Experiences of Faculty Members in Relation to the Academic Promotion Process

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Hossein Karimi Moonaghi 1 , Akram Zhianifard 2 , * , Hamid Jafarzadeh 3 , Hamid Reza Behnam 4 , Jalil Tavakol-Afshari 5

1 Ph.D. in Nursing, Associate Professor, Department of Internal-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

2 M.Sc. in Medical Education, Department of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

3 Ph.D. in Endodontics, Associate Professor, Department of Endodontics, School of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

4 M.Sc. in Nursing, Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

5 Ph.D. in Immunology, Professor, Department of Immunology, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Karimi Moonaghi H , Zhianifard A , Jafarzadeh H , Behnam H R , Tavakol-Afshari J . Experiences of Faculty Members in Relation to the Academic Promotion Process , Strides Dev Med Educ. 2014 ; 11(4):e59775.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 11 (4); e59775
Published Online: December 28, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 08, 2017
Accepted: June 21, 2014

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Abstract

Background & Objective: One of the most important factors in the evaluation of specific performance indices of each university is the professional maintenance and promotion of faculty members. This will result in more desirable output results from this system. The aim of this study was to explore, describe, and interpret faculty members' experiences of the academic promotion process and its obstacles and problems.
Methods: A phenomenological approach was used in this research. The study population consisted of 22 faculty members of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran, who were selected through purposeful sampling. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using the van Manen method 
Results: The main theme of "passing the academic promotion marsh" and 5 sub-themes emerged from data analysis. The subthemes consisted of problems related to administrative processes, problems related to the performance of committees, problems related to general competence, problems related to the academic promotion guideline, and motivational factors.
Conclusion: Our findings emphasize the problems and barriers of the promotion process. Quality assessment, homogenization of processes, and the use of experts in college committees are some of the factors that affect the promotion process. The findings of this study can assist policymakers and administrators of Medical Sciences Universities at different levels in decision making and finding solutions to facilitate the academic promotion process and rectify its problems and obstacles.
 

Keywords

Faculty members Academic rank promotion Promotion process Phenomenology

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