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Volunteer Faculty Appointments (to include and supercede Clinical Associate and Senior Clinical Associate) Appointments Subsection: 4.4.4
Section 4.0 - Faculty Policies Originating Date: October 1975
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Executive Council
Revised: August 1998
Revised: January 2004
Revised: January 2009
Reviewed: May 2016
Revised: August 2016

General Position Description

Volunteer Faculty members contribute to the education, research, or service missions of the College of Nursing. They serve as role models for students and colleagues and collaborators with faculty. They bring important perspectives to the College of Nursing through their expertise and accomplishments.

Volunteer Faculty appointments will be at the rank of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor and may be named a Clinical or Senior Clinical Associate.

Volunteer Faculty appointed as Clinical Associate or Senior Clinical Associate have primary responsibilities in clinical settings in which the College of Nursing places students for learning experiences, and they participate in various aspects of the academic programs of the College of Nursing. Appointees abide by the philosophy and procedures of the College of Nursing while participating in these activities.

The Clinical Associate is a role model for students, demonstrating one or both of the following elements: (1) complexity and subspecialization of nursing practice, and (2) new and expanded roles. The Clinical Associate identifies (in collaboration with faculty) specific learning experiences for students and communicates this information to persons in the setting in which he/she is employed.

The Senior Clinical Associate serves in a leadership capacity as liaison between the College of Nursing and the clinical setting with regard to such senior level activities as policy development, collaboration and development of partnerships, facilitation of the College’s strategic plan, and other programmatic activities. Typically this individual serves in the top nursing leadership position in his/her agency.

Privileges and opportunities for Volunteer Faculty at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor rank include one or more of the below. Volunteer faculty requesting to work with graduate students will be required to meet the requirements for graduate faculty status.

  • Participation in activities of nursing education to include, but not limited to, didactic teaching, membership on supervisory committee or working with DNP students on scholarly projects.
  • Assistance and support as available for research, if working collaboratively with faculty.
  • Sharing of knowledge.
  • Input into curricular issues.
  • Closer collaboration between practice and education.
  • Academic recognition for nursing expertise.

Educational Qualification

For Instructor, Clinical Associate or Senior Clinical Associate, a master’s degree is required, or at the discretion of the Dean. A master's degree in nursing is preferred.

For Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor, a terminal degree in nursing is required, or at the discretion of the Dean.

Individuals with proper credentials may be put forward to be considered for graduate faculty status.

Appointment Process

  1. A letter of request is submitted by the individual faculty or a CON faculty member to the appropriate Division Assistant Dean identifying strengths and proposed contributions to nursing education. A CV or resume is to accompany the request.
  2. The appropriate College of Nursing Division Assistant Dean, in conjunction with the program director (if applicable) reviews and recommends approval of the request. The request letter and CV or resume is forwarded to the Dean for final approval and appointment.
  3. The Dean’s Office will generate an appointment letter, Volunteer Faculty Agreement and Release form (clinical or non-clinical), Appendix A and Volunteer Faculty Hire form and send to applicant. Upon receipt of signed documents, Dean’s Office staff will enter the appointment into SAP. New appointments will be forwarded to Board of Regents for final approval.

Review Process

A review of the appointment will be conducted every three (3) years (more often if circumstances warrant) by the Division Assistant Dean, program director, specialty coordinator (with recommendations from the team), or faculty who supervise students using the “ Volunteer Faculty Review” form. The review includes verification of licensure, current employment, and faculty recommendation of continuing appointment. The completed review is sent to the Dean’s office for filing.

Forms for Download

Volunteer Faculty Hire Form

Volunteer Faculty Review Form