Senior Academic Promotions

2017-2018 Promotions Guidelines: Associate and Full Professor Rank

Academic promotion at the University of Toronto is based on accomplishments in scholarship (research and/or creative professional activity), teaching, and service to the University:

  • Research (as demonstrated by a Curriculum Vitae and supporting documents)
  • Creative Professional Activity (as demonstrated by a CPA Dossier and supporting appendices)
  • Teaching – this is mandatory for all applicants; one cannot teach poorly and achieve promotion (demonstrated by a Teaching Dossier, teaching evaluations, unsolicited teaching-related testimonials, etc.).
  • Administration (if applicable, and as demonstrated through the Administrative Dossier and supporting documents)

We urge candidates to carefully consider completion of each of these dossiers, where applicable. Note that the greatest weight will be given to excellence in scholarly achievement (research and/or CPA), and to excellence in teaching:

"The successful candidate for promotion will be expected to have established a wide reputation in his or her field of interest, to be deeply engaged in scholarly work, and to show himself or herself to be an effective teacher. These are the main criteria. However, either excellent teaching alone or excellent scholarship alone, sustained over many years, could also in itself justify eventual promotion to the rank of Professor. Administrative or other service to the University and related activities will be taken into account in assessing candidates for promotion, but given less weight than the main criteria: promotion will not be based primarily on such service.” (Policy and Procedures Governing Promotions, 1980, paragraph 7)

Note that the term “wide reputation” is interpreted as the achievement of national recognition for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, and international recognition for promotion to the rank of Full Professor (Faculty of Medicine Manual for Academic Promotion, 2015). This is most clearly demonstrated through invited lectures, invitations to sit on journal editorial committees, and the strength,caliber and range of external referees. Note that promotion on a single criterion can be achieved in the Faculty of Medicine; however, this generally takes longer to do. Although the length of time is not specified, recent Decanal Promotion Committees view the term “sustained” to normally mean at least ten years (FoM Manual for Academic Promotion, 2015).

Promotions at these ranks are reviewed first by the Department’s Promotions Committee (DPC). They are then forwarded to the Decanal Promotions Committee for review, and finally, the Dean and Provost for final approvals. From the first deadline, the promotions process takes 12 months to complete. 

The table below provides an outline of the responsibilities and departmental deadlines for candidates requesting promotion to Associate Professor or Full Professor. Please note that these deadlines are firm.

Anesthesia 2017-2018 Promotion Timeline




Documentation Checklist & Instructions

  • Monday, June 9 – deadline to submit promotion dossier toAcademic Appointments Administrator
  • late June – Departmental Promotions Committee (DPC) conducts full review of initial promotion dossier
  • mid July – candidates notified of DPC’s recommendation (to proceed to full applications or delay promotion) and / or revisions required


Documentation Checklist & Instructions

  • Monday, August 14 – deadline to submit list of referees and revised promotion dossier to Academic Appointments Administrator
  • late August – DPC reviews revised promotions dossier, makes final recommendation to the Department Chair, and finalizes list of referees to be contacted by the Department
  • Department solicits reference letters


Documentation Checklist & Instructions

  • Friday, November 24 – deadline to submit updated documentation for final promotion dossier to Academic Appointments Administrator


  • early-January – department submits confidential promotions dossiers and accompanying documentation to the Faculty of Medicine Decanal Promotions Committee
  • Faculty of Medicine Decanal Committee review
  • Candidates notified of the final recommendation
  • July 1 – effective date of promotion


We urge all candidates to thoroughly read the Faculty of Medicine Academic Promotions Manual, July 2017. The process may be quite different from previous years. A copy of the manual is available for download here.
Changes or updates to your documentation will be accepted up to November 24, 2017. Please be sure to adhere to this deadline as final uploading of your dossier onto the faculty’s system will occur shortly thereafter.

Department of Anesthesia Departmental Promotions Committee (DPC) Membership (as of June 2016)

  • Beverley Orser, Professor & Chair
  • Richard Brull, Professor, Women’s College Hospital
  • Frances Chung, Professor, Toronto Western Hospital
  • Keyvan Karkouti, Professor, Toronto General Hospital (Chair, DPC)
  • Mark Levine, Associate Professor, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • David Mazer, Professor, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Jeffrey Wassermann, Associate Professor, St. Michael’s Hospital

Contact Us

For information regarding the senior promotions process, please contact us at (416) 978-4306 or

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