The Mission of the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology is to conduct high impact research that is relevant to human health and train the next generation of biomedical scientists and physicians who will advance our understanding of infection and immunity in ways that benefit humankind.
To support this multi-faceted mission, the Department is committed to faculty development in all three areas of our academic endeavors. Much of the mentoring provided to young faculty has occurred under the auspices of an NCRR/NIGMS Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant, which provides a vibrant seminar series and regular internal and external review of the research activity of the involved faculty members. Each member of the Faculty undergoes a rigorous annual performance evaluation by the Chair, and pre-tenure faculty members receive two thorough reviews of professional activities by the Department Promotion and Tenure Committee. Development of teaching skills is largely the responsibility of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Module Directors for the two preclinical School of Medicine courses sponsored by the Department. The SOM Office of Professional Development, the Office of Medical Education, and the Faculty Leadership Academy provide seminars, workshops, retreats and other opportunities to Faculty, which are designed to improve specific skill sets and provide advice on professional progression here at KUMC.