Vol. 12 No. 6 - January, 2010

Thorndyke appointed vice provost for faculty affairs

luanne throndyke
Penn State College of Medicine
Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD

 Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD, FACP, a college administrator with extensive experience in faculty development, has been named vice provost for faculty affairs, following a national search. Dr. Thorndyke, who is currently associate dean for professional development at Penn State College of Medicine, will join UMMS in April.

 “Thanks to an extraordinarily thoughtful and comprehensive search process chaired by Julia Andrieni, MD, associate professor of medicine, and Jean King, PhD, professor of psychiatry, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thorndyke. She brings more than 15 years of broad experience in college administration, including policy, programmatic and professional development, mentoring, academic affairs, educational leadership and financial oversight, and clinical administration,” said Terence R. Flotte, MD, executive deputy chancellor, provost & dean of the School of Medicine.

A graduate of Duke University and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Thorndyke was responsible for the creation of a comprehensive faculty development program for junior faculty that has become a nationally recognized model for faculty development, mentoring and program evaluation. After six years, 141 junior faculty and 86 senior faculty mentors have participated in the program, and individual projects of the junior faculty have enhanced career development and institutional vitality.

Thorndyke has played a leadership role in designing and shaping the programmatic framework for professional development for Penn State College of Medicine, designed and implemented the Penn State Junior Faculty Development Program, and through this program, created an institutional mentoring program; she also established a unique, highly successful, administrative and financial model for establishing an office of faculty development, created the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and recruited its director.

Prior to her role as associate dean, Thorndyke held several clinical and administrative positions at Penn State College of Medicine and the associated Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. As assistant dean for continuing medical education, she provided leadership for a program that annually offered 200 live conferences, 80 grand rounds series and 20,000 registrations in addition to web-based programs, and collateral materials. As the medical director for Hershey Internal Medicine Associates, she established the first off-site academic faculty practice for general internal medicine at Hershey, which has since become the primary faculty practice site and ambulatory resident clinic teaching site for the medical center.

Thorndyke has been a fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program; served on the board of the National Women’s Health Resource Center; and has taught and lectured on a wide range of topics highly relevant to the profession, including junior faculty development, financial models for faculty development offices, structured mentoring programs, competencies for academic faculty, women’s leadership, conflict management and creating high-performance teams.