Faculty & Clinical Affairs

Alan P. Marco, M.D., M.M.M., Associate Dean
Albert F. Painter Jr., Psy.D., Assistant Dean

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Policy 3A: Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion for Fully Affiliated Faculty

Last Revision: November 2011, effective July 1, 2013


The mission of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, hereafter called School, is to educate culturally diverse students to become excellent physicians by focusing on generalist training that is integrated, supported and strengthened by specialists and researchers, all of whom value patient-focused care, community service, and research and have a passion for improving health in their communities.

The School seeks to recruit and sustain a faculty that supports the goals of the School:

  1. A high level of creative/scholarly activity in the form of research is encouraged. However, because of the emphasis on teaching and practice, the creative output of individual faculty members may vary, and the balance of teaching, research, and service is a departmental but not necessarily an individual faculty member's responsibility.
  2. The teaching of clinical medicine and the structure and nature of the practice of medicine are emphasized. Accordingly, a scholarly educator (clinicians and nonclinicians) model will be essential for many faculty positions. In order to develop, evaluate and improve innovative and relevant curricula, there are certain faculty who work primarily as medical educators.
  3. The academic reward system must be flexible and reflect that medical education requires faculty members with academic (e.g., Ph.D.) and clinical (e.g., M.D.) degrees who bring different backgrounds, philosophies, skills, opportunities, and needs into an academic setting.

The School holds the academic standards established by Wright State University in high esteem. Because the School's programs and the composition of its faculty differ in many details from those of the university, the School has established the following guidelines for appointment and promotion. These guidelines are consistent with those of the university and with the goals of the School.

Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Fully Affiliated Faculty

The School sustains a faculty that supports the unique mission of the School. University faculty members have the responsibility to achieve academic growth and development in the areas of teaching, scholarly and research activity, and service. Any one of these areas may be the primary area of achievement. Each faculty member can accomplish this in a unique way that fits the mission of their department(s). Each department is responsible for a balance of teaching, scholarly and research activity, and professional service.

Promotion in academic rank is a mark of distinction and recognition among the academic community of the School. Academic scholarly/creative activity is the hallmark of the university. Time in rank alone, without evidence of academic scholarly/creative activity, does not merit promotion to the next academic rank. Furthermore, the School considers the rank of associate professor a respected and honored academic rank that will be the highest rank achieved by many valuable faculty members.

It is difficult to place specific value or weights on contributions to teaching, service or research/scholarly activities. Nevertheless, the following activities in the areas of teaching, service and scholarship have been arranged in tiers of significance. Achievements in the upper tiers will weight more heavily than those in the lower.



  • Principal investigator or co-investigator of a funded educational grant
  • Leadership (e.g. residency/fellowship program director, course director, clerkship director, educational committee chair)
  • Development of education aids (e.g., computer programs, videos, CDs, etc.)
  • Curriculum design (for example: course development or redesign)
  • Development of innovative teaching programs


  • Structured medical student, graduate student, or resident/fellow teaching
  • Recipient of teaching excellence award
  • Structured clinical teaching (e.g. lecture, grand rounds, CME presentation)
  • Chair of thesis committee (e.g., MD MPH, MD MBA programs, etc.)


  • Unstructured medical student, graduate student, or resident/fellow teaching (for example: teaching during rounds or in clinic)
  • Other teaching activities (for example: case conference, journal club, department seminars)



  • Chair of a university or School committee
  • Development of innovative clinical program
  • Chair or officer for regional or national medical, scientific, or public health organizations
  • Development of innovative programs or policies broadly impacting medical education or public health
  • Community service (major leadership position)


  • Member of a School or WSU committee
  • Membership on committees or boards of regional or national medical, scientific, or public health organizations
  • Participation in multi-center clinical and educational trials/studies
  • Organizing a local or regional scholarly or research symposium
  • Membership on hospital or health department committees (uncompensated)
  • Community service (service on a board or steering committee or an organization)


  • Community service (occasional volunteer participation)
  • Membership of a department committee



  • Principal investigator or co-principal investigator of a funded research grant
  • Grants reviewer at a national level
  • Original publication in refereed journal
  • Invited Visiting Professor
  • Publication of a book
  • Journal and/or book editor
  • Member of national consensus panel or study section
  • Invited chair of an international or national scientific/educational/clinical symposium
  • Member of an editorial board of a peer-reviewed journal


  • Presentation at national meeting
  • Writing an invited editorial in refereed journal
  • Guest lecturer outside own institution
  • Publication of a book chapter or a review article


  • Journal reviewer for a refereed journal
  • Case report in a refereed journal
  • Consultant to externally funded grant, medical or scientific organization or site or departmental review
  • Contributing investigator in a multi-center clinical trial or study
  • Presentation at regional meeting

Faculty seeking promotion to the rank of associate professor or professor will be expected to meet the following guidelines. The annual evaluation of faculty members should include review of these promotion guidelines as well as those of the department. The faculty member, together with the departmental chair, should discuss the faculty member's progress toward promotion.

Departments may have their own guidelines for promotion, which may be more specific and extensive. Faculty with appointments solely within the School will be expected to meet departmental guidelines as well as those of the School. ­In the case of conflict between the departmental bylaws in departments that are matrixed with the College of Science and Mathematics, the department’s bylaws will supersede this policy.

There are two tracks for promotion with distinct guidelines: the Investigator track and the Educator track. Faculty should be annually measuring their progress to promotion against the appropriate track. Faculty must declare the track on which they are seeking promotion at the time of their request for consideration.

Faculty members seeking promotion as Investigators should have superior and sustained accomplishments in research and in the scholarship of discovery. The majority of their professional achievements will be found within Research and Scholarly Activity.

Faculty members seeking promotion as Educators, should have superior and sustained accomplishments in medical education and the scholarship of the integration of knowledge with significant contributions to medical education or the School's medical education mission. Outstanding accomplishments in health services, such as innovative clinical programs and regional and national recognition for excellence in health care delivery, also will be considered as supporting promotion. The majority of these faculty members' professional achievements will be found within Education and Service.

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