Professoriate and Clinician Educator Lines

FOR FACULTY (Professoriate + Clinician Educator Lines)


Policies and resources differ among all the faculty lines. These pages are intended to provide information and resources directly to members of the School of Medicine Professoriate and Clinician Educator lines. 

Faculty members in other faculty lines should contact their department faculty affairs administrators or OAA with questions.

For complete definitions of Faculty Lines:

OAA Guide to Faculty Lines in the School of Medicine

The following Stanford campus resources are available to you for professional or personal issues:

• Ombudsperson
• Work Life Office
• Sexual Harassment Policy Office
• Diversity and Access Office
• Faculty and Staff Help Center
• Faculty Development Office
• Director of Faculty Relations, Office of Academic Affairs

Faculty Lines in the School of Medicine:


The Professoriate are faculty members at the School of Medicine who engage in scholarship, clinical care, and teaching that advances basic science and clinical medicine. The Professoriate Faculty are composed of 4 distinct lines:

•  University Tenure Line

•  Medical Center Line

•  Non-Tenure Line - Research

•  Non-Tenure Line - Teaching

Clinician Educators are faculty members at the School of Medicine who engage in clinical care, teaching, administrative and/or scholarly activities that advance clinical medicine.

Clinician Educators (Affiliated) are employed by other institutions that have an affiliation agreement with the School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and/or Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and they provide patient care, teaching, administration, research or other services which advance the missions of SHC.


Emeriti are members of the professoriate who have retired from the university.


Adjunct Clinical Faculty are physicians in private practice who volunteer to teach in the clinical setting.


Instructors are individuals who have completed their postdoctoral training, have interest in an academic career, need more protected time for scholarship, and are in a transition period to a possible future faculty position (at Stanford or elsewhere).


Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty are teaching positions that may be full time or part time; these individuals may or may not also be employed outside Stanford.


Visiting Appointments are visiting scholars, visiting postdoctoral fellows, visiting instructors, visiting faculty. They are individuals from different backgrounds who come to Stanford for short term stays to learn, do research and teach. 


Clinical Scholars are individuals who have a concurrent appointment as a non-ACGME Resident or Fellow.  The Clinical Scholar part time appointment will allow an individual to provide clinical care or clinical teaching, or both, outside the scope of their residency or fellowship training program.