Thank you for your interest in becoming a faculty member at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to start the process by contacting the appropriate department chair or program chief to discuss your interests and the faculty appointment process. Department and program information can be accessed by selecting a department or program on the left side of this page.
There are four faculty tracks: unmodified, clinical, research, and community. The unmodified track is for faculty who are employed by the medical school. If you are not employed by the medical school the track is based on your primary role as a healthcare provider, researcher, or with other responsibilities.
There are three faculty classifications within each track: core, adjunct, and emeritus. If the medical school will be your primary faculty appointment, the appointment is in the core track. If you already have a faculty appointment at another institution, the appointment is generally in the adjunct track. Emeritus is an honorary title for selected faculty who have retired from the medical school.
There are four ranks within each track and classification: instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor.
Appointment standards are defined for each track, classification, and rank. The Office of Faculty Affairs will determine the track and classification during the application process. The chair recommends for the ranks of instructor and assistant professor, and the chair and the Appointment and Promotion Committee recommend for the ranks of associate professor and professor. The faculty appointment process is described in Section V of the Faculty Handbook.
To be considered for a faculty position, you must agree to abide by the Faculty Handbook and all medical school policies, and must conduct yourself in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct, which states professional standards and proscribed conduct, and the Educational Pledge.
The faculty appointment process takes approximately four months and includes yourself, the department chair, department Appointment and Promotion Committee, medical school Appointment and Promotion Committee, associate dean for Faculty Affairs, dean, and the Board of Directors. Questions during the process should be directed to the department chair or program chief, or the associate dean for Faculty Affairs at 269.337.4502 or email FacultyAffairs@med.wmich.edu.
The process formally begins with your completing the Application For Faculty Appointment, which you can access here. The new online application tool will require that you create a log-in, which will allow you to check on your application’s progress at any point in the approval process. Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you experience any issues or difficulties with the new online system.
The information in the application includes general personal information (eg, date of birth, sex, and citizenship), education, postgraduate training, medical licensure, board certification, privileges, academic appointments, and your areas of interest as a faculty member at the medical school. Aggregated faculty demographic information is required by our accrediting body, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), and is also used for aggregate reporting to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). This information is kept confidential. Because of accreditation needs, we need each faculty member to complete this section of the application. However, each question provides the option to decline to provide an answer.
You or your designee (eg, your administrative assistant) can complete the application, which can be saved in a draft form and submitted when final. Your electronic signature is your attestation that all information provided is complete and accurate.
After review by the Office of Faculty Affairs, your application is forwarded to the appropriate department chair or program chief for review. The department chair or program chief will contact you to further discuss your interests and explore the ways that you want to be engaged with the medical school.
Thank you for your interest in a faculty appointment at WMed. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs at 269.337.4556 or email FacultyAffairs@med.wmich.edu.