In keeping with the academic titles: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor denote increasing ranks within the professorial series. Other titles are used to describe faculty members whose duties do not correspond with traditional professorial appointments. Academic titles may be unmodified or modified as described below.
Unmodified Professorial Title
Individuals in the School of Medicine or at affiliated teaching or research institutions who have made and continue to make major and consistent contributions in terms of time, scholarly activity, professional service, and institutional citizenship to the programs and activities of the School of Medicine will be considered for appointments with unmodified academic titles at the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor. Individuals are only permitted to have unmodified professorial titles at a single academic institution; therefore: those who choose to retain an unmodified professorial title at another academic institution are only eligible for a prefixed title at USUHS.
It is recognized that there are professional scientists, clinicians, emeritus faculty of other academic institutions, individuals in administrative positions, and others in the academic, clinical, scientific, military, and general community who have particular competencies that will enhance and benefit the mission of the USUHS School of Medicine. To formalize their relationship with USUHS, individuals whose contributions to USUHS School of Medicine programs, although episodic, are of such value as to warrant recognition will be offered a faculty appointment with the Adjunct prefix modifier. Due to their limited USUHS-directed activities, the academic rank of these facl1lty members will be based, for the most part, on their achievements outside the USUHS academic community.
The prefix CLINICAL may be used for those at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. It is reserved for individuals whose primary contributions to the School of Medicine are in clinical teaching, clinical practice, or clinical administration. Due to the limited time afforded these clinical faculty to work in traditional scholarly activities, their appointments will be based on their achievements and recognition in teaching, clinical practice, and clinical administration.
The modifier RESEARCH will be used with any academic title to designate faculty members in basic science and clinical science departments who are members of the RESEARCH Pathway.
Unprefixed Faculty Pathways
The Department Chair will assign faculty members to either the general track or one of three specific pathways based on departmental need and the criteria below.
Practicing clinicians whose primary scholarly achievements are in the research, educational, clinical, and professional service activities of the School of Medicine will be eligible for appointment in this pathway. Faculty must be committed to the education, research, and clinical service missions of the School of Medicine. In addition to documentation of research activities, individuals in this pathway must take primary responsibility for patient care and be an integral component of the Department's clinical and teaching programs.
Practicing clinicians whose primary scholarly achievements are in the educational, clinical, and professional service activities of the School of Medicine will be eligible for appointment in this pathway. Faclllty must be committed to the educational and clinical service missions of the School of Medicine. They must take primary responsibility for patient care and must be an integral component of the Department's clinical and teaching programs. Faculty in this pathway are expected to assume administrative responsibility for medical education and related clinical care activities at the USUHS or its affiliated teaching institutions.
Faculty members with Educator Pathway appointments will devote the preponderance of their effort to the scholarship of teaching and education-related activities. The extent and significance of contributions to the teaching and educational productivity of the department, other faculty, and students will be ihe primary consideration for these appointments. While these faculty members will engage in appropriate institutional citizenship and professional service activities including research, their major responsibility will be teaching and the development and maintenance of productive educational programs. Non-educational administrative service will normally occupy no more than 20% of their professional time.
Faculty members with research pathway appointments will devote tne preponderance of their effort to research and research-related activities. The extent and significance of contributions to the research productivity of the department, other faculty, and students will be considered. While these faculty members will engage in limited teaching activities, their major responsibility will be the Development of productive research programs. Teaching and non research related administrative service will occupy no more than 20% of their professional time.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Faculty Coordinator.