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


The Boonshoft School of Medicine (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.

Voluntary faculty are partially affiliated faculty who volunteer their time to the School. The modifier Clinical is used for clinical faculty:

  • Clinical Professor
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Professor Emeritus
  • Clinical Professional Associate

The modifier Adjunct is used for non-clinical faculty:

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Adjunct Instructor

As a community-based medical school, the School particularly values the contributions of its voluntary, partially affiliated faculty members. The appointment and promotion of partially affiliated faculty are predicated on their tangible contributions to the teaching, scholarship and service missions of the School.

Partially affiliated faculty seeking promotion should be able to demonstrate sustained contributions to the School, as well as local recognition of their efforts on behalf of the School and the communities it serves.

Promotion in academic rank is a mark of distinction and recognition among the academic community of the School of Medicine of Wright State University. Time in rank alone, without evidence of academic activity, does not merit promotion to the next academic rank. Furthermore, the School considers the rank of clinical (adjunct) associate professor a respected and honored academic rank that will be the highest rank achieved by many valuable faculty members.

Faculty seeking promotion to the rank of clinical (adjunct) associate professor or clinical (adjunct) professor will be expected to meet the following guidelines. The faculty member, together with the departmental chair, should discuss the faculty member's progress toward promotion.

Updated March 28, 2006 (sho)

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