"The selection of members of a center's Programs is one of the most critical decisions made by leadership. Functional and productive programs select individuals for their scientific excellence and, just as importantly, for their commitment to work together."
The major criteria for Cancer Center membership are active cancer research as a primary professional focus and an interest in the application of research to improve cancer care. Cancer Center members contribute to the mission of the Center via their participation in research, including laboratory, clinical, and population-based efforts. Specific criteria have been developed for each membership category.
This category defines individuals with faculty appointments at the University of Utah who conduct cancer research as a major professional focus. In some cases, cancer-focused faculty at other institutions who add particular value to an HCI Program may become members. Members typically serve as principal investigator (PI), co-investigator, or project leader on an NCI-recognized, extramural cancer-relevant grant; this includes K awards. A clinical researcher who plays a leadership role in extramural cancer research groups (e.g., COG, SWOG, SARC, RTOG, NCCN) or serves as PI on one or more investigator-initiated clinical trials would also be an appropriate appointee to this membership category. At the discretion of the CEO/Director, individuals who have had a record of peer-reviewed extramural support, but who are experiencing a lapse in funding, may be retained as Cancer Center members while seeking continued extramural support.
This category defines individuals who contribute to the Cancer Center research portfolio in laboratory, clinical, or population science and foster a collaborative environment, but do not meet the criteria for Cancer Center membership type 1. Individuals in this membership category may be key service providers who support the research of the scientific members, if their research interests are aligned with a particular Program. It is anticipated that Associate Members will become Members (Type 1) within three to five years of appointment, with some exceptions based on the recommendation of the Program leader. Movement to Member is contingent upon obtaining extramural funding, as noted above, and maintaining a cancer-focused research program.
This membership category is available to faculty and other professionals at the University of Utah who are cancer-focused but not research-oriented as a primary professional emphasis. Affiliate/Non-Program aligned members of the Cancer Center provide supplementary assistance and support to HCI’s mission, but are not formally affiliated with a particular Cancer Center Research Program. This membership category recognizes individuals such as members of our Multidisciplinary Disease Teams who are both patient-care providers and active participants in the Center’s clinical research portfolio via enrollment of patients on clinical trials; laboratory or population scientists who express an interest in contributing to the Cancer Center’s mission but who do not have cancer research as a primary focus; or key service providers, such as shared resource directors, whose research interests are not aligned with a specific Program. Affiliate/Non-Program aligned membership provides a mechanism to formally engage interested faculty in Cancer Center activities such as meetings, retreats, and seminars. These individuals are welcomed to participate in Program and Center activities in a non-voting capacity.
In addition to the specific credentials and criteria associated with each membership category, it is expected that all members will do the following:
Membership is open to individuals who hold faculty appointments at the University of Utah, and in some cases, cancer-focused faculty at other institutions. New Program Members and Associate Members are appointed based on their potential to contribute to the scientific objectives of the Cancer Center and have research portfolios that are aligned with the goals of a Research Program. Continuing membership is granted based on actual contributions. Applications for membership are considered on a rolling basis. Candidates submit a CV, biosketch, and application to the HCI Office of Research Administration. The relevant program leader presents the application to the members of the HCI Research Leadership Council, the candidate is discussed, and a vote is taken. A vote of the Research Leadership Council is advisory to the HCI CEO/Director, who has ultimate responsibility for appointment of Cancer Center members. Affiliate/Non-Program aligned members are appointed by the HCI CEO/Director upon recommendation of a member of the Research Leadership Council. The CEO/Director’s approval is documented via the appointment letter sent to the new member.
Membership is reviewed annually, in conjunction with the CCSG progress report or competitive renewal. In addition, all Program Members and Associate Members who have space assigned by HCI undergo coordinated annual review by an HCI Senior Director and their department leadership; successful review is required to retain Cancer Center space and other resources. Assignment of HCI space is negotiated with department chairs and made under the authority of the HCI CEO/Director. Affiliate/Non-Program aligned members are also reviewed annually; a change in appointment to Associate Member or Member requires review and recommendation for approval by the Research Leadership Council. Responsibility for final appointment decisions is held by the Office of the HCI CEO/Director.