New Teaching Professor Pathway promotes excellence in teaching

Department news | October 27, 2022

The mission of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is to improve the health of the public, and we seek to advance that mission through excellence in all components of our academic and clinical activities. We are committed to providing a supportive environment that enables faculty members to take ownership of their professional development and to build a successful career following a pathway that recognizes and rewards their contributions as clinicians, researchers, or clinicians. With the addition of a new Teaching Professor Pathway, we now offer five distinct career pathways for our faculty:

  • New! Teaching Professor Pathway: for faculty who are primarily committed to the creation of new educational content/courses, contributions to interdisciplinary teaching, and the furthering of educational best-practices.
  • Salaried Clinical Faculty Pathway: for faculty whose primary focus is providing excellent patient care with a defined area of clinical expertise.
  • Clinician Teacher Pathway: for faculty primarily committed to clinical care and teaching.
  • Faculty Scientist Pathway: for faculty primarily committed to research and teaching.
  • Research Professor Pathway: for faculty who primarily conduct research.

We are one of the few departments in the School of Medicine that offers all five pathways, a testament to our faculty’s diversity of interests, expertise and passions. Staci Guerrero, MBA, Associate Director of Human Resources, is working with Eric Bruns, PhD, and Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH, co-chairs of our departmental promotions committee, to create a brief overview of the promotions criteria for each pathway and to help orient new and junior faculty to the various pathways and options as they begin their careers.