Pediatrics

Clinical Academic Colleagues

The appointment to a clinical academic rank confers the privilege and responsibility of being a teacher for the University of Alberta.  Clinical academic colleagues are encouraged to indicate their academic rank in correspondence and on their professional letterheads. The Department of Pediatrics values our relationships with clinical colleagues, and recognizes the indispensable contribution they make to our academic mission. These contributions are made primarily through teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students, but also through clinical research, administration, and service to the profession.

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has several resources available to clinical colleagues, including information on promotions and appointments, faculty development, and the annual report form. Click here for more information.

The University of Alberta offers benefits to clinical colleagues such as eligibility for promotion through the clinical academic ranks, a campus computing ID (CCID), and University of Alberta ONEcard. Further information on these and additional benefits can be found here.


Clinical Academic Colleagues Promotions 

Clinical Academic Colleague Committee Promotions timeline:

Date

Action

Before September 30

Notification by Chair’s Office to Divisional Directors the list of CAC and their ranks in their division

September 30

Notification by Chair’s Office to Divisional Directors for the list of names of candidates intending to apply for promotion

October 30

Notification to the Clinical Academic Colleague Committee Chair by Divisional Directors

November 10

Chair’s Office to request submission of package to Clinical Academic Colleague Promotions Committee for review

November 24

Notification to Chair’s Office by candidates whether they will go forward or not

February 10

Deadline for submission of packages to the Chair’s office

 March 15  Deadline for receipt of referee letters for promotion to Clinical Professor
 End of March to first week of April  Completion of review of applicant promotion package by the Clinical Academic Colleague Promotions Committee
 Second week of April  Recommendation for promotion to be reviewed by the Dean (for July implementation)
 End of May to early June  Promotion certificate presentation at annual Faculty Appreciation and Recognition Dinner

 


Clinical Lecturer (Probationary)

  1. Is involved in teaching of undergraduate students, residents and fellows in a clinical or classroom
    setting.
  2.  Maintains clinical competence as professionally mandated, including but not exclusive to:
  • A valid license with the appropriate licensing authority; and
  • Privileges granted by Alberta Health Services (AHS) if providing appropriate services within the
    AHS.

Promotion to Assistant Clinical Professor

After a period of not more than three years, individuals who have attained criteria #1 and #2 listed below will be automatically considered by their Clinical Chair to be promoted from Clinical Lecturer to the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor. 

  1. Has demonstrated commitment as a teacher and received satisfactory teaching evaluations.
  2. Shows sustained effort to facilitate teaching.
  3. Has contributed to clinical research, such as providing patients for enrolment in clinical trials.
  4. Serve on local hospital, regional, university or provincial committees.

A Department Chair may, at their discretion and based on significant achievements in any of these criteria, recommend the candidate to apply for promotion after a minimum of one year. In this case a formal application by the individual is necessary. 

The promotion application package will be evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the FoMD Criteria for Academic Ranks, Promotions, and Appointments for Clinical Colleagues document. The Clinical Promotions Committee will then make a recommendation to the dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry for promotion.


Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor

Individuals being considered for promotion to Associate Clinical Professor are expected to have attained criteria #1 plus two or more of the other criteria listed below. 

  1. Is recognized as an excellent teacher in the department.
  2. Has obtained the reputation of being a highly competent professional.
  3. Has taken an active leadership role in hospital, university, provincial or national professional
    organizations.
  4. Has been invited to speak at medical society meetings, in accredited continuing professional learning
    programs, and at other institutions as guest speaker.
  5.  Has publications in research or educational journals or has presented at provincial and national clinical education or research meetings.

Assistant Clinical Professor can apply for promotion to Associate Clinical Professor normally after a minimum of four years in their appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor. Assistant clinical lecturers eligible for promotion will receive a request to submit a promotion application package for consideration by the Clinical Promotions Committee. 

The promotion application package will be evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the FoMD Criteria for Academic Ranks, Promotions, and Appointments for Clinical Colleagues document. The Clinical Promotions Committee will then make a recommendation to the dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry for promotion.


Promotion to Clinical Professor

The rank of Clinical Professor is awarded to those individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the four pillars listed below. In addition, the individual must have demonstrated an on-going commitment to teaching with satisfactory teaching evaluations. Individuals being considered for promotion to Clinical Professor are expected to have attained leadership in at least two of the four criteria listed below. 

  1. Clinical Teaching: Has proven to be an enthusiastic, effective and devoted leader in the educational program (e.g. program director, curriculum/course development)
  2. Research: Has demonstrated 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 findings at national and international meetings.
  3. Clinical Quality Improvement Innovation Leadership: Is recognized by peers at a provincial, national or international level as being an outstanding professional who has made significant contributions to the practice of medicine and the improvement of health care delivery (establishing new clinical programs, innovative care delivery models, or demonstration of quality improvement scholarship).
  4. Administrative Leadership: Has been elected to office in leading provincial, national, or international professional organization or has performed administrative or policy functions in the university, region or in a professional organization.

Associate Clinical Professor can apply for promotion to Clinical Professor normally after a minimum of eight years in their appointment as Associate Clinical Professor. Associate clinical Professor eligible for promotion will receive a request to submit a promotion application package for consideration by the Clinical Promotions Committee. 

The promotion application package will be evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the FoMD Criteria for Academic Ranks, Promotions, and Appointments for Clinical Colleagues document. The Clinical Promotions Committee will then make a recommendation to the dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry for promotion.