Joint Appointments

Tenure-track and fixed-term faculty members in the College of Medicine may be granted joint appointments in another academic department of the College of Medicine.  The procedure is as follows:

  1. The Department Chair of the faculty member’s primary department and the Department Chair of the department in which the joint appointment is requested submits a request for the joint appointment to Dr. Carol Weisman, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.
  2. The request from each Department Chair should state the reason for the joint appointment (e.g., to provide the faculty member with an appointment in a relevant discipline, to formalize ongoing collaborative activities).  The request should also include the effective date.
  3. An updated CV for the faculty member must be attached.
  4. Upon review and approval, the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will notify the faculty member of approval of the joint appointment by letter, with copies to the Department Chairs.

Joint appointments should not be requested prior to the faculty member’s employment at the College of Medicine or Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

If a faculty member in another College within Penn State University wishes to have a joint appointment in an academic department in the College of Medicine (Hershey), a request from the faculty member's primary Department Chair, the individual's CV, as well as approval from the Dean of the faculty member's College, is submitted to the academic Department Chair at Hershey.   The Department Chair at Hershey will review the request, and upon support of the joint appointment, attach his/her request and submit the paperwork to the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.  Approval must be granted by the Dean of both Colleges.

If a faculty member in the College of Medicine wishes to have a joint appointment in an academic department in another College within Penn State University, the faculty member should inquire about the procedure in that particular College.  To process the appointment at Hershey, a request from the proposed joint Department Chair, the individual's CV, as well as approval from the Dean of the joint Department's College, is submitted to the academic  primary Department Chair at Hershey.   The Department Chair at Hershey, upon support of the joint appointment, attach his/her request and submit the paperwork to the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.  Approval must be granted by the Dean of both Colleges.