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Promotion to Associate Professor

As you plan for your career in Upstate's College of Medicine, consider how your accomplishments can be best documented to help support your promotion to a senior academic rank. 

Start by making sure your curriculum vitae is up to date. To be consistent with Upstate College of Medicine faculty, use our recommended template. Every COM faculty member must submit an Educator Portfolio for promotions.


  • The Guidelines and Resources box above has a link to the Educator Portfolio Checklist, which can help with tracking your documentation.
  • See the video below on Demystifying the Educator Portfolio for additional information. 
  • Your Annual Academic Expectations must be up-to-date and included in your application for promotion materials. A link for your AAE can be found in Self-Serve.
  • The "COM Guide for Associate Professor" (link in blue box, above) outlines the criteria for each area of proficiency and excellence for promotion to Associate Professor.

All COM departments and the Binghamton Clinical Campus have a departmental P&T committee.

Your departmental P&T chair, committee members, and the departmental administrator are invaluable for providing mentoring for promotion and helping you to prepare your materials. Check with your departmental committee for any additional criteria or requirements for promotion, above and beyond the COM requirements.

The Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, Dr. Ann Botash, and Assistant Dean for Promotions, Dr. Steven Taffet, are available to help through one-on-one meetings. In addition, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development provides “Path to Promotion” workshops each semester.

Your CV lists your accomplishments. Your portfolio tells your story.

The clinical portfolio is considered to be an optional part of the application for promotion. However, those pursuing promotion with clinical excellence should consider utilizing the clinical portfolio to help support documentation regarding clinical accomplishments. Like the educator portfolio, it gives you an opportunity to connect related events, provide descriptions, explain the significance of your many steps toward your goals and growth of your clinical practice, expertise, and scholarship. In addition, the clinical portfolio enables documentation of quantitative clinical information, such as RVUs and increases in patient volume.

Demystifying the Educator Portfolio: A Video Guide