About the Part-Time Faculty

As of 2023, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine included 1,776 part-time faculty, representing approximately one-third of the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Many of the part-time faculty are community-based clinicians who support our school’s teaching and clinical care missions. A substantial number share in research, administrative and program-building collaborations, and many former and emeritus faculty maintain connections with the school of medicine as members of the part-time faculty.

The Department of Medicine has the largest number of part-time faculty, followed by pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology and surgery. Each of these departments is responsible for determining appointments and re-appointments. At a minimum, each part-time faculty member is expected to contribute 20 hours per year of active participation in mission work for the department and the school of medicine through teaching, research, administrative activities or other work deemed appropriate by the department.

Additional recommendations include participation in mentoring and quality assurance, abiding by policies and standards of the school of medicine, and maintaining credentials if appropriate based on their role.

A chart showing the number of part-time faculty in the departments.View larger version of graph

Advisory Board

The Part-time Faculty Advisory Board (PTFAB) was established in 2010 to continue discussion, advocacy and representation for issues involving the part-time faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The primary goals of the PTFAB are to:

  1. Represent the Part-Time Faculty and the Dean's office.
  2. Foster communication and advocacy between the Part-Time Faculty and their departments.
  3. Promote engagement of the Part-Time Faculty in teaching, research, and patient care missions of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  4. Promote Advocacy, Communication, and Engagement (ACE) between the Part-Time Faculty and School of Medicine related to clinical access, patient services, and communications.

Membership on the PTFAB should be representative of the part-time faculty and their departments. Nominations for membership may be made by department chairs, division directors, the vice dean for faculty, and the assistant dean for part-time faculty. Nominees should be able to represent their departments for at least two years, must be willing to participate in quarterly meetings, communicate consistently with their chairs or directors, and represent the interests of their department and division on the PTFAB.

The PTFAB includes administrative and ad-hoc members, including agents of the school of medicine with ongoing interests in developing the part-time and community-based faculty, and may include marketing and communications, hospital staff offices and the legal department. Others may be invited as needed to address specific issues.

The PTFAB meets virtually on a quarterly basis to recognize that PTFAB members are often far from campus.

Advisory Board Administration

  • Maura McGuire, M.D., Assistant Dean for Part-time Faculty (Chair)
  • Kelly Cotton, MBA, Office of Part Time Faculty Administrator

Advisory Board Members

Ex Officio Members

Faculty Senate Representatives

Our Mission Pillars

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Part-time faculty may engage in the mission through the same core processes as full-time faculty. As referenced in the Blue Book, considerations for the appointment or promotion of part-time faculty involves increased focus on clinical activities, teaching and service. As discussed in the Silver Book, reputation beyond the school of medicine and evidence of creative scholarship in research, education, clinical distinction, program-building and service are considered in the promotion process, and constitute pillars of membership in the part-time faculty.

Faculty Development, Appointments & Promotions

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To support our tripartite mission of research, education and clinical care, the School of Medicine supports two academic promotions tracks. The traditional Academic Scholarship track is designed to recognize and advance the careers of individuals who focus primarily on research, discovery and peer-reviewed publication. The Clinical Excellence Promotion Track, which became active in 2019, is designed to recognize, reward, and advance the careers of faculty whose primary academic focus, professional effort, and time commitment is the delivery and teaching of clinically excellent patient care. In 2022 the School of Medicine adopted a more diverse set of criteria recognizing scholarship and leadership roles for the rank of assistant professor. Part time faculty may participate in faculty development opportunities to support their progression and growth as Hopkins faculty. Please see here for more information on our academic promotions tracks and process.

Visit the Office of Faculty Development