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Faculty Handbook


A Message from the President


Dear Colleagues,

At Baylor College of Medicine, faculty members like you are our greatest asset.

That is why we have compiled the policies, procedures and resources of the College in this handbook to help you find the information you need to contribute to our missions of excellence in research, education, patient care and service.

As an academic institution, Baylor highly prizes individual freedom of expression. As an institution with multiple components and constituents, we understand that our individual academic freedoms must always be couched within our commitment to the highest professional standards. The College’s policies are meant to supplement and support the standards of our professions as scientists and healthcare providers.

The nature of our work and the environment in which we function are ever-changing and therefore our policies frequently require adjustments and updating. This web-based handbook is designed to be a guide to the information and resources that support your work here at Baylor.

For questions regarding any of the policies or procedures in this handbook or clarification regarding any apparent contradictions with other information sources at the College, please speak with the leadership of your department, center or school.

As with all Baylor publications and policies, the handbook is subject to periodic revisions. We welcome your feedback. Please send comments or suggestions regarding improvements for future editions of the Faculty Handbook to us at president@bcm.edu and provost@bcm.edu.

Paul Klotman, M.D., President, CEO and Executive Dean


Faculty Responsibilities at Baylor College of Medicine


As expressed in the Compact Between Teachers, Learners and Educational Staff, the moral, ethical and professional behavior of all Baylor personnel is essential to the basic principles of the institution. For faculty members this requires a commitment to:

  • Maintain currency in professional knowledge and skills.
  • Ensure excellence of the educational curriculum.
  • Be a model of professionalism in all interactions with faculty, learners, patients, colleagues, and staff.
  • Respect all faculty, learners, patients, colleagues, and staff as individuals, without regard to gender, age, race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation; and oppose observed disrespect or bias.
  • Nurture learner commitment to achieve personal, family, and professional balance.
  • Recognize and acknowledge expressions of professional attitudes and behaviors as well as the achievement of quantifiable academic excellence.
  • Respond vigorously to unprofessional behavior and indications of abuse or exploitation of faculty, learners, patients, colleagues, or staff.
  • Create a safe environment in which faculty, learners, and staff can communicate any concern about breaches of this compact.
  • Accept responsibility for instilling these attributes in learners and faculty for whom you have responsibility.
  • Avoid conflict of interests, report conflicts that exist and follow Conflict of Interest management plans.
  • Report all outside activities annually.
  • Report mistakes, waste, and all unprofessional behavior when observed.

Designated faculty of the institution additionally have responsibility for the content, quality and effectiveness of the academic programs including admissions, curriculum, review of students’ academic progress and recommendation for conferral of degrees.


Faculty Appointment & Promotion Guidelines


Baylor undertook a significant reexamination and revision of the guidelines for faculty appointments and promotions. These updates resulted in the following:

  • Updated and broader definition of scholarship that is validated by peers and communicated beyond the College.
  • A new "patient care single mission pathway" for clinicians with significant contributions as master clinicians, clinical administrative leaders, contributors to quality and safety, and clinical business innovation
  • Explicit eligibility for academic promotion of a broad range of faculty members with terminal degrees in their fields.
  • New standards for appointment and promotion of voluntary faculty members who work with Baylor learners in clinical settings.
  • New forms of evidence that faculty members may use to demonstrate excellence in areas such as patient safety and healthcare quality, academic leadership and innovation/business development.


See the Guidelines

Faculty Affairs Internal


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