RECRUITMENT

The COM requires that UCF-COM Salaried Core Faculty positions be filled using a search committee. This ensures faculty participation in the selection of new colleagues at all levels of the COM. When appropriate, search committee composition may also include support staff, students, community members, or others. Administrator and faculty search committee members should follow the UCF Search and Screening Guidelines when seeking to recruit and appoint new faculty members. The details of the faculty hiring procedures to include requirements for full-time faculty are detailed in the Faculty Hiring Guide.

APPOINTMENT, CONTRACTS, AND TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

A recommendation for appointment to the faculty is made by the Chair to the Dean, Director or hiring official in consultation with the Department/School faculty. Official offers of hire are only made by the Provost and Executive Vice President through an Employment Agreement which stipulates the initial rank, salary, tenure status, start date, length of appointment and any special conditions of employment. The signature of the faculty member indicates agreement of the terms and conditions in the Employment Agreement and in the Conditions of Employment.

Faculty members are designated as non-unit faculty and are not represented by the United Faculty of Florida. Depending on the Department and nature of the assigned duties, contracts for faculty will be for 12 or 9 months. Generally, faculty members in the Departments of Clinical Sciences, Internal Medicine or Medical Education will be on 12 month multi-year contracts and faculty members in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences will be on 9 month tenure-earning contracts. Faculty members in the COM may be on a tenure track or on a non-tenure track. Non-tenure track positions are identified as non-tenure earning (NTE) representing one-year appointments (visiting), or non-tenure earning multi-year appointments. The duration of the multi-year appointment is two years for assistant and associate professors; and three years for professor. Multi-year appointments are renewable subject to performance reviews.

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 completing their graduate medical education at 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

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.

PROMOTION AND TENURE

Faculty within the COM are eligible for promotion from one rank to another based on the qualifications established by the COM. For those faculty who are on a tenure track, the recommendation for the award of tenure and promotion are considered at the same time when advancing from assistant professor to associate professor (two decisions as part of the same process). Each year, the Promotion and Tenure Guide is updated by the UCF Office of Faculty Excellence. https://facultyexcellence.ucf.edu/promotion-pathways/. A comprehensive description of the criteria for the College of Medicine appears on the Promotion and Tenure page.

REAPPOINTMENT

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

TERMINATION OF APPOINTMENT