Committee on Public Health Faculty Appointments (PHFA)

2017-2018 PHFA Membership

Nancy Barnett, PhD 

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Kristina Jackson, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Karl Kelsey, MD

Professor of Epidemiology

Michael Mello, MD

Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice

Patrick Vivier, MD, PhD

Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice

David Lindstrom, PhD

Professor of Sociology

Peter Monti, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Linda Resnik, PhD

Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice

Christopher Schmid, PhD

Professor of Biostatistics

PHFA Charge-Approved July 1, 2017 by University Faculty.  Please see the Faculty Rules & Regulations for further information.

Committee on Public Health Faculty Appointments (PHFA)

1. Charge and overview of procedure

The Committee on Public Health Faculty Appointments (PHFA) is responsible for the review of recommendations for non-tenure-track, senior level appointments and promotions for Brown School of Public Health faculty. “Senior-level” is defined as faculty who will be promoted to, or appointed at, the ranks of Associate and Full Professor, in non-tenure tracks. The titles of these faculty may be modified by a prefix or a suffix. PHFA has the responsibility of ensuring that these appointments and promotions are done in accordance with the academic standards of the Brown School of Public Health and its respective Departments. Tenure-track and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Distinguished Senior Lecturer actions will continue to be processed through the Tenure, Promotions, and Appointments Committee (TPAC).

Appointments and promotions of senior faculty are reviewed by departmental promotions committees, composed of senior faculty using the standards and criteria approved by the respective department. Department recommendations for appointment and promotion of senior faculty are presented to PHFA by the department chair or his/her representative. PHFA will review recommendations for appointment and promotion of associate professors and professors. After review by PHFA, the recommendations of PHFA are forwarded to the Dean of Public Health.

The Dean of Public Health will make her/his recommendation to the Provost. The Provost will in turn make his/her recommendation to the President and Corporation, if their action is necessary. The authority and responsibility of PHFA is therefore comparable to the Committee on Medical Faculty Appointments (CMFA) in the Division of Biology and Medicine

The specific actions which will require review by PHFA are:

a. Initial appointments at the ranks of non-tenure-track Associate Professor and Full Professor prefixed by “Clinical” or suffixed by “(Research)” or “(Clinical),” and at the rank of associate or full “Professor of the Practice.” Promotions to the ranks of Associate Professor and Full Professor, prefixed by “Clinical” or suffixed by “(Research)” or “(Clinical),” and at the rank of associate or full “Professor of the Practice.”

b. All negative departmental recommendations for reappointment at the faculty ranks of Associate Professor or Full Professor, if review is requested by the candidate or the Dean of Public Health, except that such review may be precluded if the employing entity has previously indicated its intention to terminate the employment of the candidate.

c. All negative departmental recommendations for promotion to Associate Professor or Full Professor, if requested by the department chair or the candidate or the Dean of Public Health.

The PHFA will not ordinarily review appointments and reappointments of junior level, full-time faculty, that is, Instructors or Assistant Professors, Clinical faculty, Visiting and Adjunct faculty (any rank), Lecturers, Research Associates, Teaching Associates, Investigators, Senior Investigators or Emeritus faculty. However, any recommendation by a Department may be reviewed by the PHFA at the request of the President, the Provost, the Dean of Public Health, the department chair, the candidate or a majority of the members of PHFA.

In its review the PHFA will give due weight to the statements and evidence submitted by the department putting forward the recommendation, including evidence submitted by the individual under review. The Committee is guided by standards and criteria approved by the respective departments in the School of Public Health. The PHFA may request additional documentation from the candidate and/or the department. The PHFA review shall include consideration of the procedures followed by the department, evaluation of qualifications of the candidate and determination of whether the candidate meets the educational and research standards for faculty in the Brown School of Public Health. In its advisory capacity, the PHFA may either endorse the Departmental recommendation or make a recommendation of its own to the Dean of Public Health.

2. Membership

There shall be eight (8) voting members: Six (6) faculty members from the School of Public Health; one (1) faculty member from the Division of Biology and Medicine; and one (1) faculty member from Departments reporting to the Dean of the Faculty. The Dean of Public Health may attend PHFA meetings, but cannot vote.

All faculty members will have the rank of Full Professor. Committee members shall represent the tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty [(Research), Teacher Scholar, Research Scholar, Clinical Voluntary]. Each of the Public Health Departments must be represented on PHFA. Department chairs are not eligible to serve on the PHFA.

Nominations for the Public Health seats will be made by the department chairs in consultation with center/institute directors, and representatives to PHFA will be elected by the School of Public Health’s voting faculty (composed of all faculty with a primary appointment in public health regardless of type of appointment).

The School of Public Health Executive Committee will work with the Division of Biology and Medicine and the faculty’s Committee on Nominations to identify and solicit the potential PHFA members from outside the School. The Division of Biology and Medicine representative and the general University representative will be elected, respectively, by ballot through the Division of Biology and Medicine and through the Office of Faculty Governance.

Faculty members shall ordinarily be elected to serve staggered three-year terms. Faculty can be re-elected to PHFA after having been off the Committee for at least one year.

The PHFA will be chaired the Associate Dean of Public Health for Academic Affairs, as a non-voting member. In the absence of the PHFA Chair, a chair pro-tem will be designated from among the Brown School of Public Health faculty members.

3. Organization

The Chair shall report the recommendations of PHFA to the Dean of Public Health on behalf of the Committee along with the dossier and minutes that include a review of the discussion.

The Dean Public Health will report to the Provost with recommendations for action, taking into account the recommendations of the PHFA.

The Provost will review and report recommendations for action to the President and the Corporation.