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I. General Considerations

A. Purpose of This Document

It is a long-standing tradition at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that obligations of faculty members and the School to each other are established through an informal system of negotiations and agreements made in good faith between a faculty member and his or her Department Director and with the Dean. The policies and guidelines set forth here provide a framework in which these good-faith interactions may continue. They should in no way inhibit direct personal interchanges among faculty members, Department Directors, and the Dean on issues related to their joint responsibilities.

B. Institutional Goals

The mission of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is to educate medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in accordance with the highest professional standards; to prepare clinicians to practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standard; and to identify and answer fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease, in health care delivery and in the  basic sciences.  Faculty members are encouraged to assume leadership roles in education, research, clinical practice, and/or administration. The pursuit of these goals reaffirms the historic role of this school.

C. Obligations of the School of Medicine to Its Full-time Faculty Members

The obligations of the School to its faculty are:

  1. To protect the right of each faculty member to academic freedom: that is, the right to pursue knowledge and to write and speak freely as responsible citizens without institutionally imposed, arbitrary restrictions.
  2. To judge a faculty member as a researcher, educator, clinician, and/or program builder, based solely on legitimate intellectual and professional criteria and without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, political view, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally impermissible criteria.
  3. To provide an intellectual environment, work space consistent with available facilities and financial support, and an appropriate amount of time for scholarly growth and achievement.
  4. To provide opportunity for academic advancement and to consider appointments and promotions to faculty positions on the basis of established criteria and procedures. 
  5. To provide appropriate compensation for the services of its faculty members over specific periods of employment.

D. Obligations of Full-time Faculty Members to the School of Medicine

The obligations of faculty members to the School are:

  1. To carry out assigned academic duties.
  2. To teach, conduct research, and/or care for patients with professional competence, intellectual honesty, and high ethical standards.
  3. To develop and improve their professional abilities.
  4. To continuously achieve academic productivity consistent with the expectations of one's academic rank.
  5. To participate in advisory or committee assignments necessary for the development of academic programs, in advising students, and in the governance of the School of Medicine.
  6. To devote their principal professional energies to activities that further the goals of the Institution and to share in the more general responsibilities of faculty to the University, the local community, and society at large.
  7. To disclose fully and promptly any potential conflicts of commitment or interest in accordance with the Policies of Conflict of Commitment/Interest Guidelines.