RECRUITMENT

NON-SALARIED CORE FACULTY
Faculty recruited into this track must initially hold an affiliated or volunteer faculty appointment for a minimum of 12 months in order to be nominated by the COM leadership, including chairs, directors, associate/assistant deans, faculty council members, core faculty in educational leadership positions such as module/clerkship/GME program directors, and leaders of affiliated institutions.

AFFILIATED AND VOLUNTEER FACULTY
Affiliate and volunteer faculty are recruited on an ongoing basis to serve as a: (1) Admissions committee member; (2) Admissions interviewer; (3) mock interviewer for M4 students; (4) specialty advisor for M2 students; (5) student interest group advisor; (6) facilitator in the anatomy lab experience; (7) e-portfolio advisor; (8) facilitator for small group experiences; (9) Focused Inquiry and Research Experience (FIRE) mentor; (10) preceptor for pre-clinical medical students for the Community of Practice; (11) preceptor for students in the clinical skills/simulation center; (12) preceptor for students in the M3/M4 required clerkships including Internal Medicine/Family Medicine, Neurology, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery; (13) director of a M4 elective.

 

APPOINTMENT, CONTRACTS, AND TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

NON-SALARIED CORE FACULTY
Nominations to recognize certain faculty with this status are solicited from the COM leadership. Nominated faculty with an existing affiliated or volunteer faculty appointment for a minimum of 12 months will be asked to submit to COM Faculty and Academic Affairs (FAA) a current CV and a personal statement explaining how they meet the core faculty appointment criteria with respect to UCF effort toward education of students and residents, research, and/or service (Appendix E).

AFFILIATE AND VOLUNTEER FACULTY (A/V FACULTY)
All A/V faculty appointments in the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine (UCFCOM) are unpaid appointments. Appointments to the affiliated or volunteer faculty do not provide tenure or tenure-earning status. Affiliated or volunteer faculty status is available to both clinicians and basic scientists. Appointment to the affiliated or volunteer faculty requires that the faculty candidate hold an M.D., D.O. and/or Ph.D. degree, or their equivalent. In circumstances in which another degree is considered the terminal degree in the candidate’s field, holding that degree may be acceptable. Appointments to the affiliated or volunteer faculty of the UCF COM require evidence of professional expertise, willingness and ability to perform the proposed activity, and potential as a role model and colleague. For clinicians, specialty or subspecialty board certification plus current Florida state licensure or their equivalent are expected. For basic scientists, post-doctoral experience and research funding are expected. Affiliated or volunteer appointments will not carry a modifier such as “clinical” or “research”, but will instead hold the same titles as salaried, core faculty members. In cases where a candidate for affiliated or volunteer faculty status has not received a terminal degree or board certification in her/his field, the rank of Instructor may be appropriate. Individual departments or units may have additional requirements for affiliated or volunteer faculty appointment. Letters of appointment and systems of regular review should document the expected role of each faculty member.

All A/V faculty members of the College of Medicine must comply with the policies and procedures of the College of Medicine and university, and also with any local, state, and federal laws and regulations that are applicable to their activities within the college.

Affiliated Faculty are employed by an entity that has an affiliation agreement with the College of Medicine. These individuals will be directed by the affiliated employer to perform specific responsibilities and devote a specified percent of time and effort to the College of Medicine for which he/she will be responsible.

Faculty members included in this category are those whose salary is derived through the affiliated institution. Individuals at affiliated institutions make important contributions that support the mission of the UCF COM and have academic credentials consistent with faculty status. In reward for their efforts, faculty appointments are offered at the ranks of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor.

Responsibility for recommending the appointment and rank of new candidates to the affiliate or volunteer faculty resides with the Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs at the College of Medicine. Appointments are subsequently recommended by the Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and approved by the Dean of the College. Candidates will be appointed to the volunteer faculty on the basis of their commitment to assist with teaching, collaborative research, and/or academic service in the College of Medicine.

Appointments to the faculty may be made at any time during the University’s fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). The effective date of the appointment will be the date that the required information and the candidate’s acceptance of the position are received and approved by the Dean of the College. The term of appointment may vary in length between one and five years. Faculty members will participate in faculty development programs as required by the college.

Individuals who would like to be appointed in the affiliated category must apply through the appropriate office at the affiliated institution. The application will then be sent to the Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. Acceptance of such appointment will constitute a contribution of time and effort to the University and its mission.

 

FACULTY STATUS
Faculty members in the College of Medicine will conduct teaching, research, healthcare delivery, administration, service and community outreach. For core faculty (salaried and non-salaried), the activities conducted and the importance of each are determined in the initial appointment and reinforced in each annual assignment (Appendix C).

 

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS
Acceptance of the appointment indicates the willingness on the part of the UCF COM and the faculty member to abide by the terms of the agreement and by the Faculty Handbook and its appendices.

 

JOINT APPOINTMENTS
Faculty who have responsibilities aligned with multiple departments may hold a joint appointment with compensation being apportioned between the primary and secondary departments.

 

SECONDARY JOINT FACULTY APPOINTMENTS
This type of appointment is awarded to members in other Colleges/units at UCF, will be time limited for the specific role the faculty member is serving in the COM, and will be without compensation.

 

FACULTY RANKS AND RELATED CRITERIA

RESIDENT INSTRUCTOR
Appointment requires M.D., D.O., or highest degree in the field of specialization from an accredited institution. This rank is used for individuals appointed in a graduate medical education at UCF COM or it’s affiliated hospitals. The term of the appointment will correspond to the dates the individual is in the training program. Individuals remaining on staff at affiliated hospitals after training will be transitioned to an instructor appointment until they become board certified.

Residents who remain in the Central Florida community (outside of our affiliated institutions) must contact the college to be appointed as an instructor. Once board certification is verified, faculty will be appointed at the assistant professor rank.

INSTRUCTOR
Appointment requires M.D., D.O., Ph.D., or highest degree in the field of specialization from an accredited institution. This rank is used for physicians who have not yet attained board certification, for basic scientists who have not completed a post-doctoral fellowship, or for other individuals who do not have a terminal degree in their field but meet the SACS criteria for teaching.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Appointment requires M.D., D.O., Ph.D., or highest degree in the field of specialization from an accredited institution. For M.D., Board Certification in one’s specialty and for Ph.D. post-doctoral experience are expected.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Appointment requires M.D., D.O., Ph.D., or highest degree in the field of specialization from an accredited institution with a demonstrated record of achievement at the regional level in teaching, research, and service.

PROFESSOR
Appointment requires M.D., D.O., Ph.D., or highest degree in the field of specialization from an accredited institution with a demonstrated record of achievement at the national or international level in teaching, research, and service.

MEDICAL INSTRUCTOR LIBRARIAN
Appointment requires a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution. This rank is considered an initial rank.

MEDICAL ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN
Candidates must have a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution and at least two years of experience as a professional librarian or equivalent after completing the master’s degree.

MEDICAL ASSOCIATE LIBRARIAN
Candidates must have a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution and at least five years of experience as a professional librarian or equivalent after completing the master’s degree.

MEDICAL LIBRARIAN
Candidates must have a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution with a demonstrated record of productive scholarly activity, scholarship, and service demonstrating national prominence.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE
All faculty are requested to provide an up to date curriculum vitae, completed in a standard format, at the beginning of each academic year. A model template is provided in Appendix B.

 

TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS
The institution is required to document the qualifications of its faculty as part of its accreditation process under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-CoC), 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, at http://www.sacscoc.org (SACS).; in particular, to demonstrate compliance with SACS Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 (Faculty Competence) http://afia.ucf.edu/files/UCFFacQualsGuidelines.pdf. To this end, the Department Chair or comparable unit head must make a clear case to sufficiently support each faculty hire and teaching assignment within his or her unit. Appropriate supporting documentation must also be provided as evidence of the faculty member’s qualifications.

 

ASSIGNMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES, ANNUAL REPORT, ANNUAL EVALUATION AND CUMULATIVE PROGRESS EVALUATION

NON-SALARIED CORE FACULTY

A plan for annual activities and responsibilities (Appendix C) is developed by each faculty member in the spring of each calendar year and discussed with the supervisor for final approval as their assigned responsibilities. At the end of the academic year, each faculty member prepares a report based on this plan. The faculty member should keep a record of activities engaged in throughout the calendar year to facilitate submission of an annual report. Once the report is completed, each faculty member will receive an annual evaluation on their overall performance in fulfilling their assigned responsibilities. The purpose of the evaluation is to assist in decisions relating to salary, retention, assignment, and promotion to other responsibilities. The supervisor may evaluate the faculty member based on direct observation and from information solicited from the faculty member and other sources that may include but are not limited to surveys, interviews, and the faculty member’s annual report. The policy requires that the immediate supervisor prepare a written evaluation and review it with the faculty member prior to placing the evaluation in the faculty member’s file. (Appendix D). Tenure-track faculty eligible for consideration for promotion and award of tenure shall be assessed annually on their progress toward this goal by the unit tenured faculty, the Department Chair or unit head, and the Dean. These Cumulative Progress Evaluations shall be included in the annual evaluation for assistant professors and retained in the faculty evaluation file.

AFFILIATE AND VOLUNTEER FACULTY (A/V FACULTY)

The activities through which A/V faculty members contribute to fulfilling the academic mission of the College are listed on page xiii. It is expected that affiliate and volunteer faculty will consistently participate in such activities. The college will monitor participation and continue or terminate appointments based on level of participation.

 

PROMOTION AND TENURE

NON-SALARIED CORE FACULTY
Non-salaried core faculty will be evaluated for promotion utilizing the criteria described in the College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Criteria for Core Faculty. A comprehensive description of the criteria appears on the Promotion and Tenure page.

TENURE OF TITLE FOR NON-SALARIED CORE FACULTY
Tenure of Title is awarded at the discretion of the College of Medicine without any right to, interest in, or expectation of any compensation or guarantee for compensation or future employment. Tenure of Title is granted only to non salaried core faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in scholarly activity, teaching and professional/collegiate service who meet or exceed the requirements for award of tenure for the department/school in which the faculty member has his/her primary appointment.

Nominations to recognize certain faculty with this status are solicited from the COM leadership including chairs, directors, associate/assistant deans, faculty council, core faculty in educational leadership positions as module/clerkship/GME program directors, and leaders of affiliated institutions.

The College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee will review the CV and personal statement of those individuals appointed to non-salaried core faculty status for consideration of this honor. The Committee will evaluate the individual’s accomplishments against the established criteria for the award of tenure for respective department/school regular, core faculty. These established criteria were approved by department/school faculty and approved by Faculty Excellence. The criteria are published within the College of Medicine Faculty Handbook and on file within Faculty Excellence. If the committee determines the individual meets or exceeds these requirements for the award of tenure, then a recommendation for the award is forwarded to the Dean. The Dean in turn will submit documentation to Faculty Excellence requesting that the Tenure of Title be awarded.

Upon approval by the Provost, a letter is sent to the respective faculty member indicating that he/she has been awarded the distinction of Tenure of Title. A copy of the award letter is provided to the College, Human Resources, and to the University Office of Faculty Excellence and Academic Affairs. (Approved by Faculty Relations 2/11/15)

AFFILIATED & VOLUNTEER FACULTY
Following initial appointment, promotion in rank is considered at the level of the College by the Promotion and Tenure Committee (NTE) and approval by the Dean.

Promotion of A/V faculty members is encouraged for those individuals who make sustained contributions to the mission of the department and the College and meet the criteria for the promotion. Those contributions generally focus on teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows, collaborative research, academic service, and clinical and professional service.

 

REAPPOINTMENT

UCF COM NON-SALARIED CORE FACULTY

Reappointment is at the discretion of the chair or hiring official.

AFFILIATED & VOLUNTEER FACULTY

A formal reappointment is required at the end of the appointment period; however, evaluations and actions for reappointment or non-reappointment may be undertaken by departments and/or the central administration at any time. Reappointment is not automatic and is based on continued eligibility and contributions to the mission of the department and the College of Medicine. Non-reappointment needs no justification.

For A/V faculty undergoing the required reappointment evaluation during their last year of service, the usual termination date is June 30. Reappointment terms will begin on July 1 of that year.

It is the responsibility of each A/V faculty to maintain a current curriculum vitae on file in the COM Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs. During the reappointment process, medical license information will be verified for physicians and other licensed health professionals.

 

TERMINATION OF APPOINTMENT

NON-SALARIED CORE FACULTY

UCF-COM Non-Salaried Core Faculty may be terminated if they no longer meet the participation requirements set forth by the appointment criteria. Appointments will generally be evaluated for termination during the annual faculty evaluation process.

AFFILIATED & VOLUNTEER FACULTY

Affiliated & volunteer faculty status may be withdrawn during the period of appointment. Such termination requires no justification. Affiliate and volunteer faculty who leave the area are expected to notify the Office of Faculty & Academic Affairs.

In addition, once an affiliated faculty member is no longer employed by the affiliated institution, then the appointment as affiliated faculty will be terminated. The individual may apply for volunteer faculty status. Volunteer faculty who leave the area are expected to notify the Office of Faculty & Academic Affairs.