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Faculty Appointments and Service

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The University has rules about faculty appointment to graduate groups. The BGS rules follow. Graduate groups may adopt additional requirements for faculty membership.

Eligibility for graduate group membership

In order to be eligible for appointment to a graduate group, an interested individual must have a University appointment. Research faculty and individuals with a Penn adjunct appointment are eligible for graduate group appointment.

Criteria for membership

Among the BGS graduate groups, there is no uniform set of criteria for graduate group membership. Each graduate group may establish its own criteria for membership. As a minimum requirement, a faculty member recommended for membership in a graduate group must be able and qualified to supervise the thesis research of a graduate student.

Recommendation and confirmation of appointment

Appointment to a graduate group begins with recommendation by the graduate group. The graduate group chair sends his/her recommendation to the BGS Director, along with a copy of the individualís CV or NIH grant style Biographical Sketch and proof of University appointment.

Several times per year, the Director of BGS submits recommendations regarding the appointment of new faculty to the Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine for approval. The approved appointments are reported by BGS to the Office of the Provost via the faculty information system (FIS).

Service requirements for membership in biomedical graduate groups

Each new appointment and reappointment to a BGS graduate group is for a three year term. At the end of each three year term, the individualís service record must be evaluated by the graduate group chair. At the chairís recommendation, the term may be renewed for another three years. In order to qualify for renewal of membership, an individual must meet the service requirements outlined below.

Each graduate group member must complete an average of 50 service hours per year (per graduate group in which s/he is a member) over the three year period. In general, graduate group chairs, training grant principal investigators, and directors of major courses are considered to have automatically fulfilled all but the RCR training service requirements.

Teaching/Academic Committee Service: A minimum of 15 of the 50 hours must be devoted to teaching and/or service on academic committees. Individual graduate groups may require a minimum of up to 25 hours in this category. Teaching is defined to include directing courses, preparing and giving lectures, other course preparation and in-class time, grading, and the like. For lecturers, course preparation time should be counted as equal to the amount of time spent in the classroom. The teaching of courses that have sizable numbers of students in each of the graduate groups to which a faculty member belongs may be applied to the teaching requirement for each of those groups with the approval of each graduate group chair. Academic committee service includes participation in preliminary exam and thesis committees. This service category does not include supervision of a rotation or dissertation student.

Administrative Committee Service/Supervision of Students in the Lab: The remaining hours per year must be performed in areas such as serving on administrative committees (e.g., admissions, curriculum, and seminar committees), and supervising rotations and dissertations.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training: In addition, as a requirement of membership in any and all BGS graduate groups, each faculty member must participate in a RCR training program at least once during each three year term. This requirement may be met by serving as a facilitator of a BGS RCR Workshop; other options for participation include attending any other relevant BGS approved University bioethics courses or symposia. (see https://webdev.med.upenn.edu/contribute/bgs/rcr.shtml)

Graduate groups contact their faculty each summer to collect service data.