Instructional Faculty

Instructional Faculty

Instructional Faculty Faculty Track -- Volunteer Clinical Faculty

Full Description of Tenure-Ineligible Track:
"Instructional Faculty," i.e. Volunteer Clinical Faculty
(Criteria for Appointment, Promotion, and the Award of Tenure)




A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) with successful completion of a postgraduate training program; ABMS board certification or equivalent (e.g. Royal College) or board eligibility in a clinical discipline or the equivalent for non-M.D. specialists; credentialed by the Clinical Staff office and a major commitment to teaching and clinical service.  A detailed position statement or letter of offer with expectations is critical to establish criteria for promotion.  Time allocation:  100 hours of clinical activity and/or medical education. Protected time for scholarly activity is not required.


Board certification in primary specialty or discipline required.  A minimum of five years of service at the rank of Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia or an equivalent institution. Sustained excellence in meeting expectations of the position statement.

Documented excellence in education:

  • Superior teaching evaluations, documented over a period of five to eight years by standardized assessment measures
  • Documentation of activity as a role model or mentor (i.e., number of students advised); participation as Clinical Performance Development (CPD) small group leader, receipt of an outstanding preceptor award.
  • Demonstration of style, effectiveness, knowledge, compassion, and other characteristics of an excellent practitioner.
  • Participation at the University of Virginia School of Medicine as a visiting professor or guest lecturer; teaching participant in a seminar or workshop; active participation in the course planning, training, or evaluation; successful modification of a curriculum to address special problems or needs of the medical practice or students that enhances the educational experience (i.e., new methods of organizing a practice to include students); publication of reviews, case reports, syllabi or “pearls” to be disseminated on an institutional level or higher
  • Active participation on School of Medicine educational or curriculum committees; participation on a local, state, or national level in professional societies (i.e. program chair for a society); providing consultation, technical assistance, or program evaluation.

Scholarship: Encouraged but not required, unless stated in the position statement.  Scholarship of application and teaching should be documented.

Reputation: Regional recognition as medical educator and supported by letters from internal and external referees.


Promotion to full professor is considered for medical educators at the associate professor rank and whose effort is a minimum of 80% in medical education.  In addition to having demonstrated excellence in medical education, candidates for promotion to full professor must demonstrate a national reputation as a medical educator and significant scholarship in education.