Theme 4

Appendix 4
Theme 4 -- Investing in the Health Sciences
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Appendix 4
Creating a Faculty Structure for Clinical, Research, and Joint Appointments

By January 2015 the Dean’s Office, working with the Provost’s Office and Human Resources, will assess the possibility of approving one or more of the following job descriptions:

  • Clinical [Assistant, Associate, Full] Professor: Clinical professors will be involved in clinical teaching and clinical supervision with an emphasis on clinical skill development. They will have the responsibilities of teaching, research, and/or service. [In August 2013, President Starr approved BU-PP 719, the policy on clinical faculty. This policy recognizes clinical faculty at the ranks of instructor and assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, all as non-tenurable positions. This policy also describes the expectations, process, and timetable for promotion.]
  • Clinical [Senior] Instructor: This designation will be comparable to Baylor’s typical lecturer lines. Faculty members will have responsibilities of teaching, research, and service similar to lecturer lines, with higher expectations for teaching area and reduced expectations for research. Clinical instructors will be involved in clinical teaching and clinical supervision with an emphasis on clinical skill development. [In August 2013, President Starr approved BU-PP 719, the policy on clinical faculty. This policy recognizes clinical faculty at the ranks of instructor and assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, all as non-tenurable positions. This policy also describes the expectations, process, and timetable for promotion.]
  • Research [Assistant, Associate, Full] Professor (Non-tenured or Tenure-track/Tenured): This designation will be comparable to Baylor’s typical tenure-track lines. Faculty members will have responsibilities that primarily revolve around research and scholarly activities and will have reduced teaching responsibilities. These positions may be designated as tenure-track lines or non-tenured lines. Baylor’s policies and procedures for tenure-track candidates will apply, and the faculty will be full-time Baylor employees.
  • Adjunct Faculty: This designation will allow Baylor to create joint appointments with the healthcare community. A range of joint appointments should be available. For example, an adjunct clinical professor could receive all of his or her salary from his or her primary position (i.e., no salary from Baylor), but would have significant interactions with Baylor. Similarly, Baylor could work out a designated percent payment system that would reflect the amount of work performed for each institution.
  • Clinical Associate Faculty: This designation would be used for faculty who are employed by another institution and are involved in teaching activities at Baylor.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow: This unique designation would be created for this position rather than the current designation as a staff line.

University policy has not yet been established for several of the above categories: research professors, adjunct faculty, clinical associate faculty, and post-doctoral fellows. Establishing such policy would enhance the instructional and research capabilities of Baylor University