Fillable Printable Reference Letter Template For Immigration
Fillable Printable Reference Letter Template For Immigration
Reference Letter Template For Immigration
Proposal Letter from the Department Chair
For Regular and Modified Faculty
Appointments and Promotion
Key Points: Proposal letters for appointment/promotion to Associate Professor and Professor
should be structured with the use of headings that identify the letter elements listed below.
Emphasize accomplishments since last promotion.
I.Introductory paragraph. State the candidate’s full name and degree, proposed academic
rank, proposed faculty track, effective date of appointment, and the field in which appointment
or promotion is being proposed. State clearly if this is an appointment or a promotion. For new
appointments, indicate if the candidate is being proposed for tenure. State for modified and
consortium hospital faculty candidates not employed by MUSC their place of primary
employment; average monthly hours of contact with MUSC students, residents, and fellows;
contributions to the academic missions of the College of Medicine and University.
A.Specific roles and accomplishments at MUSC: lecturer, student adviser, student
or resident preceptor, clinical attending, supervisor of fellows or junior faculty, developer of
educational material, lecturer.
B.Recognition, demonstrated skills and talents, special accomplishments: teaching
awards, author of educational materials, course director, head of training programs, conference
C.Contributions and service to committees involved with education: committee
member, committee chair, committee accomplishments.
D.Record of accomplishment of students.
E.Regional, national, international accomplishments: visiting professorships,
editorial boards, invited lectures, membership on certification boards, participation in
educational efforts of professional societies.
A.Description of research.
B.Importance and significance of research.
C.List trainees and their records of accomplishments during and after their time
working with the candidate.
D.Role and percent of effort in extramural grants.
E.Important papers presented at regional, national, or international meetings.
F.Participation in NIH Study Sections or other extramural appointments.
G.Major journals for which the candidate served as a peer reviewer, editor,
editorial board member, or editorialist. Provide an estimate of the number of manuscripts
IVScholarly publications. Profile the nature, importance, and significance of the candidate’s
publications. The contributions of the candidate to these publications and the candidate’s role as
a mentor should be discussed. Submit reprints (1 copy each) of the authors 3 most significant
V.Clinical Practice (Omit for non-clinical faculty).
A.Contributions to innovative methods of patient care.
B.Participation in performance improvement projects.
C.Measures of practice quality: patient satisfaction data, letters from patients,
D.Awards for clinical practice.
E.Description of peer status: expertise for specific clinical problem, recognized
expert, “doctor’s doctor.”
A.Important positions: Department/Division Chair, chair or member of
administrative departmental/divisional committees, director of departmental or hospital units
(e.g., MICU, transplantation, clinics).
B.Responsibilities in extra-departmental administrative activities.
C.Responsibilities in extra-institutional administrative activities.
VII.Other activities and accomplishments
B.Recognitions and honors
C.Membership and activities in professional societies
Include Section VIII IF a new faculty appointment is being considered for tenure.
VIII.Discuss the attributes of the candidate in light of the interests of the College and
University. Consider professional judgment, wisdom, collegiality, citizenship in the academic
community, the capacity to develop colleagues and students, contributions to the College's
academic and societal mission, and the commitment to scholarly exchange and intellectual
IX.Summary and recommendations
Proposal letter for Associate Professor
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Jane A. Smith, MD for appointment [or promotion] to
the rank of Associate Professor within the Academic Clinician track in the Department of
. [If new appointment: Dr. Smith will be joining us effective July 1, 2000 and will be
working in the area of and collaborating with .] I have carefully reviewed the
criteria for Assistant Professor in the Academic Clinician track and believe that Dr. Smith’s
academic and professional accomplishments meet these criteria. Dr. Smith has held the rank of
Assistant Professor for 5 years [If new appointment: at the University of ].
Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Southern California where she received a BA degree
in History. She received her MD from the University of Iowa. During her medical studies, she
received a MPH degree from the University of Iowa School of Public Health.
She completed her residency training and chief residency at the University of Iowa becoming
boarded in in 1985. She then completed a 3 year residency in the field of
at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Smith has demonstrated an active interest and aptitude for teaching. She received the
“Housestaff Educator Award” during her chief residency and frequently presents lectures to
medical students and residents at MUSC. She has also participated in the parallel curriculum
serving as a case discussant in each of the last 4 years. She has advised several residents in their
research efforts during the last 2 years who are:
Martha A. Washington, MD, Samuel H. Johnson, MD, Martin King, MD, and Rachel Carson, MD.
Dr. Smith has served as a research judge twice for student research day. She has also worked
with two medical students during their summer research electives. These efforts have resulted in
3 peer-reviewed publications (see CV with marked [*] articles). Dr. Smith’s interests in teaching
and mentoring have resulted in 1 Golden Apple Award.
Dr. Smith has been invited to present Grand Rounds at Beth Israel, New York, and has made 3
presentations at plenary sessions at the American Academy of . She has been visiting
professor at 5 universities and contributed to a CD-ROM educational program for board review
developed by the American Society of .
Dr. Smith has developed a strong record in research since joining our faculty. Her research focus
centers in oxidant-induced lung injury with particular emphasis on cytokine receptor blockade.
She has developed an innovative model of lung injury that utilizes an endothelial cell monolayer
preparation that has been used previously in the investigation of acute renal failure. She has also
done work in the fields of sepsis, acute lung injury, and models for predicting outcome of
critically ill patients.
Dr. Smiths curriculum vitae lists 32 peer-reviewed papers and articles. She is first author for 20
and a major contributor in the remaining publications. She has first-authored 24 peer-reviewed
abstracts all of which were presented at national meetings. She has also written 5 book chapters
in major books in our field.
Her most important publications include:
1.Paper citation. Discuss the importance of the article and its impact in the candidate’s
2.Paper citation. Discuss the importance of the article and its impact in the candidate’s
3.Paper citation. Discuss the importance of the article and its impact in the candidate’s
Dr. Smith has submitted three RO1 grants for NIH funding and presently holds a Clinical
Investigator Award from . She is a Co-PI on a project funded by . We
anticipate NIH funding within the next year in view of her recent scores.
Dr. Smith brought several new techniques and skills to our department including thoracoscopy,
application of severity of illnesses prognosticators, and computer-based antibiotic prescribing.
She has been rapidly identified as an excellent clinician. She has a busy outpatient practice
receiving referrals from other experts in her field. Dr. Smith thoroughly enjoys clinical medicine
and is an active participant at our clinical conferences. She is recognized by the residents and
fellows as being an exceptional clinician who matches cutting edge critical care skills with a
broad perspective of avoiding futile care and bringing palliative support for her severely ill
patients at the end of life. She has also contributed to the development of the Oasis Project and
the evolution of the electronic medical record. Dr. Smith has also been the team leader for 5
Performance Improvement projects that include [list].
Dr. Smith has contributed to several administrative functions of the College, our department, and
her professional societies. Her activities include:
Member, EMR Committee
Member, Ethics Committee
Chair, PI team for improving advance directives
Chair, PI team for preventing inadvertent extubations
Member, education committee in Department of
Chair, Clinical Problems Assembly, American Thoracic Society
Member, Long Range Planning Committee, American Thoracic Society
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of
In conclusion, I believe that Dr. Smith fulfills the criteria for appointment/promotion to the rank
of Associate Professor. Her expertise in her field and her academic accomplishments are
acknowledged by her peers and demonstrated by her publications and involvement in her
professional societies. The strength of her CV alone with a solid number of first authored, peer
reviewed publications supports her candidacy for appointment/promotion. In addition to all of
these accomplishments, Dr. Smith’s devotion to education and mentoring makes her a valuable
member of our faculty.
I appreciate your consideration of this proposal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate
to contact my office.