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College of Pharmacy Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

These guidelines serve as an extension of the general University guidelines, as set forth in the Faculty Handbook, concerning promotion and the award of tenure. Promotions and tenure are recognition of achievements and of promise that the individual is capable of assuming additional responsibilities. The policy of the College of Pharmacy is to make promotions and to grant tenure solely on the basis of merit. To this end, the College of Pharmacy has established specific criteria for promotion and for granting tenure.



Promotion is an acknowledgment of excellent performance in two of the three areas of teaching, research/scholarship, and service (including service to the University and College and Clinical practice, if applicable). One of the two areas of excellence MUST be that which is given prominence based on activity reports and job description. Competence in the remaining area must be shown. In all cases teaching effectiveness and general service to the College or University must be demonstrated.


Tenure is granted as a result of demonstrated competence and a strong commitment to serve the College of Pharmacy. Faculty requesting tenure will be evaluated according to the rules for promotion. Since tenure is basically a lifetime commitment by the College of Pharmacy, a higher level of attainment in the areas specified above and the promise of long-term contributions to the Medical University of South Carolina will be expected. Tenure-track faculty members who have not attained tenure must receive a formal review at least every three years (Appendix I). Tenured faculty will be reviewed in accordance with the MUSC Faculty Handbook.


A.    Time requirements: Current Rank Minimum Service (years)

  • Assistant Professor 3
  • Associate Professor 4