Most of our new faculty apply for an initial appointment as a clinical instructor or assistant clinical professor. Based on your prior academic experience, you may be eligible to apply for an associate or full professor title.

  • Clinical Instructor – Physicians who are new to academic medicine and their level of involvement is infrequent or unknown. Fellows who are involved in teaching outside their fellowship program may apply for this title. As experience and involvement increase, transitioning to an assistant clinical professor title is possible.
  • Assistant Clinical Professor – Physicians who are new to academic medicine and their level of involvement will be frequent or have previously held as assistant professor title.

There are some titles that have different requirements.

  • Clinical Scholar – Clinicians who are actively engaged in research and scholarship while teaching in a clinical setting.
  • Professor of Practice – Professionals who hold a doctorate-level degree and are teaching in an area outside their specialty.
  • Research – Applicants actively involved in a primarily research-based role. Typically, this will be the track for most of our PhD applicants.
  • Specialty Instructor – Health care professionals who do not hold a doctorate-level degree, but they are involved in medical education with our students, residents or fellows. Examples might include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other specialty degrees.

For more information on what is expected, review our Criteria for Track and Rank.

When you’re ready to apply, complete the online faculty application. If you have questions about which rank or track are appropriate, contact your department chair or faculty coordinator.

Eligibility for senior title (associate or full professor) is primarily based on the number of years at a previous rank, but also incorporates scholarship, research and publication activity as considerations.

In general, one must have at least six years of experience at a previous rank for each step of promotion:

  • Assistant Professor.
    • Associate Professor.
      • Professor.

Review the Criteria for Track and Rank to determine if you meet the criteria for a senior rank. If you are unsure, discuss the appropriate rank with your department chair.

To be eligible for teaching faculty title, applicants must be involved or scheduled to be involved in the mission of the college, including the teaching of our medical students, residents or fellows. Review our faculty expectations for more information.

If you are not involved, but are interested in applying for faculty title, you will need to get involved first. We recommend learning about the various teaching opportunities that may be available on campus and at your clinical site. We must be able to verify your involvement before we can process a faculty title application.

If you are not involved in teaching, but you need a faculty title for the purposes of credentialing at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, send your current CV and preferred email address to @email or your faculty coordinator. In the email, indicate that you are requesting a faculty physician (non-teaching) title.

On average, we find that the application process for a teaching faculty title can take around two (2) to three months (3) to complete if applying for a junior rank (instructor or assistant professor) and three (3) to five (5) months if applying for a senior rank (associate or full professor).

The two most time-consuming steps in the application process are requesting letters of recommendation and verifying your involvement with UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. To ensure these do not become substantial roadblocks, we encourage you to notify your requested letter writers and/or person who can verify your involvement (e.g., clerkship, site or program directors) before you submit your application.

Another stage that can vary is the department and college review process. In this step, the time to complete the review will depend on the frequency of the department's review committee meetings and availability on the agenda. Some departments only meet if they have applications to review; others may have recurring scheduled meetings.

Finally, the last stage — creating your UArizona NetID and accepting your title in the UAccess system — is entirely dependent on your timetable for these items. It is important to note that if you do not accept your title in UAccess, your faculty title with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix will not be active.

A letter of recommendation writer can submit their letter for an application in a few ways. When an application is reviewed and letters are requested, your writer will receive an email that includes a link to view your application and CV online. If they wish to do so, there is a field to upload their letter directly to the application.

If preferred, letter writers can email their letter to your faculty coordinator or to our department.

Letters must be in Word or PDF format. Documents in Pages format, OpenOffice or images will be returned. It is preferred that letters be on letterhead and include a signature.

Once your faculty title has received preliminary approval from the Faculty Affairs dean, you will receive three emails from with an ID number and PIN. These are needed to create a NetID* and password.

Once you've received these emails and have your ID and PIN numbers ready, a NetID can be created at

You will also need to setup NetID+. This is the two-factor authentication process used when you sign into any University of Arizona site. Sign in and select manage your account to add a device.

*Note: If you have any previous relationship with the University of Arizona and already have a NetID, you will be able to use that to accept your faculty title, instead of creating a new one. You may need to reset your password.

There two ways to reset your password. You will need your EMPLID to reset your password. Contact your faculty coordinator to obtain your EMPLID.

1. Call the 24/7 IT Department at 520-626-8324 and choose option 6. They can walk you through the process over the phone.

2. Reset your password online by following these steps:

  1. Visit UA Net ID.
  2. Click Reset Forgotten/Expired Password.
  3. If you do not have a CatCard, select the Click Here button next to “If you do not have your Students ID, EMPLID or CatCard Info?”
  4. Enter your EMPLID.
  5. Enter your date of birth.
  6. Click Next.
    • If you receive an error that says your NetID has expired, you will need to call the IT number above.
  7. Provide an answer to the security question you created when you made your NetID.
  8. Create new password.

Once you have a NetID, you can follow the steps below to accept the Designated Campus Colleague (DCC) agreement.

  1. Log onto UAccess Employee.
  2. Enter your NetID and password to access "Campus Colleague Relationships."
  3. On the UAccess Employee page, click on Self Service under the main menu options.
  4. Click on the Campus Colleagues folder and select Campus Colleague Relationships.
  5. Complete your personal information and review the attached agreement (if applicable).  
  6. By selecting Accept button, you are both confirming that you have completed the personal information sections accurately and to the best of your knowledge, you have reviewed any attached agreements and are applying your electronic signature, indicating that you have accepted the terms of the relationship. 

If you have questions about your DCC relationship, contact your faculty coordinator. The relationship must be completed for you to have access to systems and services on campus.

If you require assistance with retrieving your NetID and password, please contact the 24/7 IT Support Center at 520-626-TECH (8324).

**Note: If you have any previous relationship with the University of Arizona and already have a NetID, you will be able to skip this step and proceed to accepting the title in UAccess.**

Faculty have access to the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

A NetID and password are needed to use the online resources, while physical library access is also available with a CatCard. The library is located on the third floor of the Health Sciences Education Building on the campus.

Certain point-of-care resources, like UpToDate and DynaMed, are only available when connected to a campus network or hotspot due to current licensing agreements.

DCC faculty can request an identification badge (CatCard) to use when on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. To start the badge request, contact your faculty coordinator or email our office.

Note: The identification badge is not an access card. Access cards will only be provided to approved faculty with administrative responsibilities for the UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.