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 3B: Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion for Partially Affiliated Faculty

Last Revision: December 2004

I. Clinical (Adjunct) Professor

The following criteria are those ordinarily expected in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (School) for appointment or promotion to clinical (adjunct) professor.

For the academic rank of clinical (adjunct) professor the candidate must have documented evidence of sustained and high performance that is recognized by peers in his/her field within the local community.

The value of professional achievements may be documented by testimonial letters.


1. Degree. Candidates must hold the terminal degree in their fields.

2. Certification. Physician faculty must have board certification in their specialties or sub specialties. Other faculty members shall be certified in their fields if such certification is available or applicable.

3. Time in previous rank. A minimum of ten years at the clinical (adjunct) associate professor level is ordinarily required to demonstrate the sustained superior performance expected for appointment or advancement to clinical (adjunct) professor.

4. Academic activity. Sustained and superior performance in medical education and service relevant to the School. Because of the close relationship with its affiliated institutions, the school recognizes activities in the affiliated institutions. Performance should be documented as superior in quality as well as quantity. Evidence of quality includes leadership, as contrasted to membership or simple participation, and significant impact from the nominee's efforts. Expected activities would include:

  1. Teaching involving either medical students, residents or practicing physicians, or a combination thereof.
  2. Service involving significant committees, advisory bodies or administration.
  3. Scholarly consultation and collaboration.

5. Other distinguished professional achievement. Quality should be considered and documented as well as quantity.

  1. Clinical care. The candidate must have achieved broad recognition and respect by peers as a superior practitioner in the field. The candidate should have an outstanding local reputation.
  2. Professional organizations. Candidates should have made major contributions and held a major leadership position in a professional organization appropriate to the field. If local, the candidate should have been a senior officer. If state, the candidate should have been an officer or served either on important committees, or as an editor especially in a leadership position. If national, the candidate should have served as an officer or served in a significant way on important committees or in a senior editorial position.
  3. Community leadership related to the profession. Both quantity and quality of service should be documented as distinguished.

6. Recognition by peers. The candidate should have an outstanding local reputation and, preferably, recognition at the regional level as well. Letters of support from at least three peers should evaluate the candidate's academic activities and document the candidate's professional recognition. The evaluators should hold at least the rank of clinical (adjunct) professor, if they have an academic appointment.

Updated March 28, 2006 (sho)

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