Outside Conflict of Commitment

Effective Date: August 1, 2015

Last Reviewed: August 1, 2015

Review by: August 1, 2016


The Meharry Medical College (MMC) policy on conflict and outside activities of faculty members provides guidelines for identifying and managing outside professional activities in order to avoid conflicts of commitment, while assuring our faculty members may engage in a wide array of outside activities without unnecessary limitations.

Policy Statement

Faculty members employed by MMC owe their primary professional allegiance to the College and acknowledge their role and responsibilities to advance and communicate knowledge. Teaching, research, and the cultivation of scholarly or creative competence, are their primary activities and should receive the largest commitment of time and energy.

The College has a goal to advance and communicate knowledge through interaction with the public, and faculty have an obligation to provide, within limits, College-related public service by using their expertise to contribute to the College and/or the professions, business,the community or the public. Such activities also help faculty identify and address community needs and afford practical experience and knowledge valuable to teaching and research or creative activity. This policy seeks to balance these competing College obligations in the context of a faculty member's professional discretion in allocating time and effort across multiple activities.

This policy acknowledges the value of outside professional activities while recognizing the likelihood that some outside activities may cause real or apparent conflicts of commitment. Outside professional activities that interfere with a faculty member's professional obligation to the College represents a conflict of commitment.

The Department Chair must consult with the faculty member and the Dean in resolving all questions related to whether an individual's activity constitutes an outside non-professional activity or an activity within the course and scope of employment. The Dean is responsible for resolving all potential activity conflicts that may arise with a Department Chair.

You can view the full policy to the right or by clicking here.