Advice on Candidate Statements

If research is a major part of your duties, you should use the Candidate Statement to detail your research and relate it to your teaching and service.  In addition to providing an overview of the progress and impact of your research, the Candidate Statement provides an opportunity for you to set out the principles that guide the teaching and service contributions detailed in your Teaching Portfolio and your Service and Outreach Portfolio.  If your workload assignment includes significant service and outreach duties, you are to submit a Service and Outreach Portfolio.  You may request that external reviewers receive copies of your Teaching and Service and Outreach Portfolios.  In most cases, your teaching and service materials will only be made available to your departmental reviewers.  If you are in a continuing-status position, then your Candidate Statement should discuss your position effectiveness.

How can you use your Candidate Statement to help reviewers understand your work?

  • How can you highlight your achievements in ways that relate them to promotion expectations, especially your departmental and college criteria?
  • How can you relate your research, teaching, and service to the duties in your workload assignment?
  • How can you use your major achievements to demonstrate the progress and impact of your overall program of work and your professional effectiveness?

How can you inform specialist reviewers, and also convey the importance of your work to non-specialists?

  • Given that your external reviewers will establish the baseline assessments of your research and professional performance, how can you set out a program of research that will be seen as advancing important trends in your discipline?
    • What are the problems, terms, and concepts that will be of most interest to expert readers?
    • How can you help less specialized readers by providing definitions and examples?
    • Can you benchmark the importance of your contributions, perhaps by noting invitations to present your work, the standing of your publication venues, or adoptions of your innovations?
  • How can you benchmark the progress and impact of your program of research?
    • How has your research, scholarship and creative work advanced since your dissertation?
    • If you work on research teams with senior colleagues, how can you demonstrate your independent contributions to those collaborations?
    • Where is your research headed? What will its impact be, and how will you achieve it?

How can you relate your research and scholarship to your teaching and service to show the broader impact of your work?

  • Has your research improved your teaching or position effectiveness? For example, have you worked with more graduate students or residents or helped collaborators in new ways?
  • How does your work contribute to the missions of your department and the university, for example, through the creation of internships, research opportunities, or partnerships?
  • What is the broader social and economic impact of your program of work?
  • Could the Service and Outreach Portfolio help you document your leadership and impact?

In addition to discussing your basic research contributions, you may wish to draw on the university’s “inclusive view of scholarship” to discuss how your work has “advanced through discovery, integration, application, and teaching.” This viewpoint recognizes “original research contributions in peer-reviewed publications as well as integrative and applied forms of scholarship that involve cross-cutting collaborations with business and community partners, including translational research, commercialization activities, and patents.”

Remember your readers will include non-specialists as well as experts. Your external reviewers may skim your CV and then look to your Candidate Statement to help them assess the development and significance of your research and position effectiveness.  Your research and scholarship are detailed in your publications so focus on major findings and contributions and refer to your publications for specifics.  Remember that most of your internal reviewers will not be specialists in your field.  They will generally be more broadly concerned with how your work matters.  They may also be interested in the broader impact of your scholarship and other professional contributions.  To be effective with such readers, you should avoid overloading sentences with complex terminology.  Use your Candidate Statement to discuss the overall program of work that is detailed in your CV.  


Guide to the Promotion Process