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Faculty Appointments

The faculty of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine is responsible for promoting and facilitating the continuum of activities from basic science to clinical science to clinical care, with the goal of using knowledge to enhance the care, prevention, and cure of disease for the population served by the School of Medicine. Appointments to the faculty are based on scholarship, defined inclusively as the acquisition, application, integration, and broad dissemination of knowledge and understanding; the criteria for appointment and promotion are based primarily in the areas of research, teaching, and clinical care, while also recognizing the importance of administrative service and leadership to the mission of the School of Medicine. 

There is no tenure of position, title, or salary in the School of Medicine. The University faculty has approved exemption of School of Medicine faculty from its union.

The following guidelines pertain to the various faculty statuses and titles described within the School of Medicine Faculty Bylaws.

Appointments

  1. Appointments are granted to individuals who are actively involved in the educational program of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.
  2. To apply for appointment to all ranks except for the rank of Instructor, an individual must meet the following criteria:
    1. Show evidence of involvement in the educational program;
    2. Have an affiliation with Northwell Health;
    3. Possess a master's degree or higher.
  3. To apply for the rank of Instructor, an individual must meet the following criteria:
    1. Show evidence of involvement in the educational program;
    2. Have an affiliation with Northwell Health;
    3. Possess a bachelor's degree, however under special circumstances appointments at the level of instructor may be granted, without expectation of promotion, based on technical experience and certification rather than completion of a bachelor's degree;
    4. Provide a letter of support from a supervisor.
  4. The candidate's rank will be laterally transferred from the LCME-accredited medical school at which he/she holds current a faculty position. If the candidate is not currently appointed at an LCME-accredited medical school, the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor will be recommended, depending on the individual's role in the curriculum. If the individual would like to apply for appointment at a higher rank than he/she currently holds, he/she must go through the promotions process.
  5. Requests for appointment should be made through the School of Medicine department chair.
  6. The Office of Faculty Affairs will review the appointment request and submit it to the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs when the following application materials are received from the department on behalf of the candidate:
    1. Candidate's curriculum vitae (CV guidelines);
    2. Appointment form signed by the department chair;
    3. Signed Consent to Release Information Form;
    4. Signed Faculty Responsibilities Form.
  7. New faculty members may expect to receive a letter from the School of Medicine confirming their appointment 3-6 months after receipt of the completed application packet described above.

Term at Rank

There is a three-year minimum service at any given rank before a faculty member may apply for promotion. This service may be at the School of Medicine or at any US-accredited university or LCME-accredited medical school prior to appointment at the School.

Full-time

The academic titles for a full-time faculty member are Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor of Department (e.g., Assistant Professor of Department). Individuals with one of these titles must be employed full-time by either Hofstra University or Northwell Health; this group may also include those employed full time by an affiliate of Northwell.  All individuals with an academic title have research, teaching, clinical care and/or administrative service/leadership as their primary commitment to the mission of the School. All full-time faculty members at a given academic rank have the same titles, regardless of the kind of activity, their location, or the nature of their financial support. The criteria for appointment reflects the importance of the different kinds of academic activity required to accomplish the goals of the School of Medicine. Each appointee is recommended for initial evaluation by the head of the appointing department, the Medical Director of an affiliated hospital, or School of Medicine leadership. The head of the appointing department recommends each subsequent reappointment.

Voluntary

The academic titles for a voluntary faculty member are Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, or Clinical Professor of Department (e.g., Clinical Assistant Professor of Department). Individuals with one of these titles are not employed full-time by either Hofstra University or the Northwell Health. They contribute to the academic programs of the School of Medicine, but have a major commitment to professional activity apart from the academic programs of the School of Medicine and its affiliated institutions. Each appointee initially is recommended for evaluation either by the Medical Director of an-affiliated hospital or by the head of the appointing department. The head of the appointing department recommends each subsequent reappointment.

Adjunct

The academic titles for an adjunct faculty member are Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, or Adjunct Professor of Department (e.g., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Department). Individuals with one of these titles have primary faculty appointments at other medical schools, but actively teach students in the School of Medicine. Each appointee is recommended for evaluation by the head of the appointing department initially and at each subsequent reappointment.

Visiting

Visiting faculty members are scholars visiting the School of Medicine for teaching, learning, and/or research for variable periods. The academic titles for a visiting faculty member are Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, or Visiting Professor of Department (e.g., Visiting Assistant Professor of Department). These individuals receive appointments for up to one year at the rank equivalent to that of their home institution. Ordinarily, appointments are renewed only once. Appointments to a School of Medicine faculty position following a visiting appointment must be in compliance with the usual procedures for a first appointment in the School.

Emeritus

The academic title for an emeritus faculty member is Emeritus Professor of Department. Individuals with this status have a history of contributions to the School of Medicine and have retired at the rank of Professor from their professional activities, but maintain an active teaching role.