College of Allied Health Sciences Faculty

College of Allied Health Sciences

Faculty Resources

Uniformed Services University

Welcome

Welcome to the Uniformed Services University College of Allied Health Sciences!

We are a college of DoD’s only military-specific university offering health science degrees ranging from Associate to Post-Doctorate.  We're looking forward to working with you as part of our instructional team as we expand the scope of the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS). 

CAHS Faculty Requirements

Qualified faculty members (faculty) are assigned to instructional duties in educational programs using the USU CAHS faculty appointment processes and in concert with the respective program’s leadership after verification of requisite education, certification and/or licensure, and experience.  Such assignment must also be consistent with, and is subject to the scrutiny of, the relevant programmatic and institutional accreditation standards and practices.  The CAHS faculty are responsible for oversight of the instructional practices within CAHS’ programs.  The terms “faculty”, “instructor”, and “educator” are used interchangeably.  Only full-time faculty are assigned to positions within the CAHS programs of instruction.

For more information about the CAHS Faculty please visit our CAHS FACULTY HANDBOOK.

Faculty Senate

The Uniformed Services University's Faculty Senate is a representative body of the faculty members, which provides faculty a mechanism to participate in the governance of the university.  Follow this link https://www.usuhs.edu/faculty/senate/ to learn more about the senate.

The CAHS has four ascending faculty ranks as designated by title: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor. Faculty are appointed in, and promoted to, the various ranks based upon the judgment of their peers and the concurrence of the CAHS and University administration under guidance, standards, and procedures outlined in USU CAHS Instruction 1100C.

The following are the CAHS faculty ranks along with definitions:

  • Instructor is a rank for junior scholars who, while fully qualified to teach within their respective professional discipline, have not reached the level of scholarly maturity expected of a permanent faculty.
  • Assistant Professor is the basic entry level faculty rank.  This level of scholar is expected to have all qualifications customary in their profession or field and to have demonstrated clear potential for achievement and a capacity for productivity in multiple areas of scholarship.
  • Associate Professor is the faculty rank indicative of fully-matured scholarship in multiple domains; it is based upon the extramurally peer-evaluated and clearly demonstrated capacity for sustained scholarly achievement and productivity.
  • Professor is the highest rank a faculty member may be awarded on the basis of peer recommendation and is reserved for those faculty members who have repeatedly demonstrated outstanding achievement across the spectrum of scholarship; it is not awarded for length of service but only after careful consideration of the quality, quantity and national and/or international impact of the individual's scholarship.

Faculty appointments at CAHS are governed by the college following USU CAHS Instruction 1100C, Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure of CAHS Faculty.  Appointments may be tenured or non-tenured; active duty faculty CANNOT hold a tenured position.  USU CAHS Instruction 1100C is comprehensive and contains all of the policies, criteria, and instructions for appointment and promotion.  Direct your questions to Ms. Kimberly J. Manuel at (210) 808-6142 or email: kimberly.manuel.ctr@usuhs.edu

Below is a list of documents required to be completed when individuals are nominated to be appointed as CAHS faculty members.  Some templates are linked below.  The CAHS Administrative personnel will provide some required documents.  Questions regarding the process, are referred to Ms. Kimberly J. Manuel at (210) 808-6142 or email: kimberly.manuel.ctr@usuhs.edu

Location-Specific Requirements

An overview covering key aspects of the METC faculty qualification and development process is provided here.  For full details on the process, please review METC Operating Instruction 41-034, Faculty Management.  A copy can be requested by contacting METC Current Operations and Support at (210) 808-1206.

Qualified faculty members are assigned to instructional duties on the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) only after verification of requisite education, certification and/or licensure, and experience by the USU CAHS faculty appointment process (see USU CAHS Instruction 1100C)and in concert with the METC faculty appointment process (see METC Operating Instruction 41-034 Faculty Management).  Such assignment must also be consistent with, and is subject to the scrutiny of, the relevant programmatic accreditation standards and practices.  The CAHS faculty are responsible for oversight of the instructional practice of METC educators within the affiliated programs. 

Qualification for and appointment as CAHS faculty is the highest level of the METC faculty development process.  The number of personnel that are currently qualified and assigned to METC instructional positions and the respective credentials they must hold are detailed on CAHS METC Faculty Rosters for each affiliated program.  Only full-time faculty are assigned to faculty or educator positions within the affiliated programs.  The terms “faculty”, “instructor”, and “educator” are used interchangeably.

The CAHS faculty and METC educators are developed through a Faculty Orientation Program conducted by the CAHS Student and Faculty Development Office and in concert with the METC Faculty Qualification and Development Program.  The CAHS and the METC cooperate to ensure that no unqualified faculty or educators are assigned to any affiliated program in which they do not meet the institutional and relevant programmatic accreditation standards and practices.  Faculty and educator assignments are reviewed at least monthly by the CAHS and the METC, and upon assignment.  Both the CAHS and the METC have reserved the right to revoke the appointment of any faculty or educator that fails to meet or comply with any required standards, policies, procedures, or processes.

As such, the main responsibilities of the faculty are to teach, maintain knowledge and currency in their disciplines, and assist students. The specific teaching responsibilities may vary by program, but generally involve didactic, lab/practical, simulations, and testing activities. Faculty also provide subject matter expertise in the development of curriculum materials, including lesson plans, syllabi, electronic media, and other materials essential to the program. Faculty may also be called upon to supervise other faculty members, perform evaluations, serve on boards, and complete other various assignments.

Faculty folders are required for all CAHS Faculty.  Faculty folders are maintained electronically within Empower Information Management System.  Empower is a web-based application that is tied to the University’s server and produces real-time results of student information.  Additionally, CAHS maintains hard copy faculty records and documentation of all faculty appointments.

Initial instructor training provides the framework for an instructor to gain the knowledge and skills needed to become increasingly independent in performing the duties of the instructor position.  This training includes the completion of a Service-approved Instructor Training Course (ITC).  All faculty members must complete ITC prior to teaching.  Faculty are required to attend the METC Orientation course at the METC branch campus.  Then, faculty are required to participate in the Instructor Competency Development Training (ICDT) program at the METC branch campus.

The CAHS has developed additional instruction as part of the Health Professions Education course of study.  Students are awarded college credit for the ICDT program upon completion of additional didactic instruction in the Health Profession Education (HPE) 1101 - Instructional Methodology course.  This is the first in a series of three courses.  The CAHS’ HPE 2702 - Basic Practicum and HPE 3703 - Advanced Practicum are a part of the degree plan that provides inexperienced faculty with teaching internship experiences.  The fifteen credit hours earned during this portion of their training constitute completion of their required residency hours in the Associate of Science degree plan.  

The teaching internship is designed to develop practical teaching experience and classroom management skills of new instructors under the supervision of qualified faculty. The internship consists of a minimum of 210 hours experiential work.  The new instructor must acquire the 130 hours of supervised teaching in an actual classroom and/or laboratory setting with students.  During this time, the student instructor will use his/her personalized, approved lesson plans and visual aids to successfully demonstrate skill mastery.  The instructor also must acquire 40 hours of lesson plan personalization and/or preparation.  This area includes, but is not limited to, familiarization with course control documents, subject-matter research, and instruction planning.  Also, the instructor must acquire 40 hours of experience in test administration and review, preparing/using audiovisual aids, academic counseling of students, conducting/observing counseling, documented instructor performance feedback, and initial subject matter testing.

Professional development continues at least annually.  Additionally, faculty are required to attend Service-specific training (e.g. Support Cadre Training Course, training needs assessment, etc.).

The Faculty, Staff and Student Development (FSSD) Section offers an orientation and the ICDT course at the METC branch campus at least once a month.  The department also schedules and provides professional development courses for faculty and staff at the METC branch campus at least monthly.  These offerings are advertised electronically and in hardcopy throughout the METC.  The Chief of the Faculty Credentialing Department at the METC branch campus oversees the documentation and monitoring of faculty qualification and development using STARS-FD.  Program Directors execute the faculty qualification and development processes within their respective programs.

The purpose of orientation is to familiarize all personnel with leadership, facilities, policies, procedures, and a Tri-service culture. Orientation must be accomplished within sixty calendar days of in-processing.  The ICDT program is a five-day training session designed to enhance instructor competencies attained at the respective Service schools. Completion of the ICDT is required of faculty at the METC branch campus and must be accomplished within six months of in-processing.

Professional development includes, but is not limited to, completing periodic in-service training; attending professional workshops, conferences, seminars, and training sessions in their subject area; pursuing professional certifications in training and development; and pursuing medical specialty-specific professional certifications. The METC FSSD section at the METC branch campus provides professional development opportunities and training to all Faculty and Staff personnel at the METC branch campus. Faculty members must attend professional development class at least annually. All Professional Development for instructors at the METC branch campus is documented in STARS-FD.

All instructors must adhere to the minimum professional requirements for teaching within their respective disciplines.  In most cases this is an associate's or higher-level degree from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution.

Instructors receive three scheduled evaluations by a qualified instructor.  The first two evaluations must be conducted within 90 days from the date assigned a course. The third evaluation is conducted within 12 months from assignment.  After completion of the teaching internship, evaluations must be conducted and documented at least annually. 

Previously qualified returning instructor must receive a minimum of one instructional evaluation by a qualified instructor within 90 days of the date assigned to school.  Additional evaluations can be accomplished as needed to determine the qualification of the faculty member.

Faculty assigned to programmatically accredited programs with requirements for certification or licensure, or whose respective career field requires a certification or licensure, must provide proof of valid, current certification/licensure upon. Expiration of a required certification/licensure precludes instructional duty with CAHS.