Faculty Mentoring

Mission Statement

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Mentoring program was created to promote the professional and personal development of its faculty members at all levels. The goals of our program are to support career advancement and satisfaction, which leads to faculty retention and, ultimately, enhancement of the department's clinical, education, and research programs.

Dianne Durham
Dr. Dianne Durham 
Department of Otolaryngology faculty sponsor

Faculty Mentoring Program

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has developed a mentoring program with the goals of supporting all of its faculty members for promotion and retention.  Criteria for career advancement and promotion have been developed for both tenure and non-tenure tracks, and faculty members are informed of their progress towards promotion through feedback as well as educational programs specific to career advancement. 

Each academic year, the Mentoring Chair and Committee reviews the Dean's CV (curriculum vitaes) of all faculty members and provides a summary to the Department Chair.  This review includes the faculty member's term of appointment, status on current track, and identification of individuals who are ready for promotion on either tenure or non-tenure tracks.  The committee provides open lines of communication with the faculty as well as the chair in preparation for application for promotion.  Department-specific guidelines have been established by the Department Promotion and Tenure Committee, and faculty members have access to this information at all times.  The Mentoring Committee members consists of junior, mid-career, and senior members so needs of all faculty, regardless of career status, are addressed.

Each faculty member has an annual review with the Department Chair during which s/he provides a summary of the academic achievements for the previous 12 months. Goals set during the previous year, as well as goals set for the next year, are reviewed. Publications and research efforts are also reviewed at this time. The Department Chair provides feedback regarding faculty member performance in both clinical duties and teaching responsibilities.

Professional development for our department faculty in areas of teaching and assessing medical students occurs formally at our Annual Department Educational Retreat, where faculty and residents experience actual didactic program as well as open discussion in group setting regarding issues of career development, managing career burnout, fatigue, professionalism, and leadership. Female faculty who are interested and eligble to apply are encouraged to participate in the AAMC Early or Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar.  If accepted, the Department provides financial and flex-time support for faculty to attend. All faculty members are encouraged to attend professional development programs that can support career advancement, including grant writing, leadership, work/life balance, and mentoring. The KU Med School of Medicine offers related programs under the Professional Development Faculty Affairs umbrella. In addition, we identify and nominate our faculty for the Faculty Leadership Academy (FLA) program, a joint effort of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Kansas Hospital, that improves the management and leadership skills of physician and basic science faculty members. We have had several of our faculty complete this 2-year experience.

The Otolarynglogy-Head and Neck Surgery Mentoring Program provides formal and informal structures to support every faculty member in realizing their full academic potential and experiencing a total engagement of their academic career through excellence in clinical care, teaching, as well as scholarship manifested through not only traditional research but also curriculum development and innovation regarding education and leadership.  Mentoring efforts are not limited to the traditional "senior" faculty to "junior" faculty one-on-one approach, but we recognize the importance of "Co-Mentoring" or "Peer-Mentoring", especially for mid-career faculty members. 

The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Mentoring Program focuses on:

  • Helping faculty develop a successful clinical practice and reputation of clinical excellence
  • Understanding the various academic ranks, tracks, and criteria for promotion for tenure and non-tenure tracks
  • Supporting faculty in developing regional and national visibility in both otolaryngology and subspecialty areas through academic leadership, research, and service
  • Helping faculty achieve improved work/life balance through open dialogue, peer-learning, and practical curriculum

Faculty Mentoring Program Committee 

Dianne Durham, PhD

David Kriet, MD

Hinrich Staecker, MD, PhD

Jim Lin, MD

Carrie Francis, MD

Last modified: Jun 07, 2017
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