General Medical Faculty Constitution: 

Article II - Organization

  1. The School of Medicine is an integral part of the Tulane University of Louisiana and one of the professional schools of the Tulane Medical Center.
  1. The faculty of the School of Medicine consists of the President of the University (ex officio), the Senior Vice President of Health Affairs, the Dean, the Vice-Dean, the Associate and Assistant Deans, the Executive Faculty, and the General Medical Faculty.
  1. The major entities shall be Divisions, Centers, Programs, and Departments, each having representation on the Executive Faculty. Administrative heads of Divisions, Centers, and Programs shall be designated as Directors, those of Departments as Chairmen, those of sections as Chiefs, and those of Laboratories and Clinics as Heads.
  1. Divisions, Centers, and Programs are administrative organizations whose concern with medical education, patient care, and/or research involves several Departments or disciplines (example: Division of Postgraduate Medicine, Cancer Center, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program) and whose Directors report to the Dean or the Senior Vice President of Health Affairs.
  1. Departments represent the commonly recognized major disciplines included in conventional undergraduate medical curricula. A department may be organized into sub-units by the Chairman of the Department with the Consent of the Dean.
  1. Sections may be established within or among Divisions or Departments when warranted. Sections are sub-units that have a recognizable functioning program.
  1. Personnel comprising Divisions, Departments, or Sections include:
  1. Faculty members responsible for teaching, patient care, service and/or research.
  1. Staff members, serving in capacities such as administrative or research assistants, secretaries, clerks, technical specialists, and technicians.
  1. Regular Faculty Appointments

There shall be the following regular faculty appointments:

ProfessorAssociate ProfessorAssistant ProfessorInstructor

  1. Certain faculty appointments are denoted by the following prefixes:
  1. Clinical or Adjunct, as a prefix to the rank signifies regular part-time service on the Faculty
  1. Visiting, as a prefix to the faculty rank signifies the status of a faculty member from outside of Tulane University, when the appointment is either temporary or intermittent.
  1. Research indicates that the faculty member is primarily engaged in research activity.
  1. Emeritus may be recommended, at the discretion of the Executive Faculty, as a mark of recognition of a faculty member retiring by reason of age or health. If the faculty does not meet the criteria to be designated as "Emeritus" upon retirement, the suffix "Retired" will be used when the Executive Faculty wishes to recognize past services.
  1. Special indicates an appointment which neither leads to tenure nor is to be regarded as a probationary appointment that may lead to tenure. The following are examples of special appointments: a prearranged restricted term of service - (a) an appointment as a visiting professor, (b) an appointment for a summer session only, (c) an appointment for a special project, (d) an appointment for a definite time limit, and (e) an appointment concerned with a project for which continued financial salary support is not assured.
  1. Other designations are:

Lecturer signifies that the appointment is temporary, is not fully determined, or is concerned with limited and only occasional teaching. A Lecturer is one who under more regular circumstances would hold the rank of Assistant Professor at the least.

  1. Ordinarily, a faculty member is formally associated with a single department and that one only is indicated in his title, notwithstanding that he may participate in the program of other departments; such participation alone does not justify concurrent appointment in more than one department. (Examples: extra-departmental sharing of a research project, contributing occasional "service" to another department, either in the form of teaching or application of specialized knowledge and skill). Dual appointment is justified when:
  1. Responsibilities are truly and substantially divided between two or more clinical and/or pre-clinical departments.
  1. The professional qualifications and duties actually suffice, in the judgment of the Committee on Personnel and Honors, and the Executive Faculty, for independent appointment in each of the departments concerned.

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