Faculty appointments Without Salary – WOS

These are University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) designated faculty appointments in several academic series with no associated pay. The series include: Volunteer Clinical Professor (VCP), Health Sciences (HS), and Adjunct Faculty titles. The appropriate series will be determined by the Department of Clinical Pharmacy based on the requirements. Appointments in all series are granted to pharmacists and educators who teach students in the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Teaching may be performed at UCSF or the WOS faculty member’s practice site. Appointments in the Adjunct series are also granted to researchers who collaborate with faculty Principal Investigators in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

What are the requirements for a faculty appointment?

General requirements for an appointment in teaching for all series include:

  • Service as an instructor/preceptor for a minimum of 2 UCSF pharmacy students with documented evidence of meeting expectations for teaching/precepting within the curriculum (through course or program director evaluations). Evaluations of teaching activities during postgraduate training are not considered for WOS faculty appointments
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the UCSF School of Pharmacy program (e.g., annually offers experiential rotations, precepts required research projects or participates in the didactic curriculum)
  • Devotes a minimum of 50 hours of teaching per year to the UCSF School of Pharmacy
    • Activities that count towards the 50-hour/year minimum requirement include:
      • Precepting UCSF pharmacy students on IPPE or APPE rotations
      • Small group conference leader
      • Interactive teaching and assessment activities (ITAAs) in didactic coursework (e.g., participation in patient care skills labs, didactic and objective structured clinical exams, etc.)
      • Precepting a research project for an official UCSF course (e.g., discovery project)
    • Activities that do not qualify towards the 50-hour/ year minimum requirement include:
      • Mentoring students
      • CV review
      • Residency applications review
      • Research projects outside of the formal curriculum
      • Teaching/precepting for post-graduate (PGY-1/PGY-2/Fellowship) trainees or non-UCSF students
  • Demonstrates competency as a practitioner and is a good role model for students
    • Example measures include:
      • Completion of a post-graduate residency, fellowship, or equivalent practice experience and/or additional board certifications
      • Documented evidence through teaching evaluations
  • Demonstrates competency as an educator through experience and excellence in teaching
    • Example measures include:
      • Documented evidence through teaching evaluations
        • Experiential appointments: must serve as an IPPE/APPE preceptor for a minimum of 2 students with evidence of meeting expectations for precepting (e.g., program director assessment and student evaluations of teaching)
        • Non-experiential (didactic/research) appointments: must provide a minimum of 50 hours of service to didactic coursework (teaching/assessment) or research-associated teaching in the year preceding the appointment with evidence of meeting expectations for teaching (e.g., course director assessment and student evaluations of teaching)
  • Recipient of UCSF teaching awards
  • Participation in Teach for UCSF program and/or school of Pharmacy Master Preceptor program
  • Complies with all applicable University personnel policies and procedures

Qualifications for an appointment in the VCP faculty series include:

  • California license, and in good standing or a current license in any state and employed by a federal agency
  • VCP requires Teaching, Professional Competence, Scholarly/Creative Activity, and Service

Qualifications for an appointment in the adjunct series for teaching or research include:

  • Terminal degree in your field of expertise
  • Excellence in at least one and preferably more than one category including Research,Teaching, Service, Professional Competence.
  • Teaching as described in the general teaching requirements or current and ongoing participation in research activities associated with faculty Principal Investigators in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy
What are the requirements once appointed?
  • Maintain compliance with the requirements and qualifications listed above
    • Appointments are evaluated by the sponsoring faculty each year for continuation
  • Notify the sponsor if the requirements of the appointment can no longer be met
  • Notify the sponsor of any changes to teaching status, work, or personal contact information
What are the benefits of having a WOS faculty appointment?
  • Access to the California Digital Library (e.g., UCSF on-line library) and UCSF email
  • Reduced cost (and in some case free) continuing education programs
  • Access to preceptor development programs that help meet Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and American Society of Health System Pharmacists accreditation standards
  • Eligibility for teaching awards and in some instances, a cash prize for your recognition
  • Invitations to UCSF preceptor related events (local and professional meetings)
  • Eligibility to join the UCSF Alumni Association
  • Certificate indicating your Faculty appointment at UCSF
  • Eligibility for promotion within the assigned faculty academic series
  • Eligibility to apply for participation in the UCSF Master Preceptor Program
How can I obtain a WOS faculty appointment?

Request an application from your local Program Director


Program director


San Francisco Bay Area Tram Cat [email protected] (415) 502-8151
San Francisco Bay Area Valerie Clinard [email protected] (415) 476-6632
Fresno Samantha Valle-Oseguera [email protected] (559) 499-6514
Southern California Yvette Hellier [email protected] (612) 807-6319
North Bay Kirsten Balano [email protected] (415) 717-4341
Greater Sacramento Area Tiffany Pon [email protected] (916) 734-7726
Non-Experiential Education Robin Corelli [email protected] (714) 731-0604

The following items should be uploaded through the application link:

  • Completed WOS Faculty Appointment application form
  • A current copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Your National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) ID number (you must set up your NABP e-profile to obtain an ID)
  • Your local Program Director or designee will review the application packet for completeness and send the documents forward for processing. Within 4-8 weeks after the initial processing, you will receive an email with instructions and a new hire packet to complete electronically. You will need to set up an appointment with your faculty sponsor or sponsors designee to complete the I-9 form. At the same time, HR will initiate an appointment packet and collect reference letters. The appointment packet will be routed for approval after HR receives the I-9 form and oath document. When your appointment is approved, you will receive a welcome letter with additional information from your faculty sponsor. If you have a current paid staff appointment at a UC Campus, new hire paperwork is not required. It is important to note that the WOS faculty appointment process can take several months to complete. The initial appointment may be up to 5 years for the Volunteer Clinical Professor series.
How can I advance in a WOS faculty appointment?

Faculty can advance in all faculty series from Assistant to Associate Professor and then to Full Professor. Please contact your faculty sponsor for details.

Once appointed, how can I ensure all of my contact information remains current?

As a preceptor, it is your responsibility to notify your faculty sponsor of any changes made to your contact information and paid appointment title.

What will be my official WOS appointment title?

On the WOS Certificate, your appointment title will read as Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor of Assistant/Associate Adjunct Professor.

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