Article 6 - Other Faculty Appointments

Section 6.1 Appointment to the UMMS Faculty
Section 6.2 Professional Staff
Section 6.3 Affiliate Faculty
Section 6.4 Adjunct Faculty
Section 6.5 Visiting Faculty

This article defines the terms and conditions for appointment of individuals other than Employed Faculty (Article 5) to the UMMS Faculty.

Section 6.1 Appointment to the UMMS Faculty

Appointment to the UMMS Faculty is based on an individual’s commitment of effort to the educational and/or research programs of UMMS, rather than on hospital rank, degree of responsibility, or seniority in other professional endeavors. Honorary appointments are not allowed.

a. Categories of Appointment. Faculty Appointments may be granted to individuals in the following categories. All individuals are appointed in the Non-Tenure Track.

i. Professional Staff

ii. Affiliate Faculty

iii. Adjunct Faculty

iv. Visiting Faculty

b. Appointment and Employment.  This APP governs only the Faculty appointments of these individuals. Individuals with Faculty appointments must abide by all applicable UMMS and University of Massachusetts policies and procedures.

The employment terms and conditions for these individuals are governed by the policies of their employer, rather than any employment terms and conditions defined in this APP. Individuals employed by UMMS are subject to UMMS Human Resources policies, unless otherwise specified in their employment agreement.

c. Termination.  These Faculty appointments 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. Further, if a Faculty Member subject to the provisions of this Article 6 resigns from or is removed from the Medical Staff of UMass Memorial Medical Center, the Faculty appointment of that individual automatically ends coterminously with the date of termination from the Medical Staff.

d. Resignation.  Individuals may resign these Faculty appointments 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.

Section 6.2 Professional Staff

a. Eligibility.  Individuals who are employed by UMMS or UMMHC in a staff position may be appointed to the Faculty based on their expected contributions to UMMS educational and research programs. This category includes, but is not limited to, professional staff and administrators, medical, nursing or other health professionals, clinical fellows participating in non-ACGME approved fellowship programs, chief residents who have completed residency training, and retired UMMS Faculty who been approved for post-retirement employment.

b. Appointment and Reappointment.  Individuals are appointed for a one-year term on recommendation by the chair or GSN Dean (as applicable) and approval through the procedures for appointment and promotion (Sections 3.12 and 3.13). Individuals may be appointed or promoted to the ranks of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, according to the eligibility and criteria for these ranks (Sections 3.6–3.9). Such individuals may be reappointed annually on review and recommendation by the chair or GSN Dean and approval by the SOM Dean (if applicable) and Provost or their designee.  The Faculty appointment of an individual ends coterminously with termination of their employment by UMMS or UMMHC.

Section 6.3 Affiliate Faculty

a. Eligibility.  Individuals who are not employed by UMMS, UMMHC, or a University-approved external foundation or agency and who are not eligible for appointment as Adjunct (Section 6.4) or Visiting Faculty (Section 6.5) may be appointed as Affiliate Faculty based on their expected contributions to UMMS educational and research programs. This category includes, but is not limited to, Courtesy Staff appointed to UMMMC; individuals at UMMS regional campuses; members of the medical, nursing or other health professions at affiliated hospitals, other health care facilities or in private practice; individuals based at research institutions, and retired UMMS Faculty who are actively engaged in UMMS educational and research programs.

b. Appointment and Reappointment.  Individuals are appointed to a one-year term on recommendation by the chair or GSN Dean (as applicable) and approval through the procedures for appointment and promotion (Sections 3.12 and 3.13). Individuals may be appointed or promoted to the ranks of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, according to the eligibility and criteria for these ranks (Sections 3.6–3.9). Individuals may be reappointed annually on review and recommendation by the chair or GSN Dean and approval by the SOM Dean (if applicable) and Provost or their designee.

The Faculty appointment of an Affiliate Faculty Member who is employed by an affiliated organization is contingent on continued employment of the individual by the affiliated organization and the affiliation agreement with that organization. In the event that either or both of these conditions are no longer in effect, the Faculty appointment will end coterminously without notice or appeal.

Section 6.4 Adjunct Faculty

a. Eligibility.  Individuals who hold a primary faculty appointment at another academic or research institution may be appointed as Adjunct Faculty based on their expected contributions to UMMS educational and research programs.

b. Appointment and Reappointment.  Individuals are appointed for a one year term on recommendation by the chair or GSN Dean (as applicable) and approval through the procedures for appointment and promotion (Sections 3.12 and 3.13) with the exception that the requirements for letters of evaluation are modified (Section 3.12.c.iv). Individuals are usually appointed at the Faculty rank (or equivalent) that the individual holds at their primary institution. The term “Adjunct” precedes the academic rank: e.g., Adjunct Professor of Department. Individuals may be reappointed annually on review and recommendation by the chair or GSN Dean and approval by the SOM Dean (if applicable) and Provost or their designee.

Section 6.5 Visiting Faculty

a. Eligibility.  Individuals who hold a primary faculty appointment at another academic or research institution and who intend to participate in UMMS educational and research programs for a limited time (usually up to one year) may be appointed as Visiting Faculty.

b. Appointment.  The procedure for appointment is described in Section 3.14. 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.