APT Criteria and Tracks

The criteria for appointment, promotion and tenure within each track are delineated in the Track I (Tenured/Tenure earning), Track II (Practice), and Track III (Research) APT criteria documents. In the criteria documents, many examples are provided regarding how faculty can demonstrate that criteria are met; however, it is important to note that the examples are illustrative, not all are needed to document quality, and examples that are not listed may be used. It is important to recognize that meeting or exceeding the minimal criteria does not guarantee appointment, promotion, or tenure due to financial or programmatic constraints. An overview of each track and corresponding documents are below.

Track I

The role of the faculty member in our Track I, a tenure earning track, is to contribute to our mission by advancing the science of nursing through research as an independent investigator, as evidenced by a program of research, scholarly publications, and extramural research funding. Advancement in Track I is determined by progressive significance and impact of the scholar’s research, which receives national or international recognition. All faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching and progressive contributions in service.

Tenure

We have a 10-year tenure clock. This means the time from the initial appointment in any track in our School until a decision to, or not to, award tenure is 10 years.

If tenure has not been awarded following the ninth year, a candidate for promotion will be notified by our APT Committee six months prior to the first day of their tenth year on the tenure track; the faculty member will be notified to submit their materials for tenure review by the first day of their tenth year. If a request for tenure review has not been initiated by a faculty member by the first day of the tenth year, the APT Committee will inform the Dean and Division Chair that the committee cannot recommend tenure, and the Dean will notify the faculty member of the committee's decision.

In accordance with university bylaws, if the candidate in a tenure track is not notified of a decision regarding tenure by the end of their tenth year, then tenure is granted by default. Tenure clock extensions may be granted in extenuating circumstances as described in the Duke University Faculty Handbook. Untenured tenure track positions are subject to renewal, and these appointments expire on June 30 unless otherwise specified.

Tenure may be granted at the time of appointment or through promotion.

Track I APT Criteria (effective through June 2019).

Track I APT Criteria (effective July 2019).

Track II

The role of the faculty member in our Track II, a non tenure earning practice track, is to contribute to our mission through scholarly practice as a clinician, educator or administrator, as evidenced by dissemination of practice and teaching innovations in scholarly venues and leadership that transforms and improves practice and education. Advancement in Track II is determined by progressive significance and impact of the faculty member’s scholarly practice, which receives national or international recognition. All faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching and progressive contributions in service.

All faculty appointments in Track II are considered to be term appointments that expire on June 30 unless otherwise specified. Track II appointments are reviewed annually for reappointment.

Track II APT Criteria (effective through June 2019).

Track II APT Criteria (effective July 2019).

Track III

The role of the faculty member in our Track III, a non tenure earning research track, is to contribute to our research mission in one of two ways, as an independent investigator or as a methodological consultant/collaborator on other DUSON faculty research programs. The faculty member’s contributions are evidenced by either an independent program of research or methodological expertise, extramural or intramural research funding, and/or scholarly publications on data-based research and research methods. Advancement in Track III is determined by progressive significance and impact of the faculty member’s program of research or methodological area, which receives national or international recognition. All faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching and progressive contributions in service.

All faculty appointments in Track III are considered to be term appointments that expire on June 30 unless otherwise specified. Track III appointments are reviewed annually for reappointment.

Track III APT Criteria (effective through June 2019).

Track III APT Criteria (effective July 2019).

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