Associated faculty appointments exist for faculty members who focus on a specific and well-defined aspect of the college mission, most commonly outstanding teaching and exemplary clinical care in the community or on a short-term basis. Associated faculty may be involved in scholarly pursuits and service to the university, but this is not required for advancement. Associated appointments may be paid or unpaid.

Associated faculty encompass a broad category of faculty titles including adjunct, practice, visiting, returning retiree, lecturer, and are typically intended to be short term positions.The primary Associated faculty titles used in the College of Medicine are Practice and Adjunct faculty. 

Practice faculty will have a paid appointment through OSU, OSU Physicians, Inc, or Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the titles end with –practice (e.g. assistant professor-practice). 

Community faculty (aka Adjunct faculty) are not employed or paid through OSU, OSU Physicians, Inc, or Nationwide Children’s Hospital, but engage in our academic mission. Adjunct faculty hold the titles: adjunct instructor, adjunct assistant professor, adjunct associate professor and adjunct professor. See Faculty Categories and Definitions for more information. 

Promotion within the Associated faculty is awarded for excellence in the conveyance of one’s primary mission. These faculty follow the criteria and procedures outlined in the College Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure document.