Provost's Announcement

A founding principle of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) is the expectation of exceptional achievement in basic, translational, clinical, or other forms of investigation, and in the practice and teaching of the health professions. Since our appointment as the RBHs interim provosts in January of 2014, we have worked to develop a draft proposal setting forth guidelines for faculty appointments and promotions to advance this goal.

RBHS will support the faculty's efforts to become leaders in their respective fields. Towards this end, RBHS will endeavor to provide the necessary infrastructure and environment, and RBHS will strive to nurture the culture of intellectual curiosity to support the endeavors of the faculty to create knowledge and move the health care field forward. Fulfillment of these obligations by the University is indispensable in ensuring the ability of faculty members to achieve these aspirations.

We are proposing four different faculty tracks: a tenure track, and three non-tenure track pathways. Each track will serve an equally important but different function towards ensuring the collective success of the institution and its faculty. There is no distinction in titles of faculty on different tracks. In addition, part time faculty may be appointed to positions of full academic rank if they meet the criteria outlined in these guidelines and such positions are available.

To introduce these guidelines to the faculty, we scheduled eleven sessions across RBHS including a meeting with the Faculty Council, an open forum in Newark, an open forum in New Brunswick/Piscataway, and school-based meetings at New Jersey Medical School, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Related Professions, the School of Public Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and the College of Nursing. Through these sessions, we learned a great deal about the specific challenges for each school's faculty, distinctions between the various academic disciplines, and the pedagogical needs for training the diverse professionals represented across RBHS.

Submit Your Comments

To complete the development of these draft guidelines, additional faculty input is welcome. We welcome your comments, and encourage you to submit them.

If you have specific questions please feel free to email us at: rbhsprovost@ca.rutgers.edu.

We look forward to an open and productive discussion on this proposal.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey L. Carson, M.D.
Interim Provost - New Brunswick
Robert Wieder, M.D., Ph.D.
Interim Provost - Newark