Appointment at Senior Rank: Details Regarding Contingency, Process, and Time Frames
A new faculty appointment at senior rank at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UCSOM) is contingent upon the approval by the Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee (SAPC), the Dean, the Provost, and the UConn Health Center Board of Directors.
If the full approval process has been completed prior to the start date, then the designated senior rank will apply from the outset. In the event, however, that the approval process has not been completed prior to the start date, then the following policy with regard to rank will apply.
For a person whose prior rank at another institution has been that of Assistant Professor, the rank of Assistant Professor shall be used at UCSOM until the approval process is completed by the SAPC, the Dean, the Provost and the Board of Directors.
For a person who has previously achieved senior rank (Associate Professor or Professor) at his or her institution, the title of “Visiting Associate Professor” or “Visiting Professor” (whichever level has been achieved) may be used so long as the complete nomination packet has been submitted to the Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee either prior to, or within 60 days of, that individual’s designated start-date. In the event that all the required nomination packet materials are not submitted within this time frame, then the rank and title used will, instead, be “Assistant Professor.” In that case, the initial appointment will remain at the rank of Assistant Professor until such time as the individual is approved for promotion, on the normal academic schedule.
Thus, it is essential that the Department Chair and the faculty member wishing to be appointed at senior rank coordinate effectively to collect and submit the nomination packet expeditiously.