Faculty Affairs

Promotions & Appointments

As with any university position, CACs have the opportunity to advance. The clinical positions available to CACs are detailed below. The promotional criteria and regulations are fully outlined in the Criteria for Academic Ranks, Promotions and Appointments for Clinical Academic Colleagues document.


Clinical Lecturer

To become a clinical lecturer, all of the following criteria must met:

  1. Competent in clinical practice and willing to relate clinical practice to teaching and clinical research
  2. Maintains clinical competence as professionally mandated, including but not exclusive to:
    • A valid license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
    • Privileges granted by Alberta Health Services (AHS), if providing appropriate services within AHS

Assistant Clinical Professor

Clinicians being considered for promotion to assistant clinical professor are expected to attain the first listed, and at least two more, of the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate growth in capability as a teacher and a professional
  2. Show sustained effort to facilitate teaching
  3. Make an effort to learn about different techniques and approaches to teaching
  4. Participate in university, regional, and/or provincial professional activities
  5. Has participated in clinical research or has written case reports and review articles in journals

Associate Clinical Professor

Clinicians being considered for promotion to associate clinical professor are expected to attain the first listed, and at least two more, of the following criteria:

  1. Recognized as an excellent teacher in the department
  2. Obtained the reputation of being a highly competent professional
  3. Developed a special interest and expertise within the field
  4. Took an active role in activities of university, provincial and national professional organizations
  5. Has been invited to speak at medical society meetings, in continuing professional learning programs and at other institutions
  6. Has publications in clinical research or education as a collaborator or primary investigator and/or has presented at provincial and national clinical education or research meetings

Clinical Professor

Clinicians being considered for promotion to clinical professor are expected to attain the first listed, and at least two more, of the following criteria:

  1. Has proven to be an enthusiastic, effective and devoted leader in the educational program and an excellent and stimulating teacher
  2. Recognized by peers as being an outstanding professional who has made significant contributions to the practice of medicine and the improvement of health-care delivery
  3. Has been elected to office in leading provincial, national or international professional organizations
  4. Performed administrative or policy functions in the university, region or in a professional organization
  5. Demonstrates scholarship in research as illustrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals, functioning as a referee for scientific or education publications and/or as a holder of peer-reviewed and other research grants. Has presented clinical, educational or research finding at national and international meetings