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Contributed Services Faculty

Historically, FSM granted contributed services faculty appointments, but no longer grants new appointments of this type. However, those who were initially appointed as contributed services faculty retain those appointments and are eligible for promotion. Contributed services faculty members are appointed to the Clinician-Educator track. They are clinical practitioners who typically are in the private practice of medicine and practice within the McGaw Medical Center. Contributed services faculty members contribute to the academic mission of the medical school without compensation by teaching medical students, residents, and fellows and performing other activities. Departments provide expectations for contributions to the academic mission by contributed services faculty.

Contributed Services Faculty Ranks

  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Clinical Professor

 New Appointment

The Feinberg School of Medicine no longer grants new contributed services faculty appointments.  
Health System Clinician appointments replace contributed services faculty appointments.

 Reappointment

Appointment terms for contributed services faculty always end on August 31 of a given year, with reappointments taking effect on September 1.  Faculty whose appointment terms end on August 31 are reappointed together as part of an annual batch process. View our Annual Reappointment Process page for details.

 Promotion

Contributed services faculty are eligible for promotion as part of the annual promotion and tenure process.

 Change Appointment Basis

The basis for contributed services faculty appointments is always unpaid.  A change in basis is not possible without also changing the category of the faculty appointment.

 Change Appointment Category

If proposing a change to an existing faculty member's category of appointment, please do the following:

  • Navigate to the webpage describing the intended faculty appointment category
  • Follow the New Appointment process/checklist

 Apply for Tuition Benefit

Contributed services faculty may receive reduced undergraduate tuition for their dependents (children and spouse) if they attend Northwestern University.  To be eligible for this benefit, a contributed services faculty member must have taught for at least 78 hours per year for at least the last 5 consecutive years at the time of applying for the benefit.  The teaching should be for the Feinberg School of Medicine and not on the private patients of the faculty member. 

The tuition benefit cannot be transferred to cover tuition at other universities, and the contributed services faculty member is not eligible for reduced tuition for his/her own education at Northwestern University.

To apply for this benefit, contributed services faculty must submit the most current Dependent Reduced Tuition Plan Application and the Tuition Rebate Form signed by the Department Chair.  To obtain these forms and for questions about this benefit, please contact:

Gail Rosenblum
g-rosenblum@northwestern.edu 
Phone: 312.503.2878

 Termination
Involuntary departure initiated by the department

NOTE: Contributed services faculty must receive advance written notice from the Department Chair that the appointment will not be renewed.
          - Faculty in one-year appointment terms must receive 4 months' advance notice
          - Faculty in three-year appointment terms must receive 1 year's advance notice

To process a termination after providing advance notice to the faculty member, submit paper copies of the following documents to the Faculty Affairs Office:

  • Faculty Departure Checklist
  • Position Data / Appointment Forms, printed from myHR and updated
  • Copy of written notification provided to faculty member

 Resignation
Voluntary departure initiated by faculty member

Submit paper copies of the following documents to the Faculty Affairs Office:

  • Faculty Departure Checklist
  • Position Data / Appointment Forms, printed from myHR and updated
  • Faculty member's letter of resignation (optional)

 Retirement, retaining netID, Wildcard, and email address
Eligible at 55 years of age

Submit paper copies of the following documents to the Faculty Affairs Office:

 

 Retirement, relinquishing netID, Wildcard, and email address
Eligible at 55 years of age

Submit paper copies of the following documents to the Faculty Affairs Office:

  • Faculty Departure Checklist
  • Position Data / Appointment Forms, printed from myHR and updated
  • Faculty member's letter of retirement (optional)

 Death

Submit paper copies of the following documents to the Faculty Affairs Office:

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