Ohio State Navbar

Sign In

Faculty Categories and Definitions

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 clinicians and scientists who participate in medical student education. Adjunct faculty can not be paid and usually are not OSU or NCH employees. 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, visiting, and other temporary and term positions. 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; Retiree-Faculty and Retiree-Faculty Emeritus; Visiting Assistant/Associate/Professor; Assistant/Associate/Professor of Practice [Department]. Please note that while this is the University title series, the College recommends a differing working title. [See Full-time Paid Associated Faculty]. These positions are usually intended to be short-term, or in the case of longer term appointments are suitable for faculty who engage (almost) exclusively in clinical practice.
 
Clinical Faculty – the track for faculty who primarily engage in clinical teaching and practice but contribute to all college missions. 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. This is a “regular” faculty track.
 
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 like a no-sal.
 
Full-time Paid Associated FacultyAn internal designation for faculty on the Associated faculty who have FTEs of .5-1.0. This may be appropriate to use for faculty appointments that are expected to be less than 3 years. The titles for these appointments are: Assistant/Associate/Professor of Practice [Department], though the College recommends use of the working title series: Clinical Assistant/Associate/Professor.
 
Joint Appointment – for faculty members whose effort and salary is split between one or more TIUs (see also Courtesy Appointment).
 
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.
 
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.
 
Research Faculty – the faculty track for researchers who engage exclusively in scholarship. 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 27 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.