The Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs serves as a faculty advisor and works to promote an academic environment that supports, enhances, and rewards the activities of all School of Medicine (SOM) faculty, whether located on campus, throughout the United States, or around the world. This office plays a key role in guiding the SOM’s medical education programs and substantially shapes USU’s approach to LCME accreditation and the production of outstanding physician-leaders for the Military Health System and the Public Health Service. We provide an advocate in the Dean's Office to serve all the faculty of the SOM.

We provide and oversee the following faculty opportunities:

  • Dean's Fellows Program
  • Dean's Faculty Teaching Awards
  • Faculty Development
  • Faculty Promotion Process
  • Individual Mentoring
  • New Faculty Orientation


Around the School

Each year the Dean’s Advisory Committee selects faculty members for the awards based on their outstanding performance as educators during the preceding academic year. This year four faculty members have been recognized for excellence in teaching by Dean (Dr.) Arthur Kellermann.

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Vincent Ho, M.D., professor chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and chief of Radiology Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), has been named as The Geneva Foundation’s Researcher of the Year based on Ho’s research quality, dissemination, mentorship, innovation, collaboration and impact.

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The Silver Snoopy Award, presented by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program, is given to the agency’s employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety and mission success. The Silver Snoopy Award was presented to Army Col. (Dr.) Richard Scheuring, an associate professor in USU’s Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, who is a flight surgeon at NASA.

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Faculty appointments are awarded to those who both routinely and on occasion teach our students. For faculty who do not have routinely scheduled involvement with USU, School of Medicine (SOM) teaching programs, a modified academic appointment with the prefix "Adjunct" is assigned at the academic rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. 

If you are new to teaching our students, and don’t yet have a faculty appointment, you may apply for one through the Online Faculty Appointment System. The online system is for modified and unmodified titles at the Instructor and Assistant Professor levels.  A Single Sign-On (SSO) account is required to access this site.  Please contact Thomas McFate thomas.mcfate@usuhs.edu to request a SSO account.  To apply for a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, or for general questions about SOM faculty appointments, including eligibility, please contact your sponsoring department.

faculty promotions 

Each faculty rank has specific qualifying criteria for promotion to the next academic level. In general, the criteria involves teaching scholarship, professional service, time-in-grade, publications, and research, based on the title and rank of the promotion. Faculty requesting a promotion in faculty rank undergo a rigorous vetting process at both the departmental level, and at the university level. In general terms, one must be at the Assistant Professor level for 4-6 years before requesting promotion to Associate Professor, and at the Associate Professor level at least 6 years to apply for a faculty rank of Professor.  Promotions are governed by the guidelines found in University Instruction 1100a.

While no specific CV format is required, we suggest using the AAMC CV format as a guide.  The template may be found on this page AAMC CV template

Additional information concerning employment opportunities are available on the Civilian Human Resources page found here Civilian Human Resources


Any faculty member may access our faculty development resources, register for classes and track their work towards a Faculty Development Certificate.  A SSO account is required to access this site.  Please contact Thomas McFate thomas.mcfate@usuhs.edu with any questions about obtaining an SSO account or accessing the site.  More information regarding our Faculty Development Program may be found at the resources link below.