Faculty Affairs

Career Development

In order to attract and retain superb faculty, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has created a series of programs, workshops and events designed to assist faculty in achieving their goals in academic medicine. We offer workshops on a range of topics, some of which are tailored to a particular stage in your career and some of which appeal to all faculty. The Career Development Roadmap below identifies activities to complete at each stage in your career.  Our Career Development programs are open to all COM faculty, regardless of your employer or where you work.  Ultimately, we recognize that your success is one measure of success for the entire College of Medicine! 

Mentorship
One of the strongest predictors of professional success is whether someone has a mentor. Each department has a mentoring program, and COM programs include Faculty Fellows Mentoring Program, designed to increase engagement, retention and promotion of diverse faculty members, and the Mentoring Societies Program, designed around mutual interests of a junior faculty member and a senior mentoring facilitator. Learn about departmental mentoring programs and COM resources for faculty seeking a mentor, as well as for mentors and departments interested in developing or improving a mentorship program. Several of our outstanding faculty mentors have been honored with the College of Medicine Mentoring Awards.

New Faculty Orientation
This half day program helps new faculty initiate a successful career at the UA COM.  This exciting program covers promotion and tenure, research programs and opportunities, diversity efforts, opportunities to teach, mentoring and predictors of success in academic medicine, among other topics. Be sure to attend if you are a new faculty member.

Career Development Workshops
Each year the COM creates a series of workshops to provide information on advancement and on topics of interest to our faculty.  See this year’s schedule.  Participate in person or, for some sessions, attend online. 

Learning to Lead
A nine-month program designed to foster the development of the next generation of leaders in academic medicine. Gain knowledge from the experts in leadership styles, building teams, financials, inclusive leadership and much more.  Associate professors and other faculty in mid-level leadership roles are eligible to apply.

Teaching/Instruction
The Faculty Instructional Development (FID) Teaching Scholars Program was developed by the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) in collaboration with the Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES). Taught by master teachers, the series includes sessions on creating and maintaining educational portfolios, bedside teaching strategies, and using technology in the classroom. Many of these sessions have been podcast and are available online.

Other Resources

The Department of Emergency Medicine has created a series of presentations to facilitate the development of their own faculty. The department has generously provided access to these online modules to all College of Medicine faculty.

Career Development Roadmap

CAREER STAGE

CAREER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

NEW FACULTY
First year

  • Attend New Faculty Orientation (usually in October)
  • Identify a mentor or mentoring committee
  • Develop a career plan that articulates your personal goals and a timeline for achieving those goals
  • Attend at least one Faculty Affairs career development workshop or faculty social event

NEW FACULTY

2-3 years

  • Attend Moving Up! All You Ever Wanted to Know About Promotion (usually in November)
  • Assure that your CV is in the UA format
  • Review expectations for promotion for your rank and track
  • Revisit your career plan and adjust timeline as needed
  • Continue to meet with your mentor(s) to assure you are on track for achieving your goals
  • Use your annual review to fine tune your goals and activities
  • Attend at least one career development workshop or faculty social event annually

EARLY CAREER FACULTY

(~3-6 years)

  • Prepare your dossier and get feedback from your mentor(s) and/or your department Promotion and Tenure committee
  • Attend at least one career development workshop and/or faculty social event annually
  • If anticipating promotion in the next 2-3 years, attend the workshop on Promotion and Tenure dossier preparation
  • Consider applying to Learning to Lead

ASSOCIATE AND FULL PROFESSORS

  • Attend at least one career development workshop and/or faculty social event annually
  • Be available to mentor junior faculty
  • If anticipating promotion in the next 2-3 years, attend the workshop on Promotion and Tenure dossier preparation
  • Consider applying to Learning to Lead