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Adjunct Faculty (Volunteer Faculty Members)

This section applies to faculty members of the College of Medicine who hold “adjunct” appointments and are not employed by The Pennsylvania State University or by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

“Adjunct” appointments are for physicians who perform educational or research services for the College of Medicine without remuneration and for basic scientists who perform educational or research services without remuneration.

When an individual is appointed as an “adjunct” faculty member, the determination of rank is based on prior academic experience and credentials in the academic areas of teaching, research, patient care, and service as described above in Section II. If the individual has held no prior academic appointment, the initial appointment typically will be at the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor. The nominating Department Chair may wish to provide information to supplement the CV in cases where the CV does not fully reflect prior teaching or other academic experience or scholarship. Documentation of Board certification is required for physicians.

To request a new appointment, the Department Chair provides a nomination letter to the Office of Faculty Affairs by emailing, specifying the activities (teaching, research, or both) the adjunct faculty member will be engaged in and the requested rank. The letter must be accompanied by a current CV and evidence of board certification (for physicians).