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Theme 4


Investing in the Health Sciences

Act of Determination 4 -- Creating a Faculty Structure for Clinical, Research, and Joint Appointments

Within the allied health professions, many faculty will have clinical roles in addition to, or instead of, the teaching and/or research responsibilities held by faculty in traditional academic roles. Clinical faculty, as their title suggests, are more involved in clinical teaching and clinical supervision where the emphasis is on clinical skill development. The research faculty designation will also become more important as hiring in the health sciences continues.

Action Steps:

  • By Fall 2014 the Dean’s Office, in consultation with chairs of departments with clinical faculty, will assess the functionality of existing clinical faculty, research faculty, and joint appointments and the potential need for future lines.

  • By Spring 2015 the Dean’s Office, working with the Provost’s Office and Human Resources, will seek to approve job descriptions for clinical faculty (refer to Appendix 4). These new designations will allow departments to hire faculty with clinical expertise and additional types of research experience. This effort should consider the appointment process already in use for faculty in the Army-Baylor graduate programs.

  • By Spring 2015 the Dean’s Office, working with the Provost’s Office and Human Resources, will assess the potential for creating job descriptions for research faculty and joint appointments.