Appointments and Promotions Committee (BMB APC)

Administrative and academic classifications of Mayo Faculty

Mayo Faculty are simultaneously classified according to four different systems:

Administrative appointment (e.g., Associate Consultant, Senior Associate Consultant, Consultant)

These Board-approved appointments are unique to Mayo Foundation, and determine salary. Promotion through the administrative ranks is initiated by the candidate and the Chair of the home department. In the BMB Department, this process initiates with the BMB APC (described below), and requires a vote of the BMB department faculty. Criteria and expectations for ACI/ACII and SACI/SACII are available on the Research Personnel Subcommittee web page on the Mayo Clinic Intranet.

Academic rank (e.g., Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor)

Academic rank represents an endorsement and certification of experience and expertise within a discipline of science or medicine. Academic rank is based on criteria that do not imply participation in any particular department or program. The process for requesting academic rank in the fields of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology initiates with the BMB APC and is described below. Academic rank decisions do not involve a vote of the BMB department faculty.

Joint appointment

A joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology may be requested by faculty who intend to participate in an ongoing manner in the life of the BMB department, including academic and administrative activities, as well as teaching. The merit of requests for joint appointment will be determined by the BMB Chair, Vice-Chair and Executive Committee. Mayo Clinic tradition is that faculty typically may hold a single joint appointment outside of their home department. The process for requesting a joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology initiates with the BMB chair and is described below. Joint appointment decisions may involve a vote of the BMB department faculty.

Graduate School privileges

The privilege of participating in graduate education (both formal teaching and supervision of graduate students) requires formal documentation of credentials and certification. Requests for Mayo Graduate School privileges initiate through the BMB Education Committee. For more information, contact Dr. David Katzmann.

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BMB Appointments and Promotions Committee

The BMB APC advises the BMB chair on consultant- track promotions, granting of academic rank and requests for joint appointments. Members include:

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Requests for academic rank in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Academic rank (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor) in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology does not reflect or imply participation or membership in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, but affirms credentials and experience in these fields of study. Faculty interested in obtaining academic rank in BMB should send their RE-AIMS* CV to Dr. Jen Westendorf who will provide additional information on the guideline.

After reviewing these guidelines and assembling the required materials, the request is typically initiated by forwarding a cover letter, CV and required materials as email attachments to Dr. Jen Westendorf. An initial letter of support from a Mayo sponsor may be appropriate in this initial step. The BMB APC will then review the request. If the request for academic rank is granted at the BMB APC, this electronic documentation is forwarded to the institutional committee for review.

Note that the format of the paperwork is critically important to the institutional committee, so attention to details provided here saves time. If approved by the Institutional APC, the request passes to the Education Committee and then to the Mayo Board of Governors.

* RE-AIMS (Research & Education Academic Information Management System) formats Mayo Clinic faculty CVs in a standard manner. Information on the RE-AIMS format can be found on the Mayo Clinic intranet.

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Requests for joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

A request for Joint Appointment in BMB reflects the desire of a faculty member to engage actively in the academic, administrative, and educational life of the department. Requests for Joint Appointment are made according to guidelines set forth by the institution.

After reviewing these guidelines, and assembling the needed materials, the request is typically initiated by forwarding a cover letter and RE-AIMS CV as a digital attachment to Dr. Jen Westendorf. The cover letter must state familiarity with BMB departmental activities (see section) and explain the enthusiasm for ongoing participation in these activities. Support letters (as digital email attachments) from the BMB Chair, Jan van Deursen, and the Chair of the Administrative home department are also required.

The BMB APC will then process the request before it is forwarded to the Personnel Committee of the Mayo Board of Governors.

Faculty considering Joint Appointment in BMB should study the next section, which introduces some facets of the academic, administrative and educational aspects of BMB.

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Ongoing BMB departmental activities

Individuals requesting academic appointments in BMB will presumably be enthusiastically participating in one (preferably more) of the following ongoing departmental activities. Mailing list contacts are provided.

BMB Seminar Series

The series features intramural and extramural guest speakers of interest to BMB.

Held Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (during the academic year) in Guggenheim 2-38 (Goldstein Hall).

The BMB Series is under the guidance of Dr. Haojie Huang. Contact Jane Meyer to be added to the mailing list.

BMB Journal Club

BMB faculty and graduate students discuss eclectic literature selections from all areas of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Held Thursdays, noon to 1:00 p.m. (during the academic year) in Guggenheim 1598.

The BMB Journal Club is under the direction of Dr. Emanuel Strehler. Contact Colleen Allen for information or to be added to the mailing list.

BMB Workshop

This is a series of "works in progress" presentations for BMB graduate students. Presentations are often coupled with subsequent supervisory committee meetings.

Held Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 p.m. (during the academic year) in Guggenheim 2-38 (Goldstein Hall).

BMB Workshop is directed by Dr. Emanuel Strehler and Dr. David Katzmann. Contact Colleen Allen for information or to be added to the mailing list.

BMB Teaching in Mayo Graduate School

BMB faculty participate in teaching the MGS core courses and departmental tutorial courses.

The chair of the BMB education committee is Dr. David Katzmann. Please contact course directors directly to express your interest in participation.

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Requests for consultant-track promotion

Requests for promotion to ACI, ACII, SACI, SACII or Consultant are initiated by the candidate and the BMB Chair. Follow the process as described in detail.

After reviewing these guidelines, meeting with the Chair and assembling the initial materials, the request is typically initiated by forwarding a cover letter and CV as a digital attachment to Dr. Jen Westendorf. The BMB APC processes the initial request.

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Summary flow chart

Flow Chart for Mayo Foundation Appointments
Consultant BMB APC > Research Personnel Subcommittee > Research Committee > Personnel Committee > Board of Governors
Academic Rank BMB APC > Academic Appointments Committee > Education Committee > Board of Governors
Graduate School Privileges BMB Education Committee > Mayo Graduate School
Joint Appointments BMB APC > Research Personnel Subcommittee > Research Committee > Personnel Committee > Board of Governors
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