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Visiting Faculty

(See APP, Section 6.5)

Individuals who hold a primary faculty appointment at another academic or research institution and who intend to participate in UMass Chan Medical School educational and research programs for a limited time (usually up to one year) may be appointed as Visiting Faculty. Visiting Faculty members are usually appointed at the academic rank (or equivalent) that the individual holds at their primary institution. The term “Visiting” precedes the academic rank: e.g., Visiting Professor of Department.


Visiting Faculty members are appointed by a modified procedure (APP, Section 3.14) that does not require review by DPAC, PAC or Executive Council. To appoint an individual as a Visiting Faculty member, the chair or GSN Dean (as applicable) submits the following to the SOM Dean (if applicable), and the Provost or their designee:

  • A written recommendation by the chair or GSN Dean that includes a description of the proposed duties of the Visiting Faculty member, the duration of the appointment (usually up to one year), and their qualifications for the position;
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae; and
  • A letter from the chair or equivalent official at the institution where the individual holds their academic appointment. This letter should confirm the candidate’s rank and title, state that the candidate is in good academic standing, and recommend the candidate for a visiting appointment at UMass Chan Medical School. No other external letters of evaluation are required.

The SOM Dean (if applicable) and the Provost or their designee reviews these materials, makes a decision to approve or not approve the appointment, and informs the chair or GSN Dean and the candidate.


The appointment of a Visiting Faculty Member may be extended on recommendation by the chair or GSN Dean (as applicable) and approval by the SOM Dean (if applicable) and Provost or their designee. Visiting Faculty appointments for longer than two years are not allowed; individuals requiring a longer appointment must be appointed as Adjunct Faculty.


Individuals may resign their faculty appointment on prior written notification to the chair or GSN Dean (as applicable) at the earliest possible opportunity, but at least 90 days prior to the effective date of resignation.


The appointment of an Visiting Faculty member may be terminated at any time by the chair, SOM Dean, or GSN Dean (as applicable) on prior written notification to the individual at least 30 days in advance of termination of appointment.