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Clinical Faculty


The Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP)

HHP Policy and Procedure Statement: 2.05Clinical Faculty Appointments
Approved: January 12, 2012(19 paragraphs)
Review Cycle: Every 3 years
Review Date: January 12, 2015
Reviewer: The HHP Voting Faculty

PURPOSE AND CORRESPONDING POLICIES

  1. The purpose of this policy statement is to provide an appointment route for individuals who are entering academics with a clinical emphasis in the field of Health and Human Performance (HHP). Clinical faculty make unique contributions to the mission of the department and are generally full time faculty who are not only engaged in teaching, but also engaged in the clinical training and supervision of students. The clinical faculty appointment establishes the appropriate rank and title for individuals who work in HHP programs that educate students for professional practice. The primary responsibilities of clinical faculty is to provide education in the field environment (e.g., Athletic Training, Health Education, Exercise and Sport Science, Personal Fitness and Wellness, Physical Education Teacher Education, Health Education, and Recreation), share professional expertise with students, and direct the educational experiences of HHP students in public and private settings within their respective professions.

  2. Clinical faculty teach courses emphasizing clinical skills, serve as liaisons to settings where students engage in clinical practice, develop agency affiliations, maintain student clinical records, assess clinical skills, and contribute to program development and/or other areas of practical application. To maintain their clinical skills, faculty may also engage in practice concurrent with teaching assignments. They are individuals who have elected to maintain their primary practice credentials and clinical practice skills, which can specifically contribute to the academic programs particularly in the practice-based areas. The skills of the clinical faculty specifically contribute to the HHP programmatic needs.

  3. The Department of HHP criteria and procedures for assigning professionals to the rank of Clinical Faculty is aligned with the AA PPS 7.18.

  4. Similar to tenure-track positions, clinical faculty positions are subject to administrative approval and availability of financial resources.

    ACADEMIC RANKS AND TITLES

  5. The academic ranks and related titles in clinical faculty appointments shall be:

    1. Clinical assistant professor

    2. Clinical associate professor

    3. Clinical professor

  6. These ranks are established so the university can recruit and retain full certified/credentialed and salaried faculty experienced in the clinical professional practice disciplines and are intended to accommodate those faculty who wish to maintain their primary emphasis on clinical practice, yet participate in education in the higher education setting.

    APPOINTMENTS

  7. All appointments will recognize the individual’s potential to provide education in clinically relevant areas.

  8. Procedures for appointment and promotion(AA PPS 8.10) to academic ranks related to positions in the clinical faculty appointments are the same as for regular appointments (AA PPS 7.02)

  9. If the appointment of a faculty member is changed from the clinical appointment to a tenure track appointment, years of service will not be considered in the determination of the probationary period.

  10. Clinical faculty may be appointed at any academic rank as long as the faculty fulfills the requirements.

  11. A clinical assistant professor, clinical associate professor, or clinical professor shall be appointed for a term of not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, for the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the clinical track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental needs.

  12. A faculty member on appointment of clinical faculty is not eligible for tenure.

  13. Clinical Assistant Professor. Appointment to the rank of clinical assistant professor is extended to an individual who has:

    1. Completed a professional credential relevant to the particular professional discipline.

    2. Holds a Master’s or appropriate terminal degree in the particular professional discipline.

    3. Demonstrates clinical/professional practice competence and has a license/certification to practice in the discipline and is practicing (if required by the state).

    4. Contributed in the clinical/profession practice area and has the potential for significant professional growth.

    5. Experience in professional education at the university level.

    6. Relevant scholarly activities including professional, state, or regional presentations, workshops, or publications.

  14. Clinical Associate Professor. Appointment to the rank of clinical associate professor is extended to an individual who has:

    1. Completed a professional credential relevant to the particular professional discipline.

    2. Holds a Master’s or appropriate terminal degree in the particular professional discipline.

    3. Demonstrates exemplary clinical/professional competence and has a license/certification to practice in the discipline and is practicing (if required by the state).

    4. Contributed in the clinical/profession practice area and has the potential for significant professional growth.

    5. More than five years experience in professional education at the university level.

    6. Relevant scholarly activities including professional national presentations, workshops, or publications.

    7. Demonstrated service to relevant state, regional, or national professional organizations.

  15. Clinical Professor. Appointment to the rank of clinical professor is extended to an individual who has:

    1. Completed a professional credential relevant to the particular professional discipline.

    2. Holds an appropriate terminal degree in the particular professional discipline.

    3. Demonstrates exemplary clinical/professional practice competence and has a license/certification to practice in the discipline and is practicing (if required by the state).

    4. Contributed significantly in the clinical/profession practice area and has demonstrated significant professional growth.

    5. More than ten years experience in professional education at the university level.

    6. Relevant scholarly activities including national and/or international presentations, workshops, or publications.

    7. Demonstrated leadership and service in relevant national or international professional organizations (e.g., officer, teaching awards, service awards).

    EVALUATION & PROMOTION

  16. Appointees as clinical faculty shall be subject to annual performance review as customary for other faculty.

  17. Three areas of activity are important in the evaluation of individuals; for performance review, promotion and merit in the clinical track:

    1. Effective teaching in the classroom, laboratory and/or clinical settings.

    2. Service to the department, university and profession (e.g., curriculum development, committee work).

    3. Creative/scholarly activity (e.g., articles, presentations, workshops).

  18. All promotions shall be based upon time in rank and evaluations of the clinical faculty member’s teaching effectiveness, service, and creative/scholarly activity. Effective classroom, laboratory and/or clinical teaching is assessed by student, peer, and self evaluations designed by the faculty member’s department in accordance with the college policy.

  19. The criteria and procedures for promotion of clinical faculty must be general enough to include the needs of four diverse divisions (Athletic Training, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation). Clinical Faculty seeking promotion should follow the HHP Tenure and Promotion Policy (HHP PPS 3.03) with the following exceptions. In the documentation for promotion, a faculty must have completed the minimum years in rank and the minimum standards for desired rank, as noted in this policy. Rather than a Mentor Committee, the Program Coordinator in the faculty’s program area (or designee) will serve as mentor. The promotion documentation will not require the inclusion of external reviewers. The documentation materials will be weighted according to the faculty workload agreement to include teaching, service, and scholarly activities.

CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

This HHP PPS has been approved by the reviewers listed below and represents the Department of Health and Human Performance policy and procedure from the date of the document until superseded.

Voting Faculty Representative: ____________________Date: __________

Approve: ___________________________________Date: __________

Chair of the HPP Department