List of BMFA Deans and Staff Administrators
Chapter 1. History
Chapter 2. Organization of the Alpert Medical School
Chapter 3. Faculty Affairs
Chapter 4. Organization of AMS Departments
Chapter 5. Medical School Faculty Governance
Chapter 6. Faculty Responsibilities
Chapter 8. Faculty Promotion Tracks
Chapter 9. BMFA Schedule For Processing Actions
Chapter 10. Faculty Recruitment
Chapter 11. Faculty Appointments
Chapter 12. Faculty Reappointments
Chapter 13. Annual Reviews of Faculty
Chapter 14. Faculty Promotion Process
Chapter 15. Guidelines For Faculty File Access
Chapter 16. Postdoctoral Appointments/Reappointments
Chapter 17. House Staff/Fellow Appointments/Reappointments
Chapter 18. Faculty Benefits
Chapter 19. Visa Appointments
Chapter 20. Teaching / Excellence Awards For Clinical Faculty
Chapter 21. Grievance Procedures
Chapter 22. Resources
STATEMENT OF FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES
The purpose of this statement is to describe the general principles that guide research, teaching, clinical care and service by Medical School faculty members and to identify specific responsibilities that are associated with these principles. More specific information may be found in the Faculty Rules and in the Medical School "Core Document Statement of Faculty Organization, Standards and Criteria for Rank." The Handbook on Academic Administration and the Medical School Procedures Manual also contain additional information as well as a description of the procedures used by academic units to assure that these responsibilities are met. Faculty members are urged to consult these documents which are available from the Department Chair or the Office of BioMed Faculty Affairs.
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is part of a University in which scholarship, teaching, and clinical expertise are important obligations of faculty. An appointment to the full-time academic faculty is based on the achievements and promise of an individual as a scholar, a teacher, and a clinician, and carries the commitment to a career in which these activities are fully integrated. Faculty members also are expected to contribute to the governance of the University, the Medical School, the Department and to the Affiliated Hospitals. The final authority on University affairs is the Corporation of Brown University, but the Corporation relies on the faculty to recommend the policies of teaching, research, and governance that define the Medical School and the University. The policies are implemented by the Senior Administration (President, Provost, and Deans) to serve the mutual benefit of the University, Medical School, and the scholarly community.
Although faculty members generally are expected to be equally committed to scholarship, including research, teaching, and clinical excellence, faculty members may, on occasion or in different intervals of their careers, devote considerably more time to one of these activities or to administration or clinical activity. Chairs of Departments and Directors of Institutes, Programs and Centers, in consultation with the Dean and Associate Deans of Medicine, are expected to establish the distribution of research, teaching, and clinical responsibilities for individual faculty members to maximize the effectiveness of the academic unit. Chairs and Directors also are expected to judge the degree to which the faculty members meet their responsibilities, and to make recommendations to the Dean of Medicine. These recommendations may reward faculty members who meet or exceed their responsibilities through reappointment, promotion, salary increase or in some cases tenure. Alternatively, recommendations for faculty who flagrantly or frequently fail to meet their responsibilities may include the denial of reappointment, tenure, promotion, or a reduction of salary or, in extreme cases, suspension or dismissal. Unless exceptions are authorized by the Dean of Medicine, all members of the regular faculty are expected to abide by the principles and fulfill the responsibilities that are included in this statement.
Medical faculty are expected to conduct or collaborate in research, and research scholar faculty are expected to develop independent programs of research that have a major impact on their fields. This research is a requirement for promotion to senior rank in the Research Scholar and (Research) Tracks. Senior members of the faculty are expected to engage in significant research and publication throughout their active careers in accordance with departmental standards. In the event of significant changes in the support or resources for particular scholarly work, the faculty member's need to adjust should be taken into account in the application of these departmental standards. Research Scholar Track faculty are also expected to participate in teaching and clinical service activity within their department. Schedules of clinical service for faculty in the Research Scholar track should allow adequate time to meet the standards and criteria for advancement in that track. All faculty members are expected to be aware of and to conduct their research in conformity with University and hospital policies and the policies of external granting agencies (where applicable) including those on conflict of interest, patent and copyright, misconduct in science and safety.
Faculty in the Teaching Scholar Track and the Clinician Educator track are also expected to participate in scholarly activities, including publications in peer-reviewed journals.
See Chapter 8 for descriptions for requirements in faculty promotion tracks.
All Medical School faculty are expected to strive for excellence in teaching and to participate in the teaching program at Brown throughout the year unless an exception (e.g. Leave of absence) is granted by the Chair and the Dean of Medicine. Faculty in the Teaching Scholar Track are expected to assume a major teaching role, as defined in the standards and criteria for this track. Schedules of clinical services for faculty in the Teaching Scholar Track should allow adequate time to meet the standards and criteria for advancement in that track. The teaching program is comprised of courses and clinical teaching, including types of courses such as lectures, seminars, laboratories, clinical clerkships, electives, and independent studies. Academic advising, including the direction of theses, is an integral part of the teaching program and is expected of all faculty. Specific teaching assignments are set within each individual academic unit, but average teaching loads of academic units are determined in consultation with the Dean of Medicine.
Clinical teaching of medical students and residents occurs continuously both in the hospital and in the community. Faculty in the Teaching and Research Scholar tracks, as well as faculty in the Clinical Voluntary and Clinician Educator tracks, are expected to contribute to clinical teaching.
Brown's philosophy is that students should have the opportunity to study with established as well as developing scholars. All faculty members are expected to teach students at all levels for which their academic units are responsible. Teaching assignments may be related to research interests since teaching and research excellence are interdependent, but faculty members may be expected to teach beyond their fields of specialization as well. Moreover, all faculty members are expected to teach medical students, residents, clinical fellows and continuing medical education as assigned during their careers at Brown. The balancing of teaching assignments is the responsibility of the Chairs or Directors of academic
Faculty members are expected to conduct undergraduate or graduate courses in a manner consistent with the course proposal as approved by the College Curriculum Committee or the Graduate Council. The curriculum of the Medical School requires close oversight by the Medical School Curriculum Committee at the direction of the Dean of Medicine and Associate Dean of Medicine. Changes in scheduled meetings or changes in Medical School course content or pedagogy require approval by the Dean and may require a review by the Medical Curriculum Committee. When faculty members must occasionally miss a class (e.g. to attend a professional meeting, due to illness, or to observe a religious event), they are expected to reschedule that class meeting or to arrange for an appropriate substitute. Teachers are expected to make reasonable accommodations for students identified as having disabilities or students who wish to observe religious holidays. Examinations should not be given to conflict with times in which students in the class have other classes unless such students are given the opportunity to take the exam during an unscheduled interval at a reasonable time for the students. For campus courses, final examinations are to be given only during the interval scheduled by the Registrar. Final grades or written evaluations must be submitted by the dates that are provided by the Registrar or the Dean of Medicine. Additional teaching guidelines are presented in the Handbook of Academic Administration.
Service includes activities that contribute to the department, the hospital unit, the University, the community, and the profession. The faculty plays a central role in decisions about the courses and the curriculum, degrees, appointment, reappointment, tenure and promotion as well as decisions about many other activities that affect the operation of the University. Professional activity through leadership in professional organizations may be credited towards scholarship if the activity is designed to set standards of patient care. Faculty participation in professional activities affects significantly their own development as well as the reputation of the department and the University. All faculty members are expected to perform services that are appropriate to their seniority and the needs of the academic unit.
Medical School faculty have considerable responsibility for patient care at the affiliated hospitals. Clinical responsibilities are assigned by the Chairs of Departments and by service chiefs and Division Directors. Clinical, teaching, and research activities are expected to be distributed in a manner which contributes to the total obligations of the department. Individual faculty must be assured of the opportunity to engage in teaching and research activity. Assurances of opportunities such as designated time commitments for teaching and/or research should be part of each faculty member's expected obligations, under the direction of the Department Chair.
Members of the faculty are normally expected to be available for all appropriate University exercises and faculty members are expected to participate in departmental and University exercises. Faculty members are expected to be available for advising and student supervision. Faculty members are also expected to be readily available to their colleagues for the collegial conduct of University business.
Research, teaching, clinical care and university service are all important activities of regular members of the faculty, and this document describes the principles and the specific responsibilities associated with each. Additional information may also be found in the Faculty Rules, and the Handbook for Academic Administration and the Medical School Policies and Procedures manual. Affiliation Agreements with the hospital should contain information on the provisions for enforcement and grievances related to this statement of responsibilities. Questions about specific responsibilities should be directed to the Chair or Director of an individual faculty member's academic unit or to the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences.