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. Their teaching is usually at the graduate level, particularly in the fields of medicine and dentristry, where local clinicians may volunteer on a part-time basis.[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]

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
  • 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.