Vol. 13 No. 1 - August, 2010

Academic Affairs

Supporting academic appointments and tenure, governance and policy, reward and recognition, and faculty and department reviews

acad affairs thorndyke, congdon, ludvico
Office of Faculty Affairs
Luanne Thorndyke, MD, FACP, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of medicine, John L. Congdon, administrative manager, and Gennette Ludovico, academic personnel specialist

The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) has the privilege and responsibility to support the academic affairs of faculty at UMass Medical School. The programs and support include oversight of academic appointments and tenure, governance and policy, reward and recognition, and faculty and department reviews.

  • Appointments, Promotions and Tenure: The OFA supports several key faculty committees, specifically the Personnel Action Committee, Executive Council and Tenure Committee. The OFA maintains a comprehensive database of faculty who have academic appointments in the three schools. These data are extensively utilized for internal and external reporting and analyses.
  • Faculty Advancement and Development Liaisons (FADL): Each department has identified a faculty member (the FADL representative) who helps facilitate the promotion process of faculty in their department. FADL members are important links between the OFA, the department chairs and a department’s promotion and appointment committee (DPAC), and faculty members contemplating or preparing for the promotion process.
  • Governance, Faculty Committees and Workgroups: The OFA supports other faculty committees, including the Faculty Council, the Faculty Grievance Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Women’s Faculty Committee. Additionally, the OFA collaborates with, facilitates, and leads various faculty groups to create opportunities that support a diverse faculty and enhance the academic environment.
  • Networking and Recognition: The OFA sponsors a series of events to encourage an inclusive and welcoming community. These include luncheons held on the University and Memorial campuses, and activities to promote diversity.
  • Department Five-Year Reviews: The OFA coordinates department and chair five-year reviews to determine the well-being of individual departments, their strengths and challenges, and their efforts to promote the institutional mission and values. The process includes an internal assessment of a department’s academic, clinical and administrative performance; and a site visit conducted by a panel of external reviewers.