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Faculty Onboarding: In your first year(s)

In your first 12-24 months as a faculty member, you should become familiar with the following:

Annual events

  • There are annual compliance training requirements depending on your role and job responsibilities.

  • You will be required to complete a conflict of interest declaration annually. You will be asked to identify your supervisor – usually this a faculty member's department chair. 

  • The Office of Equal Opportunity and Employment is located in the Fairway North building, Suite 3000, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, Kansas.

  • During the month of October you will revisit, update, and submit your annual open enrollment benefits plan. There will be a series of information sessions offered to employees. Take advantage of these opportunities early in your career to learn more about your health care, dependent care, retirement, and investment options.

  • You can access your payroll and benefits information through the myKUMC intranet site.

  • All employees of the medical center with patient contact are required to maintain appropriate immunizations through regular vaccinations. Speak with your health care provider to track your vaccination schedule. Also, flu shots are available at no charge to employees each fall.

Library and Resources for Researchers

  • A. R. Dykes Library is available to university employees and students (ID badge access may be required). The library offers a student gathering and studying environment, with areas for quiet and group study, access to computers and printing services, electronic testing, and virtual databases (PubMed, CINHL, etc.).

  • The library's research and learning department collaborates with faculty on research and instruction projects. The office provides access to digital library resources, helps connect faculty with graduate-prepared health information specialists on things like course modules, and can assist on research projects, grant proposals, research visibility, and altmetrics, bibliometrics, copyright questions, publishing, etc. Contact the department to learn more.


  • Keep in contact with the Teaching & Learning Technologies staff to stay ahead of evolving technology available for teaching activities.

  • Revisit the Center for Teaching Excellence at KU's Lawrence campus as you gain insight about the challenges and strategies of teaching effectively

  • The KU Medical Center's Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) organization aims to advance careers of women in the fields of medicine and science, nursing, and health professions by developing and honing leadership skills through mentoring and networking opportunities. 

  • Seek guidance from members of the School of Health Professions Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure committee as you develop your professional goals and timeline.

  • Leadership series presents "Stories of Leaders: How They Do or Did It" by inviting highly successful professional leaders to discuss their experiences. These leaders are from all fields (not just medicine) from our campus, the Kansas City area and nationally. Our goal with the series is to teach people, through the stories of other's experiences, how to be leaders.

  • Jayhawk Way: KU Medical Center's success depends on having an energized and engaged workforce and a strong and compelling organizational culture. Each of us has the opportunity to be a leader, regardless of position or title. The Jayhawk Way is designed to develop your leadership skills and enhance your personal effectiveness.

  • Beginning early in your employment, consider asking colleagues to sit in on your various teaching activities to provide you with feedback – and then act on that feedback. Having the same individuals observe your efforts in subsequent years later can be valuable as an important part of documenting your professional development.

Additional Campus Resources for Employees

  • Human Resources: If you have not spoken with a member of this office, you should do so soon. They will help you navigate through the benefits, payroll, and related systems. Note there are periods of time during which some activities must take place, with access to those rescources very limited or nonexistent once the window closes. These include signing up for retirement benefits, annuity and investment accounts, and health insurance coverage. 

  • Contact the schools information technology support staff for aid in using technology, options for efficient storage of electronic files, backing up documentins, and interfacing with technology.

  • Policy Library includes policies related to FMLA leave, childbirth, social media, use of mobile devices, and equal opportunity concerns, probationary period after hiring, lactation support for nursing mothers, whistleblower policy, among others.

  • Kansas HealthQuest is a series of programs offered to State of Kansas employees to incentivize participation in health and wellness activities.

  • Kirmayer Fitness Center: Stay healthy, stay happy!

You may contact the School of Health Professions associate dean for academic affairs with any questions!

Last modified: Jul 23, 2020

Fall 2020 Update: For safety purposes, the Office of the Dean is not fully staffed on campus at this time. However, the office generally remains open daily. Please call before visiting.

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