There are many paths to success as a faculty member, but career goals are difficult to accomplish alone—we all need support to be successful. Professional development programs coupled with effective mentoring can provide support for individuals to gain new skills and knowledge. The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) provides programs to enhance the academic and professional development of faculty in their roles of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service, and leadership.
Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP): targeted to assistant professors, this year-long program provides an extensive curriculum in professional development coupled with a scholarly project conducted with the guidance of a senior faculty mentor.
Grant Writing Workshops: workshops to provide guidance on applications for NIH career development (“K”) and training (“F”) awards.
Leadership Speaker Series: seminars and workshops by national speakers and UMMS experts address approaches to leadership that can improve and enhance leadership skills.
Preparing for Promotion Series: monthly, one-hour sessions from September to May educate faculty on the process of promotion and tenure and includes topics such as: Promotion at UMMS, Effective CVs, Letters of Reference, and Tenure.
Pathway to Tenure Program: designed to support, complement and add value to the activities of chairs and department faculty in nurturing tenure track faculty.
Individual Opportunity Plans: a self-assessment tool to help all faculty members plan their carers to achieve professional success.
CVs & NIH Biosketches: resources to assist faculty members in developing or revising their professional biographies.