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III. Faculty Appointments
A. Faculty Ranks
Faculty ranks at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine include Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and the special faculty ranks of Assistant, Lecturer, Research Associate, Visiting Scientist, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Adjunct Professor, Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Visiting Professor, and Guest Faculty. The adjunct ranks are solely part-time appointments; all other faculty appointments may be part-time, full-time or limited full-time.
The titles Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, and Adjunct Assistant Professor are used to designate a special category of part-time faculty who are outstanding scientists, educators, and/ or clinicians and who contribute to the scholarly activities of the School of Medicine. Adjunct faculty serve on a year-to-year appointment basis. They do not receive base salary but may receive compensation or an honorarium for services rendered to the School of Medicine.
Adjunct faculty are excluded from the Appointments and Promotions provisions of the School of Medicine and are not eligible for the JHU Benefits Plan. They are expected to comply with the Policies and Guidelines Governing Appointments and Promotions, and Professional Activities of the Part-Time Faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (with the exception of the appointments and promotions review), the University Intellectual Property Policy and the Conflict of Interest Policy of the School of Medicine. Appointments must be proposed by a Department Director and approved by the Agenda Committee of the ABMF and the ABMF.
Adjunct faculty must use the modifier "adjunct" whenever they make a reference to their faculty status in publications, curriculum vitae and in self-identification in public representations.
The titles Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Visiting Assistant Professor, and Visiting Scientist are used to designate a special category of faculty, appointed on a full-time basis for a period in excess of three months, who are outstanding scientists, educators, and/or clinicians, who contribute to the scholarly activities of the School of Medicine. Visiting faculty appointments are reviewed annually at the department level.
Visiting faculty are appointed for renewable terms not to exceed 12 months with no commitment for appointment to the permanent faculty. Their faculty appointments are managed in accordance with customary policies. They are expected to comply with all policies of the University and School of Medicine, including the University Intellectual Property Policy and the Conflict of Interest Policy of the School of Medicine.
Visiting faculty must use the modifier "visiting" whenever they make reference to their faculty status.
The title Guest Faculty is used to designate persons who are invited to participate full-time, for a period of not more than three months, in scholarly activities at the School of Medicine.
Full-time faculty members engage in teaching, research and, in many cases, patient care activities. For the purposes of this document, the designation full-time means that the faculty member:
- devotes his or her professional energies, as defined in the "Conflict of Commitment" policy, to activities that further the academic objectives of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and
- receives compensation for the effort from The Johns Hopkins University or, under an agreement or formal arrangement with the School of Medicine, receives remuneration directly from another institution and is accorded all privileges of a full-time member of the School of Medicine faculty.
Any commitment less than limited full-time is considered part-time. A faculty member's status (full-time, limited full-time, or part-time) is a matter of contract between the faculty member and the University and is specified in each faculty member's letter of appointment.
A faculty member who resigns from a full-time faculty position is not automatically entitled to a part-time appointment. A faculty member who wishes to continue an association with the School of Medicine after his or her resignation must apply for appointment to the part-time faculty in the appropriate department.
Responsibilities of faculty members in all ranks are determined individually by the various departments. Faculty status may not be held concurrently with enrollment as a full-time student in the School of Medicine (e.g., as a medical student, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow).
B. Emeritus Status
Awarded in recognition of distinguished achievement and service, the honorary title emeritus may be granted by the Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of the ABMF, to faculty members upon their retirement from the School of Medicine. Emeritus faculty who remain active (i.e., those in partial retirement) are subject to the usual and customary policies applicable to the full-time faculty. Except in extraordinary circumstances, promotions in faculty rank are not granted once emeritus status is reached.
C. Joint Appointments
A faculty member may have a joint appointment that is either interdepartmental or interdivisional.
1. Interdepartmental joint appointments: There are two types of joint appointments within the School of Medicine. The first type is the joint appointment with title. In joint appointments with title, the full range of academic titles may be used: for example, Professor of _____ and Associate Professor of _____, or Assistant Professor of _____ and Assistant Professor of______. The second type is designated by the term Joint Appointment: for example, Associate Professor of _____ and Joint Appointment in _____.
In either case, there is one and only one primary appointment. The department that has the primary appointment is responsible for the faculty member's salary and for provision of space and other resources, except in the case of faculty not paid by The Johns Hopkins University. Contract periods and the timing of reappointment reviews, as outlined below, are determined by the faculty member's primary appointment only. If the primary appointment terminates for any reason, all interdepartmental joint and secondary appointments terminate at the same time.
For either type of interdepartmental joint appointment, a recommendation is made to the ABMF by the Director of the secondary department with the concurrence of the Director of the faculty member's primary department. The ABMF reviews nominations for a secondary appointment to a designated faculty rank, applying criteria comparable to those used for primary appointments. When the ABMF reviews nominations for Joint Appointment, the request of the Director of the secondary department is the basis for approval.
2. Interdivisional joint appointments: The University policy on interdivisional joint appointments allows a faculty member to hold an appointment in two divisions of the University, e.g., the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, or the Applied Physics Lab. However, academic rank is accorded to the faculty member by one and only one academic division. That division has the primary appointment and is responsible for the faculty member's academic advancement and for providing him or her with space and other resources. Appointments in all other divisions will be secondary. No academic rank is assigned for secondary interdivisional joint appointments; for example, Associate Professor of _____ with a joint appointment in [department name]. If the primary appointment terminates for any reason, all interdivisional joint appointments terminate at the same time.