Appointment and Promotion Guidelines for the Community Faculty

Introduction

Teaching is the principal contribution made by the community faculty to the Child Study Center and to the School of Medicine. Community faculty members serve as teachers and role models for students, residents and fellows and other trainees.

All appointments and promotions will be made in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Faculty Handbook, as explained and elaborated upon by this document. These Guidelines and the Faculty Handbook may be revised from time to time by the University.

The Community Faculty Committee of the Child Study Center will evaluate proposals for new appointments, reappointments and promotions of voluntary faculty in the Department. Recommendations of the Community Faculty Committee will be forwarded to the Chair of the Department, before referral to the Tenured Faculty Committee for Departmental recommendation. The Community Faculty Committee, appointed by the Department Chair, is composed of three to four faculty including Director of Clinical Services, members of the senior full-time faculty, and at least one member of the senior voluntary faculty.  Membership terms are three years. The Committee will be chaired by the Director of Clinical Services.  It is expected that this committee will review  annually each faculty member’s activity as defined below.

All community faculty members should maintain a current academic curriculum vitae in the School of Medicine format (see http://info.med.yale.edu/faculty/), including teaching activities, publications, presentations, and other professional activities.

Physicians who engage in clinical supervision MUST be members of the Yale Medical Group (YMG) and be credentialed within Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH).  For YNHH credentialing, it is a requirement that the individual engage in some YNHH clinical activity.  This will almost always entail as an attending (backup) physician for 1 week a year in addition to other supervisory activities for Center trainees for outpatient clinical work.  Physicians who do NOT provide clinical supervision must meet the requirements described below but will not require credentialing by YMG or YNHH.  Psychologists need not be credentialed with YNHH but, if they provide clinical supervision, must be credentialed through YMG.  For social work faculty who provide supervision we require that within the department there be a record of clinical licensure and evidence of malpractice insurance.

Criteria for Appointment, Reappointment and/or Promotion


Clinical Instructor – This is a one-year renewable appointment that is reserved for experienced and highly skilled teachers and practitioners. Voluntary faculty members at this rank participate in academic activities and interact with students, trainees, house staff, and/or fellows in teaching programs. To achieve and maintain an appointment at this level, a candidate must provide a minimum of 40 points for one year, as defined by Community Faculty Criteria (see below).

 
Assistant Clinical Professor – A voluntary faculty member may be appointed for up to three years at this renewable rank.  Appointment is reserved for those experienced and highly skilled teachers and practitioners who typically have successfully served as a Clinical Instructor or equivalent for 2 years.  Faculty who are new appointments to the Department will be considered for this rank based on meeting the other requirements for this rank. Active participation in programs within the department or an affiliated institution is mandatory. It is anticipated that an Assistant Clinical Professor will document a minimum of 40 points for one year, as defined by Community Faculty Criteria (see below).

Prior to reappointment, each voluntary faculty member should be carefully reviewed by the member’s immediate supervisor to consider quantity and quality of activities. Documentation of these activities and appropriate forms should be completed and submitted to the Chair of the Community Faculty Committee within the time frame required by the committee.

Associate Clinical Professor – A voluntary faculty member may be appointed for up to five years at this renewable rank. Promotion to this rank is typically considered only after at least two terms at the level of Assistant Clinical Professor and with a review of performance at that rank. Faculty who are new appointments to the Department will be considered for this rank based on meeting the other requirements for this rank. Active participation in programs within the Department or an affiliated institution is mandatory. A successful candidate for this academic rank must be directly involved in the educational and/or research mission of the Department. Peer recognition at both the local and regional level is expected. It is anticipated that a successful candidate for this academic rank will contribute a minimum of 40 points for one year, as defined by Community Faculty Criteria (see below).

This rank may be considered for the person who has achieved recognition of his/her outstanding scholarship and sustained contribution to academic life, especially teaching, documented in a least one of the following ways:

  1. evidence of a high level of educational commitment and achievement as well as recognition by peers as an outstanding clinician, or
  2. publication or substantial contribution to his/her respective discipline.

Appointment or promotion to this rank requires letters of recommendation from 2 or more individuals in the appropriate field outside of Yale and 2 or more letters from Yale faculty, each at either the level of Associate Professor or Professor. In addition to departmental review, appointment or promotion to this rank requires approval by the Term Appointments and Promotions Committee of the School of Medicine.

Prior to reappointment, each voluntary faculty member should be carefully reviewed by the member’s immediate supervisor to consider quantity and quality of activities. Documentation of these activities and appropriate forms should be completed and submitted to the Chair of the Community Faculty Committee within the time frame required by the committee.

Clinical Professor – A voluntary faculty member may be appointed for up to five years at this renewable rank. Promotion to this rank is typically considered only after at least two terms at the level of Associate Clinical Professor and with a review of performance at that rank. Faculty who are new appointments to the Department will be considered for this rank based on meeting the other requirements for this rank. This position is reserved for nationally distinguished clinicians, teachers, investigators and/or administrators. It is anticipated that a successful candidate for this academic rank will contribute a minimum of 40 points for one year, as defined by Community Faculty Criteria (see below).

A successful candidate for this academic rank will have evidenced a commitment of longstanding excellence and achievement as an educator, scholar and clinician.  Scholarship and sustained contributions to academic life must be documented in both of the following ways:

  1. publication or substantial contribution to his/her respective discipline, and
  2. exemplary teaching activities and well-recognized clinical expertise.

Appointment or promotion to this rank requires letters of recommendation from 4 or more individuals in the appropriate field outside of Yale and 2 or more letters from Yale faculty, all at the Professor level. In addition to departmental review, appointment or promotion to this rank requires approval by the Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee and the Board of Permanent Officers of the School of Medicine.

Prior to reappointment, each voluntary faculty member should be carefully reviewed by the member’s immediate supervisor to consider quantity and quality of activities. Documentation of these activities and appropriate forms should be completed and submitted to the Chair of the Community Faculty Committee within the time frame required by the committee.

Paid Compensation

Voluntary faculty members may be compensated for clinical service, but

  1. community faculty rank creates no entitlement to compensation for clinical service;
  2. such compensation is not related to the community faculty appointment;
  3. such compensation must be set out in a separate agreement between Yale University and the faculty member.

Termination

Reappointment at any rank is not automatic and termination of appointment may be recommended.

Throughout the academic year, medical students, trainees, residents, fellows, and full-time faculty will evaluate the community faculty member’s teaching ability and contributions to the Department. At the close of every academic year, the Community Faculty Committee will determine whether the voluntary faculty member has met the criteria for commitment to the Department as described above. Upon one year’s notice, the Chair of the department may terminate the appointment of any voluntary faculty member, regardless of the length of the faculty member’s term, if:

  1. in the opinion of the Community Faculty Committee, the faculty member’s teaching is inadequate;
  2. the faculty member fails to demonstrate sufficient commitment to the Department as indicated by a failure to serve the required contributions; or
  3. the needs or priorities of the Department change.

Secondary Appointments

Secondary appointments will be considered for community faculty whose contributions involve more than one department. Appointments at other academic institutions will be permitted only if the Department Chair determines that the second appointment does not interfere with the voluntary faculty member’s obligation to the Yale School of Medicine.

Use of “Yale” Name

Yale voluntary faculty may list their Yale faculty rank and affiliation on their business correspondence and business cards beneath their name. Their Yale rank and affiliation may be used in relation to non-commercial medical activities, but not in connection with any commercial venture, commercial promotion, or commercial advertising without the express written permission of the Department Chair, the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and the Dean. Voluntary faculty are not permitted to use “Yale University”, “Yale School of Medicine”, or any Yale marks as a banner on letterhead, business cards, professional correspondence, or advertisements.

Community Faculty Appointments for Individuals Also Appointed at Other Institutions

Usually individuals with faculty positions at other institutions seeking an appointment at Yale are appointed as adjunct faculty at a rank commensurate with their rank in their primary institution (see description of adjunct faculty rank in the faculty handbook http://www.yale.edu/provost/handbook/handbook_iv__faculty_ranks__appointments.html#T22 ).  However, in specific instances when approved by the tenured faculty of the Center, an individual holding an academic appointment at another national or international institution may hold a community faculty appointment in the Center provided he/she is able to participate in teaching activities in the Center and to actively contribute to the Center’s clinical scholarship and educational mission.  As defined above, it is anticipated that individuals with appointments at other institutions who also hold a community faculty appointment in the Center will contribute a minimum of 40 points for one year, as defined by Community Faculty Criteria (see below).

Click here for the Community Faculty Criteria Form