Setting new faculty members on the path to success
Office of Faculty Affairs hosts first full-day orientation
By Ellie Castano, UMass Medical School Communications
Sept. 10, 2010
|Like today's comprehensive faculty orientation program, the mentoring program highlighted above is one element among many the OFA offers to help ensure faculty success.|
With the goal of getting new faculty on the right path toward a successful career at UMass Medical School, the Office of Faculty Affairs is introducing a comprehensive orientation program for new faculty at all levels. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, and concludes with a networking reception from 5 to 6 p.m. that is open to all members of the faculty.
“The Office of Faculty Affairs is here to help the faculty be successful in their work in alignment with the strategic goals of the medical center,” said Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Luanne Thorndyke, MD. “The heart and soul of UMMS is the faculty, and the OFA’s objective is to help faculty navigate the complex academic environment to pursue mission-related academic excellence while maintaining a degree of work-life balance.”
The dynamic program, which is intended to supplement, not replace, the essential Human Resources orientation, serves as an introduction of new faculty members to the institution as well as an introduction of the institution to new faculty. Through the program, they will meet senior leaders and learn about career advancement and ways to become involved in institutional programs.
Morning sessions include a presentation by Chancellor Michael Collins and UMass Memorial Medical Center President Walter Ettinger about the past, present and future of the academic health sciences center; an overview of the three schools by deans Anthony Carruthers, PhD; Paulette Seymour-Route, PhD; and Terence R. Flotte, MD; and a session by Dr. Thorndyke that offers advice to new faculty. Rounding out the morning will be sessions on the promotion and tenure process and the annual performance review.
At the center of the daylong program is Lunch and Learn: Resources for Getting Connected at UMMS, which will provide networking opportunities and resource tables set up by special interest groups, programs and departments. Susan Pasquale; PhD, director of curriculum and faculty development and a key leader in the development of the new faculty orientation, will provide an introduction.
The afternoon will be opened by newly appointed Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development Robert Milner, PhD, who will provide an overview of opportunities for professional development, followed by skill sessions that will inform new faculty about the “who, what and where” of getting things done at UMMS. Sessions include Getting Started in Research; Getting Started in Education; Getting Started in Clinical Practice. These will be led by leaders in the corresponding mission areas.
The day will be capped by a networking reception open to all faculty. For additional information about OFA resources and services, visit www.umassmed.edu/ofa.