Fillable Printable Professional Example Letters for Tenure
Fillable Printable Professional Example Letters for Tenure
Professional Example Letters for Tenure
Proposal Letter from Department Chair
I.Introductory paragraph. State the candidate’s full name, degree, and academic rank.
II.Teaching. Provide a detailed assessment of the candidate's accomplishments as a teacher.
Provide concrete examples of why the candidate's teaching accomplishments justify tenure.
III.Research. Discuss the candidate's accomplishments in research. Provide assessments of
why the candidate's research accomplishments warrant considerations of tenure.
IVScholarly publications. Review the strength and nature of the candidate's publications.
Emphasize how the candidate's efforts have contributed to the research mission of the college.
V.Clinical Practice (Omit for non-clinical faculty). Describe the candidate's clinical practice
and how the candidate has contributed to patient care in the College and community. What is the
exceptional nature of the candidate's clinical practice that warrants tenure?
VI.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
VII.Summary and recommendations
Example Letters for Tenure
I am pleased to have the privilege of proposing James E. Jones, MD, for tenure in the Department
of . I have reviewed the criteria for tenure, which, I believe, Dr. Jones has ably
fulfilled. Dr. Jones has held the rank of in the track since 19 . His
accomplishments and contributions to the University have established his academic maturity and
the mutual trust that merits tenure.
Dr. Jones came to MUSC with recognized talents in education. In his first year at MUSC, he was
selected as a Dean's Teaching Scholar and received training in curriculum development, teaching,
and adult learning theory.
He has been an active participant in teaching of medical students, pediatric residents, medicine
residents, and fellows in pulmonary and critical care. He is a lecturer in pulmonary
pathophysiology for first and third year medical students and has served as a mentor for medical
students on research electives and rotations through clinic and consult services. He presently
works with 3 to 5 students during their third year clinical rotation in pulmonary every month in
clinics and on consultation services. His student evaluations are always in the “very good” range
and his scores are above faculty means.
Dr. Jones has served as faculty adviser for 7 graduate students during the last 5 years. All of these
students have successfully completed their training and 6 are presently on the faculty of
university research centers.
He has also participated extensively in developing the pulmonary curriculum for medical
students through his role as chair of the committee to revise curriculum for the Year I Medical
Respiratory course. He has incorporated into this curriculum new elements of pathology,
embryology, outcomes, and imaging with more traditional elements of anatomy and physiology.
He is considered by his colleagues to be a gifted educator. Dr. Jones also reorganized and won
initial ACGME accreditation for the critical care fellowship at MUSC.
Dr. Jones lectures extensively at CME programs throughout South Carolina. He has been visiting
professor at 5 academic centers within the last three years. He also has been an invited speaker at
5 annual meetings of his international professional societies.
Dr. Jones’s research efforts have focused on respiratory physiology and the control of breathing.
His salary has been fully support by extramural grants from the NIH for 5 of the last 6 years. Dr.
Jones’s most important research accomplishments relate to his innovative use of non-invasive
imaging technology to assess the respiratory effort of critically ill patients undergoing mechanical
ventilation. His basic understanding of respiratory physiology and his considerable collaborative
efforts with radiology colleagues at Duke have allowed him to adapt diverse imaging tools to
pursue questions of ventilatory drive. This ability to develop skills in different fields has made
Dr. Jones a unique resource for investigators in several departments at MUSC. His collaboration
with other investigators has been a critical element in their ability to receive extramural funding.
Dr. Jones has also assumed leadership in our department for encouraging his colleagues in their
investigative efforts. Three of our junior faculty collaborate extensively with Dr. Jones in
investigations related to respiratory physiology. On of these faculty is now poised to become an
Dr. Jones’s has published extensively in his field of investigation. He has 42 peer-reviewed
publications in major journals in pulmonary, critical care, and physiology. Five of his
publications have been cited in the Cochrane Collaboration of systematic reviews. During the
last 5 years, Dr. Jones has been able to publish 8 papers generated by his two most recent grants
that pertain to imaging assessment of respiratory drive. These papers have stimulated interest in
our training program from fellow candidates interested in applied physiology research and
academic careers. His clinical reviews of these topics have also generated interest in practitioners
within South Carolina of applying some of his patient monitoring observations to clinical
practice. Of note is his mentoring of research students and graduate students in his publications.
He has a recently increasing proportion of publications for which he is senior author and the first
authors are trainees in his laboratory. Dr. Jones's academic efforts have reached a degree of
maturity that provides the University with multiple levels of benefit that merits tenure.
Despite his extensive research efforts, Dr. Jones has made major contributions to the area of
clinical practice. He was recruited to MUSC because of his strengths both in physiology research
and patient care. Since his arrival, he has established a chronic ventilator unit that is a model
program for South Carolina. He attends both on this unit and in the ICU and is considered one of
the region’s premier intensivists. His leadership in patient care has resulted in the organization of
innovative clinical programs within the Medical Center. Largely through his efforts, MUSC has
succeeded in providing the community state-of-the-art programs in critical care medicine. He has
brought to MUSC new approaches to monitoring critically ill patients and accelerating their
weaning from mechanical ventilation. MUSC has now become the place in the region for referral
of ventilator-dependent patients. He is a frequent consultant for patient care services in regional
hospitals. His devotion to clinical care has provided the University with a resource that would be
difficult to replace.
Service and citizenship
In addition to the above accomplishments, Dr. Jones displays the special qualities and maturity of
an academic physician who can further the interests of the College and University. His
professional conduct, collegiality, and citizenship in the academic community are excellent. He
has clearly demonstrated that his leadership and program development skills are superb. He
assisted Change Management by moving the respiratory lab from a department function to a
program within the hospital. He also facilitated the medical center’s planning retreat and
articulated vision for the future of his department. His good judgment and long-term support of
the College’s academic and societal mission have resulted in his appointment as director of
research for his department. We expect with confidence that he will promote the commitment to
scholarly exchange and the pursuit of intellectual communication within his department and the
College of Medicine. His special attributes for negotiation, communication, and leadership
extend contributions to the University well beyond the bounds of the College of Medicine.
In summary, on the basis of his multiple accomplishments and contributions to research,
teaching, and patient care at MUSC, in the region, and nationally in addition to the mutual trust
developed between him and the University, Dr. Jones clearly deserves tenure. He is an astute
clinician and talented investigator and teacher who will be even more productive in the future.
He has demonstrated leadership in patient care that has resulted in the development of clinical
services that address the needs of citizens in South Carolina. He serves as a critical resource and
role model for his colleagues in their efforts to support the mission of the University.
I appreciate your efforts in considering this proposal for tenure.