Clinical professor

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Clinical professor, also known as professor of practice, is an academic appointment made to a member of a profession who is associated with a university and engages in practical instruction of professional students.[1] Titles in this category may include clinical instructor, assistant clinical professor, associate clinical professor, and clinical professor.[2] Clinical professorship generally does not offer a "tenure track", but can be either full- or part-time, and is typically noted for its emphasis on practical skills training as opposed to theoretical matters. Thus, most members of such faculty are expected to have considerable practical experience in their respective fields of expertise; unlike with most other faculty, this is deemed at least as important as educational credentials.[2] For administrative purposes, some universities classify such a designation as equivalent to "adjunct professor".[3] Clinical professors may be salaried or may teach as a volunteer.[4]

In the field of medicine, full clinical professors generally work full-time at the medical college and its affiliated hospitals, while assistant clinical professors are part time with their full practice elsewhere, with little involvement in medical education; the assistant clinical professor position may be almost entirely honorary.[5][6] In Canada, doctors who teach are called "preceptors".[7]

Examples of clinical professor[edit]

  • Clinical Professor of Medicine
  • Clinical Professor of Nursing
  • Clinical Professor of Psychology
  • Clinical Professor of Law
  • Clinical Professor of Business
  • Clinical Professor of Economics
  • Clinical Professor of Pharmacy
  • Professor of Professional Practice (various professional fields)


  1. ^ CLINICAL AND ADJUNCT FACULTY APPOINTMENT POLICY Archived December 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Medical College of Georgia Faculty Manual. October 26, 2004.
  2. ^ a b "Clinical professor series: Volunteer series". UCLA Academic Personnel Office. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Professor of Practice" (PDF). University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Classification of Ranks and Titles". Faculty Handbook. Boston University. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  5. ^ "What Makes A "Top" Doctor" (PDF). Castle Connolly. pp. 8–9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 July 2018.
  6. ^ "M.L.B. Medical Adviser Falsifies Resume". March 29, 2005. But he is an assistant clinical professor, a lower-ranking and honorary position that is held by thousands of doctors, a medical college official said.
  7. ^ Mercer, C (28 May 2018). "Family medicine faces shortage of doctors willing to teach". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 190 (21): E666. doi:10.1503/cmaj.109-5604. PMC 5973894. PMID 29807944.