Faculty tracks – the College of Medicine has four: Tenure-Track, Clinical Faculty, Research Faculty, and the Associated faculty 

Adjunct Faculty – [Associated Faculty] 0% FTE, non-salaried faculty that participate in the education, training, and evaluating of graduate or medical students. This is the title series for community physicians who participate in medical student education and evaluation who need a faculty appointment to perform those duties. Adjunct faculty may not be paid. Titles are: Adjunct Instructor/Assistant/Associate/Professor of [Department]. (see also Associated Faculty). An adjunct appointment is not the same as a Courtesy Appointment.

Associated faculty – [formerly called Auxiliary] - A broad category of faculty titles that encompasses adjunct, practice, visiting, returning retiree, lecturer, which are typically intended to be short term positions. Persons with a tenure-track faculty title on an appointment of less than 50% FTE are associated faculty. Associated faculty may or may not be OSU employees. They may or may not be paid. Titles include: Adjunct Instructor/Assistant/Associate/Professor; Lecturer and Senior Lecturer; Visiting Assistant/Associate/Professor; Assistant/Associate/Professor of Practice [Department]. . 

Clinical Faculty – the track for faculty who primarily engage in clinical teaching and practice but contribute to all college missions. The clinical faculty exists for those faculty members whose principal career focus is outstanding teaching, clinical and translational research and delivery of exemplary clinical care. The titles for these appointments are: Assistant/Associate/Professor of Clinical [Department]. These faculty are typically, but not exclusively, physicians, and they must have a paid faculty appointment. 

Courtesy Appointment – a title used to recognize a faculty member from OSU who works collaboratively with or is affiliated with another OSU department. The courtesy faculty title is always the same as the primary title. For instance, a faculty member whose home department is Neurology and has a courtesy appointment in Neuroscience would have the title of Professor in both departments, but the Neuroscience appointment is entered as a non-salary appointment.

Joint Appointment – for faculty members whose effort and salary is split between one or more TIUs (this is different than Courtesy Appointment) and require additional steps including a Memorandum of Understanding. See APT Required Documents for more information. 

Part-time Faculty – Paid faculty on any track with an appointment of less than .5 FTE. Part-time faculty are usually on the Associated faculty, though may be appointed to any faculty track.

Practice Associated Faculty – This category of Associated faculty will have a paid appointment at OSU, OSUP, or NCH and requires a faculty appointment (e.g. for clinical credentialing or teaching a course). This may be appropriate to use for faculty appointments that are expected to be less than 3 years or for faculty who are paid through OSU, OSUP, or NCH but are 100% out in the community and not engaged in our academic missions. They may have another paid appointment at OSU (e.g. physician), but their faculty appointment can be unpaid. The titles for these appointments are: Assistant/Associate/Professor of Practice [Department].

Regular Faculty – a reference to faculty on the tenure-track, clinical faculty and research faculty. No longer an official University designation for categories of faculty, though still commonly referenced as a way to distinguish the faculty who comprise the college’s academic core. These faculty must have a paid faculty appointment.

Research Faculty – the faculty track for researchers who engage exclusively in scholarship and must cover 100% of their salary through extramural funding. The titles for these appointments are: Research Assistant/Associate/Professor of [Department]. 

Tenure-Track – the track for faculty whose primary effort is the creation and dissemination of new knowledge through the production of scholarship. The titles for these appointments are: Assistant/Associate/Professor of [Department]. Faculty on this track are eligible for tenure at any point, but are required to go up no later than the sixth year of appointment, called the mandatory review year. Due to time commitment, faculty members with clinical obligations have an extended probationary period of 11 years. 

TIU – Tenure Initiating Unit, aka Department. There are 29 TIUs in the College of Medicine. These govern the primary appointment of a faculty member. A center or an institute is not a TIU and may not directly appoint or employ a faculty member.