Faculty Career Development


Welcome to the Faculty Career Development wiki. If you have a comment or content to share, please contribute your comment on the bottom of any page via the "Add Comment" link, post a topic under general discussion, or email Sonya Jacobs, Director of Faculty Development. Thank you.

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Development Topics

Mentoring Resource
  • Find a mentor
  • Resources for mentors
  • Resources for mentees
Skill Development Resources
  • Promotion and Career Advancement
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Management
Executive Coaching
  • Needs assessment
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leadership development
Teaching Resources
  • Providing Effective Feedback
  • Orienting the Learning
  • Direct Observation


Faculty Development 3120 Med Sci I, 734-764-8629

Key Development Contacts

  • Sonya Jacobs, M.S., Director of Faculty Development
  • Laura Denton, Senior Program Manager, Faculty Development
  • Brandie Ekpiken, Administrative Assistant, Faculty Development

Other Contacts:

  • Margaret Gyetko, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Senior Assoc. Dean Faculty Affairs
  • Kevin Chung, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Asst. Dean Faculty Affairs, Instructional Track
  • Lies Quint, M.D., Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Asst. Dean Faculty Affairs, Clinical Track
  • Nick Lukacs, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, Asst. Dean Faculty Affairs, Research Track

News and Announcements

New!!!  Opportunity to Decompress: Drop-in Mindfulness Meditation Sessions for Faculty

Beginning Thursday, May 15th through Thursday, August 14th, complimentary weekly drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions will be available at noon for all Medical School faculty.  These will consist of two back-to-back half-hour practice sessions, the first from 12:00-12:30pm and the second from 12:30-1:00pm. Those who wish to participate can come to one or both of the sessions.  The sessions will be lightly guided by Drs. Rita Benn and Libby Robinson.  All faculty, with or without meditation experience, are welcome!  No registration necessary.  See the flyer for dates and location.

Medical Education Scholars Program: Applications Due May 5

The Medical Education Scholars Program, an internationally acclaimed annual program at the University of Michigan Medical School, is designed to enable Medical School faculty to be more effective teachers, educational leaders, and medical education researchers.  

Approximately 10 scholars will be admitted this year. Admission is competitive and will be based on a letter of support from the chair and the quality of the applicant's proposed educational project.  Preference will be given to faculty who have or will have assumed new and significant departmental, school, or university responsibilities for educational programs. 

A description of the program and the application process is available online: http://www.med.umich.edu/meded/pdf/MESP/MESP_Brochure.pdf

For further information, please feel free to contact the MESP Program Director: Patricia Mullan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Medical Education, email: pbmullan@umich.edu.

New!!!  Your Research Project Route Map 

Have you ever wondered how to navigate the complexities of the research enterprise at the University of Michigan?  Here is your opportunity to hear from leaders from various research offices and how they can help you find your way along your research project route map.  Whether you're new to research at Michigan or are a seasoned PI, you're sure to learn something new at this session to help you focus on great science while others assist you with the details. 

Panelists include Nick Lukacs, PhD, Assistant Dean of Research Faculty, Judy Birk, IRBMED Director, Chris Black, Assistant Director for Research Services, and Heather Offhaus, Director for Grants Review and Analysis. 

Date:  Sept. 8, 2014

Time:  11am-1pm (Lunch included)

Where:  BSRB Seminar Rooms

Register here .

New!!!  Negotiation: An Essential Adaptive Leadership Skill

Medical school faculty negotiate constantly over issues like, salaries, lab space, and authorship on research papers.  At Ki ThoughtBridge, we define negotiation as, “Any attempt to influence and persuade others to do what you want done.”  Roger Fisher, co-author of, Getting To Yes, Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Roger Fisher and William Ury.  Those negotiations can be especially challenging when the negotiation is with a peer, another doctor or other faculty over whom you have no authority or control or when you are negotiating with those who have more authority, power or control. 

This day long negotiation workshop will equip you with a framework and set of tools designed to help faculty prepare for, and conduct effective negotiations.  The workshop is interactive.  Participants will learn by practicing, first on generic negotiation cases, and then on real issues that faculty must negotiate every day.  The tools and processes taught are based on cutting edge theory and practice developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project, a think tank at Harvard Law School which specializes in helping groups and individuals learn to deal constructively with their differences. 

Fee:  $200 per person (Breakfast and lunch included)

Date:  April 24, 2014 - 8am-4:30pm

Where:  Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest

Register here .  

Clinical Teaching Series

Teaching Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in the Context of Everyday Clinical Work - Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm  BSRB Seminar Rooms

This workshop will help faculty teach and model basic Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QI/PS) principles to identify and solve problems in everyday clinical work. Faculty are the most important teachers in this environment and having faculty teach basic problem identification and solving is increasingly important as national and academic priorities emphasize improving the safety, quality, and efficiency of health care.

Facilitated by Rishi Bakshi, DO

At the completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify simple problems to improve quality and safety in everyday work and in the work lives of clinical trainees.
  • Explain some key, basic principles in systematic problem solving relevant to everyday clinical work.
  • Enable clinical trainees to identify and address simple QI/PS issues in the everyday clinical setting.

Target audience:  Individuals familiar with basic QI/PS principles who want to practice teaching/mentoring simple problem solving approaches in everyday clinical work.

Register here .

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Interpersonal Skills Development

Crucial Accountability (formerly Crucial Confrontations) - November 6, 2014 with follow-up on December 3, 2014

This will be a 1-day workshop, with a 90 minute follow-up session, on Crucial Accountability. This course teaches a straightforward, step-by-step process for identifying and resolving performance gaps, strengthening accountability, eliminating inconsistency, and reducing resentment. It uses video, group discussions, skill practice, and real-life application to make the course both entertaining and engaging.

Time:  7:30am-4:30pm (Nov. 6, 2014)

Where:   BSRB Seminar Rooms

Follow-up:   Dec. 3, 2014 - Med Sci 1, C Wing, Room 3114,  11:30am-1pm

Fee:  $300.00 (includes follow-up session)

Register here .

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New Faculty Onboarding - Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 8am-12:30pm BSRB Seminar Rooms

These quarterly onboarding sessions are intended as follow-ups to the monthly New Faculty Orientation.  Various administrative offices will present and provide tips and tricks to allow faculty to become more efficient in their new roles at UM.  There will be specific focus on expectations for advancement and career planning. 

Breakfast and Lunch provided - Register here .

NEW!! Hiring & Hosting Internationals - Medical School Immigration Compliance Unit - Thursday, April 17, 2014 Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm BSRB Seminar Rooms

Learn more about the Medical School Immigration Compliance Unit and how they can assist you when hiring and hosting internationals.  The seminar will include information on compliance issues surrounding hiring practices, an overview of the visa types most commonly used in the Medical School, as well as address questions on permanent residency sponsorship.
Facilitated by Deb Komorowski, Director; Mike Olech, Immigration Compliance Specialist; and Jackie Shilling, Immigration Compliance Specialist
Register here .

Time Management for Professionals - Thursday, May 22, 2014  BSRB Seminar Rooms

Two Sessions:

Breakfast:  8:00am - 10am - Register here .

Lunch:  11am- 1pm - Register here .

Workshop Facilitated by Joanna Sabo, PhD, Principal Consultant of Beyond Interactive Training, LLC

Following this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Revisit the importance of personal goal development when you have competing priorities
  • Describe the absolute best way to determine the “rank” of your priorities
  • Develop techniques for approaching and managing competing priorities
  • Learn new ways to respond to others who have control over your time
  • Recognize why we procrastinate and learn how to strategically procrastinate
  • Generate ideas for bringing balance to your life
  • Identify personal constraints that interfere with good time management; generate ideas for eliminating or reducing these constraints
  • List new ways to “create” more time for yourself!

Making the Most of Your Presentation - Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 Time: 7:30am-9:30am BSRB Seminar Rooms

Making the most of your presentation recommends a systematic approach to preparing and delivering effective oral presentations. Among others, it covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright. Needless to say, it also endeavors to be a model of the principles it advocates - an oral presentation that attendees can learn from by way of example. 

An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering and a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, Jean-luc Doumont will facilitate this session.  He enjoys nothing more than standing in front of a group of professionals, challenging everything they thought they knew, provoking or facilitating a discussion, structuring their thoughts, sharpening their skills, and, importantly, arousing enthusiasm.

An articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking presenter, Jean-luc is a popular instructor and invited speaker worldwide. Over the years, he has given hundreds of talks and workshops, in English, French, Dutch, and Spanish, at an array of companies,
top-ranked universities, research laboratories, and conferences.

Register here


Grant Writing and Publications

Publishing the Results of Scholarly Work in Medical Education Using MedEdPORTALTuesday, April 22, 2014 8:00am-9:30am BSRB Seminar Rooms with follow-up on Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30am-12pm  in Med Sci I, Room 4234

Are you interested in learning how to submit to peer-reviewed curriculum sites such as MedEdPORTAL?   MedEdPORTAL Publications is an educational material repository that was designed to serve as a prestigious peer reviewed publishing venue through which educators both receive recognition for their educational scholarship works and promote these works through worldwide dissemination.

Join us for these sessions facilitated by Monica Lypson, MD, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Following the first session you will be able to:

  • Review “Scholarship” as it relates to all types of learning materials
  • Discuss the use of these peer reviewed materials in your promotion and tenure process
  • Identify nationally recognized publishing sources for reviewed materials
  • Outline the MedEdPORTAL suite of services: Publications,iCollaborative, and the CE Directory
  • Identify purpose, focus and offerings of each service
  • Detail the submission standards and posting process for each service
  • Discuss tools ready for submission and plan for next steps
  • Review the live site and describe search functionality

The 2nd session on May 8, 2014 will allow participants to have "hands-on" experience with MedEdPORTAL in a computer lab using their own publishable materials.  If you have a submission (completed or in process), bring it along so that assistance can be offered on the spot.

Instructions:  Please consider reviewing the instructions for MedEdPORTAL submissions prior to attending the first session and bring a copy of curriculum materials if you have them: https://www.mededportal.org/submit/instructions/

Register here .

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Developing Successful Scientific Papers for Publication Tuesday, May 13, 2014 BSRB Seminar Rooms

Choose One of Two Sessions:

Breakfast:  8am - 10am - Register here .

Lunch:  12pm- 2pm - Register here .

Presented by Tom Annesley, PhD and Judith Connett, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Pathology. 
Learn how to develop scientific papers that are clear, concise and publishable.  Participants are encouraged to bring working abstracts or papers to get help from senior writers and peers. 

Following this session you will be able to:

1) Outline ways to bring greater clarity and consistency to a scientific paper;

2) Describe the features that distinguish papers accepted for publication;

3) Organize the major sections of a scientific paper;

4) Create more effective tables and figures; and

5) Consult with peers to assist in effective scientific writing.


Leadership Development

Essential Skills for Successful Leadership 

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:30am-4:30pm, South Atrium, Building 18, NCRC Register here.

This one day workshop is designed to assist faculty in developing the essential leadership and management skills necessary to run a lab, start a program or manage a center or division. This workshop will highlight topics such as hiring, leadership, management, diversity, communication, conflict resolution, and managing performance.

Masters Series Leadership Program - Click here for upcoming dates and registration information

The purpose of the Masters Series Leadership Program is to develop the leadership competencies necessary to lead in an ever-changing health care environment. The target audience is mid-level managers with programmatic responsibilities.

Linkage Leadership Institute - September 30, October 1 and November 18-19, 2014

The Medical School and Health System Human Resources have partnered with Linkage, Inc. to offer the Linkage Leadership Institute  which focuses on the development of the individual senior leader (such as Division Chiefs, Section Heads, Program or Medical Directors and Chairs). This world-class program is an accelerated 4-day immersive learning experience that draws on the leader's 360 leadership and personality assessment data and includes 1:1 feedback/coaching. 
Participants are currently selected through a nomination process.  If you have a leader that reports to you whom you wish to nominate, please complete this short nomination form.


We welcome non-University of Michigan physicians, please call for fees 734-615-3101. At this time we can only accept checks for payments.

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