Medicine (MED)

Department of Medicine

Uniformed Services University

Faculty Appointments


Academic rank is important both during and after a military career.  Faculty appointments in the Department of MED at USU are recognition of academic contributions and service to the mission of educating our students. The following data is a brief overview and is subject to change per updates to the USU 1100 / 1100A. 

Basic information

Faculty appointments at USUHS are governed by the University, following the very comprehensive USU Instruction 1100 (link below). What follows here is more "practical" information and an explanation of the MED Department’s process and instructions on how to apply.

Faculty Ranks / Designations

Faculty ranks and general faculty status are listed as follows:

Teaching Fellow (Designation):  

Teaching Fellow designations are typically provided for residents in training. This is not an academic rank in the same way as Assistant, Associate. or Professor, it is recognition from the Department of Medicine of your contributions to educate our medical students and it can be listed on your CV.  This status continues until graduation from residency and passing all examinations. After that, you can apply electronically (link below) for an official faculty appointment in the SOM department of MED.  

Instructor, Assistant, Associate, or full Professor:

Upon graduation from an accredited residency program you are eligible for an appointment as an Instructor or Assistant Professor.  Associate and full Professor appointments/promotions require demonstration of significant additional experience and contributions.  For Ph.D. scientists , entry level rank is dependent on training and experience.

Progression from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor typically involves a minimum of time in rank of around 6 years. Promotion to Professor generally requires at least another 4 years or longer, although there is not a firmly defined time period.  Clearly, such a significant promotion is dependent on scholarly productivity and professional recognition.


Active duty faculty are all in a non-tenure track.  Faculty appointments for non-tenure track positions are typically categorized into one of several available pathways:

  • Clinician-Educator
  • Clinician-Investigator
  • Research
  • Educator

Most clinicians will be categorized in the Clinician-Educator Pathway, while most of the Ph.D. faculty will follow the Research Pathway.  As might be suspected, each of the pathways has different areas of focus and the criteria to be appointed and promoted will vary.  For example, faculty in the investigator or research pathways will need to demonstrate accomplishments in scientific investigation and research, while the clinician-educator pathway emphasizes clinical and educational accomplishments.



The "Adjunct" prefix is typically provided to an individual performing important functions relative to the Department but is assigned to an institution or facility that is not a core clerkship site for USUHS students or a primary residency site for MED. 


The "Clinical" prefix is used at USUHS to recognize the critically important educational and clinical activities of clinical faculty who may not be involved in the research or other activities that serve as criteria for non-prefixed appointments.  These are particularly used at the Associate Professor or Professor ranks. The University certainly recognizes the incredible demands placed on faculty with respect to clinical activities, and that they may not have the time to pursue scientific investigation/research but they provide significant clinical service and education of students, residents, and fellows. Therefore these faculty have the opportunity to become promoted as a clinical appointment.

The requirements for the appointment/promotion package to be forwarded for consideration of a "Clinical" prefix are generally less involved than for consideration of an unprefixed appointment, particularly pertaining to the number of required letters of support.

Other prefixes are also available (Distinguished, Visiting, and others) - details regarding these prefixes are contained in the USU 1100 Instruction.



The process for appointment and promotion are detailed in the Instruction, and are too extensive to comprehensively detail here. However, the following sections will hopefully prove beneficial in understanding the process and the "practical" aspects of the criteria evaluated.

Teaching Fellow:

Submit the following documents to the MED Department Faculty Academic Appointment and Promotion Specialist

  1. Curriculum Vitae (it does not have to be a specific format, but an example is included below)
  2. Letter of support from your clerkship director.  These are usually sent every year when new residents arrive for training. 

Instructor & Assistant Professor:

This process is automated and online.  To complete this, please see the website below.  There is also an instructional video below to assist you.

Associate Professor and Professor:

For these appointments, there is not an online process at this time.  The Associate and Professor appointments require a much more comprehensive review. 

In general, this process begins during the annual Division review or by nomination of your Division Director.  You may also contact the Vice Chair of Appointments & Promotions or the Department Faculty Academic Appointment & Promotion Specialist with a copy of your CV for review. 

After this, your information will be reviewed by the Chair of Medicine and the Department of MED Executive committee. You will receive feedback and instructions on documents to send in to keep the process moving.  At this time, we will request letters of evaluation and your application will be reviewed by the Chair.  After this, the Department Chair will write a letter of endorsement and the packet is reviewed by the USU CAPT Committee and recommendations sent forward to the Dean’s Office.  If approved, it is reviewed at the quarterly Board of Regents meeting and the final decision sent back to the CHR office and notification made to the provider.

For more information on qualifications and requirements for Associate / Professor level appointments, you can refer to the USU 1100 & 1100A



The process for Teaching Fellow, and Assistant Professor appointments is mostly administrative with the basic qualifications discussed previously and these may take as little as 2-3 months to complete. 

At the Associate Professor and Professor levels, the process is significantly more involved and one of the most common delays is receiving the required letters of recommendation.  In addition, after they are received and reviewed by the USU CAPT committee, the Board of Regents (BOR) must sign off on these and they meet on a quarterly basis.


Civilian Human Resources (CHR) Process

The CHR Office maintains records and handles administration of faculty appointments and promotions. Faculty member rosters are reviewed on an annual basis and it is important to keep CHR informed of any changes in your location and assignments.



Academic appointments at USU are an important way to recognize your contributions to the educational mission of the University.  While the process is sometimes challenging, we are committed to providing support to help make sure that it is as simple as possible and remove any obstacles.  We recognize that our faculty are the most valuable resource we have and that we cannot accomplish the mission without you.




Important Links and Documents:


Instructor & Assistant Professor Application website:

Website for online application process (instructor & Assistant Professor)

List of Department POCs for General Questions about USU Faculty Appointments:

Video to assist with the Online Application process:
Instructional Video


Point of Contact