Part 5 – Information for Clinical Scholar Candidates (UCAPT)

The designation “Clinical Scholar” is awarded by the President of the University after a recommendation by UCAPT. It is intended to convey the same honor and dignity as tenured status, though without the employment guarantees of tenure. Faculty Handbook section 4-B provides that Clinical Scholar and similar titles are for individuals who have gained high scholarly distinction in their fields, primarily engaged in clinical, creative, or professional practice, teaching, or research, but whose effort profile or type of research differs from that of tenured faculty.

For Clinical Scholars, excellence in research, teaching, and clinical service, and at least strength in other areas of service, is required. A candidate for Clinical Scholar will have a different effort profile from a candidate for tenure (e.g., more effort devoted to clinical work and less to research) or will be undertaking different types of research (e.g., leadership of clinical trials rather than P.I. of R01s).

A candidate for a Clinical Scholar designation at the associate level should be recognized at the national level and esteemed by experts in his or her field for being an innovator of clinically important research. As an example, Clinical Scholars may have provided substantive intellectual input and leadership to large collaborative treatment or clinical trials groups. Candidates for full professor with a Clinical Scholar designation should be recognized not only at the national but also the international level. A candidate for Clinical Scholar should also have demonstrated expertise in a particular area (e.g., a long track record of developing treatments for a particular disease or developing new and novel procedures for specific surgical problems).

The UCAPT panel that considers Clinical Scholar dossiers will typically include one or more faculty members who are themselves Clinical Scholars.

As provided in Faculty Handbook section 4-B, the Provost may approve similar titles for non-clinical disciplines.