Academic promotions and appointments for IHPME faculty.

Faculty appointments in IHPME are Adjunct, Status, Cross-Appointed or Visiting Faculty. Faculty involved with IHPME educational programs will also need a School of Graduate Studies appointment — Full, Associate or Restricted. 

Faculty Appointments

Adjunct, Status, Cross-Appointed and Visiting Faculty Appointments

Four types of academic appointments are available via the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation for individuals demonstrating merit and the potential to positively impact the healthcare ecosystem. IHPME seeks faculty committed to building the next generation of healthcare and health system leaders. Applications are accepted anytime.

 

Policy on Appointments of non-FTE Faculty Members

Background

A department or institute is only as strong as its faculty. This is particularly true for the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME) where we are the sum of our full-time, status, clinical cross-appointed, cross-appointed and adjunct faculty members’ individual and collaborative activities. The faculty members of IHPME – regardless of the type of their appointment – join IHPME because they value the scholarly activities within IHPME, they want to collaborate with colleagues and peers within IHPME, and because they support the goals of excellence in health systems scholarship and impact on our health system that define IHPME.

At the same time, appointments to the faculty of a University such as ours are a privilege. In return for this privilege, faculty members commit to the university’s ethical and professional standards and to service within the academic unit(s) where they are appointed. Service can include teaching, supervision and mentorship of students, committee and panel work, and usually some form of scholarship (research or knowledge translation that contributes to the advancement of knowledge at a high level of excellence).

For faculty members whose full-time or part-time employment is within the academic unit supporting their appointment, the level of expected teaching and service is correspondingly higher and is already articulated for IHPME through the Workload Policy and individual contracts. For faculty members who are not primarily employed by IHPME, the expectation of teaching and service is neither consistently nor clearly defined, creating a risk of fragmentation and disengagement across programs.

As the size of programs continues to grow and as these programs require increasingly specialized expertise, IHPME will likely have need of a small cohort of faculty members to teach specific courses, but who do not want to engage otherwise in scholarship or the academic life of IHPME and thus wish compensation for these courses. These sorts of positions are subject to University policies and collective agreements that specify the appropriate method of advertising, hiring, and compensating for these positions. For example, an adjunct faculty member teaching a credit course on a short-term contract basis would be governed by the collective agreement between the University and CUPE 3902, Unit 3. There is also compensation that can be awarded to full-time faculty who are providing greater than expected teaching service. The appropriate level of compensation and criteria for determining whether compensation is appropriate are defined in University policy. There can also be compensation for program leadership roles that is defined on a case-by-case basis through contracts negotiated between the Institute Director and the program leader.

Appointment, Rank and Compensation

Full-time IHPME faculty must satisfy the requirements of the DLSPH Faculty Workload Policy. All program directors, whose primary responsibility is not program direction, will have a contract for their role as program director. These contracts will specify additional obligations, appointment period, and compensation proportionate to workload as program director.

Adjunct, cross-appointed, clinical cross-appointed, and status faculty who wish to participate in the scholarly activities of IHPME (supervising students, sitting on committees) must make a substantial and continued contribution to service to the Institute. This contribution will typically be considered as teaching or co-teaching one half course per year or equivalent but will be at the discretion of the Institute Director in consultation with the Program Director based on current and historical service.

Appointments of status, cross-appointed, and adjunct faculty will be made for duration of 3-5 years. On occasion, adjunct faculty members who are needed to teach but do not otherwise participate in the Institute may be eligible to receive payment for their work according to University Policy. Again, these appointments will be at the appropriate level given scholarly achievement and the appointee’s degree of engagement with IHPME.

Types of IHPME Academic Appointments

Adjunct

Individuals who are employed elsewhere in a position that is not primarily academic in nature, who have special skills or learning of value to a division and who may provide services for which recognition is desirable may be appointed as Adjunct.  Adjunct appointments do not usually carry membership in the School of Graduate Studies but may given when teaching graduate courses or serving on graduate thesis committees. Adjunct appointees are not eligible to be the principal investigator on research funds administered by the University, but may be a co-investigator on a grant held by a full-time or status-only faculty member at the University of Toronto. An Adjunct appointment is titular and does not carry an academic rank; thus, Adjunct appointments are not eligible for promotion under the Policy on Promotions.

Status

Status appointments are non-salaried and normally receive no remuneration from the University of Toronto.  Such appointments are normally made to allow an individual faculty member to participate more fully in an academic unit’s teaching or research program.  Individuals being considered for status positions will normally hold full-time employment arrangements with another institution (i.e., hospital, research institute or another university) with a job description that is primarily academic (research and teaching) in nature. Status appointees are eligible to apply for research grants. The appointing officer must confirm that the institution employing the status faculty member permits the appointment and that the institution will allow the faculty member to fulfil academic responsibilities and cooperate with the University on all matters in the University’s jurisdiction.

Cross-Appointed 

Faculty who hold an academic appointment in another University of Toronto department and are on paid salary in that academic unit, may then hold a cross-appointment in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, which is non-salaried.  This is considered a non-budgetary cross appointment.

Clinical faculty who are employed by a hospital or research institute, as well as appointed in a clinical department, would apply for a status appointment in IHPME.

Visiting Faculty

Faculty from other universities and research institutes who hold continuing appointments in their home institutions may be appointed to the Institute as a Visiting Professor.  Visiting Professors are offered annual appointments.  Visiting appointments do not automatically carry membership in the School of Graduate Studies and do not give the recipient the rights or privileges of teaching graduate courses or of supervising graduate students.  Visiting Professors are not normally eligible to apply for research grants.  Visiting faculty may be appointed to Graduate Departments in accordance with the policies of the School of Graduate Studies.
More details regarding visiting professor academic appointments can be found on the University of Toronto Provost’s website.
Visiting faculty 

School of Graduate Studies Membership

IHPME academic appointments, except for Visiting Professors, carry graduate faculty memberships to the School of Graduate Studies. This allows faculty to teach and supervise students at IHPME and to serve on graduate thesis committees across the university.

Please note that, in IHPME, faculty must sit on 2 MSc thesis committees to completion prior to sole supervision of an IHPME MSc student. Faculty are not eligible for sole supervision of a PhD student unless they have a Full SGS membership and prior sole supervision of an IHPME MSc student to completion.

Details regarding the four types of memberships (Full, Associate, Associate (Restricted), and Emeritus) can be found on the School of Graduate Studies web links below:

Graduate Faculty Memberships (GFM)

GFM Eligibility Guidelines

GFM FAQs

Application Process for Status, Adjunct, Cross-Appointed and Visiting Faculty

Applications for adjunct, cross, status and visiting professor appointments are accepted anytime. These will be reviewed at the IHPME Appointments and Promotions Committee meeting held every other month starting in October. Those interested in an academic appointment in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation you should submit the documentation listed below.

Required Documents

  • Letter of contribution
    • Your letter of contribution to IHPME should include your request for an IHPME appointment and outline your proposed contributions, e.g. intent to be available for teaching opportunities within your fields of expertise and your intent to participate in graduate student supervision and thesis defense.  You should also articulate any current IHPME contributions. It is strongly encouraged that you speak to one of the Program Directors to discuss possible contributions prior to applying.
  • Letter of support from your Department Chair/Director or present employer
  • Letter of support from a relevant IHPME Program Director
  • Reference letters (2) are required from all applicants with the exception of those who are currently employed at another University or those who have an appointment with a UofT Clinical Department.

Appointment
Type

Documentation
Required

CV Letter of Contribution Letter of Support from Chair/Director 
or Employer
Letter of Support from Program Director Reference letters (2)
Adjunct x x x  x
Cross x x  x  x
Status x x x x x (unless employed at another University or UofT Clinical Department)
Visiting x x  x x
Renewal Process for Status, Adjunct, Cross-Appointed and Visiting Faculty
 Application packages for appointment renewal should include the following documents:

  • CV
  • Updated letter of contribution to IHPME
  • Letter of Support from your Department Chair/Director or present employer
Application Submission Information

All applications should be sent to ihpme.appointments@utoronto.ca and addressed to:

Professor Rhonda Cockerill
Acting Director
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
155 College Street, Suite 425
Toronto, ON M5T 3M7

All correspondence must be copied to:  rhonda.cockerill@utoronto.ca

Senior Fellows

Our health system faces an unprecedented demographic challenge. One in five physicians are now over the age of 60 and Canada now has more nurses working at ages greater than 50 than ever before. The Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Senior Fellows Program (the Institute Fellows) will take advantage of the changing demographics in our health system to recruit individuals who have played senior roles in health service and health system management and policy to work in the Institute. They have had professional careers that have gone beyond organizational leadership; from teaching to independent and collaborative research to thought leadership.

With the introduction of the Institute Senior Fellows, Institute faculty and students will be given the opportunity to benefit from the presence of executive talent with recognized health service and system leadership abilities in the areas of academic medicine and health policy relative to the mission of the Institute. The Institute Fellows will be instrumental in improving the links between IHPME and health system policy makers locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Senior Fellow at IHPME

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Promotions

Promotions within University of Toronto acknowledge notable contributions and excellence in academia. This manual provides information on steps involved.

Manuals for Faculty Promotion