This Interdisciplinary Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) Toolkit is designed to aid early-career faculty, department chairs, and APT committees in recognizing supporting, and rewarding interdisciplinary research and collaboration at the University of Washington, specifically across the Health Science Schools and the College of Engineering. The APT Toolkit provides strategies, templates, and exemplars, including:

  • Standardized language and definitions to incorporate into APT criteria
  • Goal/Self Advocacy Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae highlighting interdisciplinary research efforts
  • Promotion Letters
  • UW Structures and Policies to aid interdisciplinary research

The APT Toolkit was developed by the Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) Team Science Core and colleagues. The Toolkit is a living document that will be updated as more information, feedback, and examples of successful promotion and tenure of team science-focused researchers are gathered.


This toolkit is intended for early-career faculty candidates, department chairs, and APT committees.


View APT Toolkit [pdf]

If you are interested in learning more about the APT Toolkit please reach out through our contact information below.

Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN
UW School of Nursing

Jonathan Posner, PhD
UW College of Engineering


Funding: This toolkit was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UL1 TR002319. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. We thank Frances Chu and members of the APT Committees in the Schools of Health Sciences and College of Engineering for their contributions and feedback on this toolkit.

Content Contributors: Lynly Beard, MLIS, Sara Kover, Ph.D.