in each School’s by-laws. If the dean approves the promotion after considering the recommendation of the faculty review process, the recommendation is forwarded by the School to the Medical Campus Provost, and from the Provost to the University President. The decision of the President is final.
  2. The candidate shall, at his/her request, be given copies of reports and rationales from each level of the promotion review process. To facilitate this procedure, reports and rationales are formulated to preserve the anonymity of participants in the judgment (to the extent that this is consistent with the communication of the basis of judgment) at each level. The candidate is not given access to individual evaluations submitted in confidence.
  3. The candidate being reviewed for promotion has the right to appeal a negative recommendation of the dean to the Medical Campus Provost or of the Medical Campus Provost to the President, indicating the grounds of his/her dissatisfaction with the negative recommendations. This right of appeal does not extend beyond the President.

Adopted April 18, 2007, by the University Council.

Amended April 16, 2012,  following changes to the by-laws of the Board of Trustees.