Professional development is defined as development in career management and personal growth. This category of development involves career planning, self-understanding and regulation, time management, working with others, and communication. What is needed throughout the career cycle in this category of development will vary with age and position, and a comprehensive program of faculty development would include offerings that span the career cycle. Though individual needs may vary, we believe it is important for all faculty to receive some minimum standard of professional development support.
A number of programs that support career and professional development already exist within the School of Medicine. For example, a series of Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) workshops offered twice a year are designed to assist faculty with navigating the appointment, promotion, and tenure guidelines. The New Faculty Orientation, is designed to educate new, or not so new, faculty on the array of resources available to them, and to introduce them to key points of contact across the institution. A number of wellness programs also exist to support faculty with self-care and resilience. Finally, the Simmons Scholars Program provides three to five years of salary support, structured mentorship, and professional development opportunities for underrepresented faculty members.
To strengthen existing programming in professional development, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development is building new foundational programming related to career management and personal growth, that will be available to all faculty, beginning Spring 2018. Check back here for updates on this new programming which will cover topics such as time and workflow management, giving and receiving feedback, and managing conflict.
Academy of Educators
The UNC-CH School of Medicine Academy of Educators was founded in October 2006 as a part of the School’s strategic plan to enhance research and scholarship towards excellence in teaching.
The Mission of the Academy is:
- to promote and support excellence in teaching and the work and career paths of excellent teachers
- to promote and fund curricular innovation, evidence-based curricular change and a scholarly approach to the education mission; and
- to provide a forum for education leadership and advice for the Dean, Vice Dean for Medical Education and the leadership of the curriculum.
More information is available on the AOE website.