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Appointments and promotions for Mayo Clinic faculty
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Appointments and Promotions Committee (BMB APC)
The BMB APC advises the department chair on administrative appointments and promotions, granting of academic rank, and requests for joint appointments.
Mayo Clinic faculty members are simultaneously classified according to four different systems; each represents a separate aspect of service and has a different protocol for promotion:
Administrative appointment (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 candidate's home department. In the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, this process is initiated by sending a cover letter and CV to the chair of the BMB APC and requires a vote by the department faculty.
Criteria and expectations for administrative appointments are available on the Research Personnel Subcommittee webpage on the Mayo Clinic intranet.
Note: Research and Education Academic Information Management System (RE-AIMS) formats Mayo Clinic faculty CVs in a standard manner. Information on the RE-AIMS format can be found on the Mayo Clinic intranet.
Academic rank (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.
Academic rank in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology does not reflect or imply participation or membership in the department, but affirms credentials and experience in these fields of study. Faculty interested in obtaining academic rank in BMB should contact the department for additional information on the guidelines.
After reviewing these guidelines and assembling the required materials, faculty typically initiate the request by forwarding a cover letter, CV and required materials as email attachments to the chair of the BMB APC. 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 is granted, the BMB APC will forward the appropriate electronic documentation to the institutional Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee (AAPC) for review.
Note that the format of the paperwork is critically important to the institutional committee, so attention to the details provided here saves time. If the request is approved by the institutional AAPC, it passes to the Education Committee and then to the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors.
Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 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 Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences privileges initiate through the BMB Education Committee. Contact the department for more information.
Joint departmental appointment
A request for joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology reflects the desire of a faculty member to engage actively in the academic, administrative and educational life of the department.
The merit of requests for joint appointment is determined by the department chair, vice chair, and executive committee. Mayo Clinic tradition is that faculty members typically may hold a single joint appointment outside of their home department.
Requests for joint appointment are made according to guidelines set forth by the institution. After reviewing these guidelines and assembling the needed materials, faculty typically initiate the request by forwarding a cover letter and RE-AIMS CV as email attachments to the chair of the BMB APC. The cover letter must state familiarity with departmental activities and explain the applicant's enthusiasm for ongoing participation in these activities. Support letters (as email attachments) from the department chair and the chair of the applicant's administrative home department also are required.
The BMB APC will process the request and then forward it to the Personnel Committee of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors.
Faculty considering joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology should study the next section, which introduces some facets of the academic, administrative and educational aspects of the department.
Ongoing departmental activities
Individuals requesting academic appointments in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will presumably be enthusiastically participating in one (preferably more) of the following ongoing departmental activities:
- Seminar series. The series features intramural and extramural guest speakers of interest to researchers in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
- Journal club. Department faculty and graduate students discuss eclectic literature selections from all areas of biochemistry and molecular biology.
- Graduate student workshop. This is a series of "works in progress" presentations for BMB graduate students. Presentations are often coupled with subsequent supervisory committee meetings.
- Teaching in Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Department faculty participates in teaching core courses and departmental tutorial courses. Please contact course directors directly to express interest in participation.
Administrative (consultant track)
BMB APC > Research Personnel Subcommittee > Research Committee > Personnel Committee > Board of Governors
BMB APC > Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee > Education Committee > Board of Governors
Graduate school privileges
BMB Education Committee > Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Joint departmental appointments
BMB APC > Research Personnel Committee > Research Committee > Personnel Committee > Board of Governors