The mission of the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics is to develop and sustain high impact basic and translational research programs in pharmacology and toxicology with a focus on areas important to drug development and safety, to provide an exceptional environment for the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and to deliver outstanding education for medical students.
To accomplish these objectives, the Department is committed to faculty development in all three areas of academics: research, teaching, and service. Much of the mentoring provided to young faculty occurs through a NIH/NIGMS Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant that has a research emphasis on nuclear receptors in liver health and disease. This Center provides faculty with regular reviews of their research progress by internal and external scientists, supports a seminar series with nationally and internationally renowned speakers in all areas of pharmacology and toxicology, and an annual research mentoring symposium specifically targeted to junior faculty. Additionally, each faculty member at all ranks undergoes a rigorous annual performance evaluation by the Chair, which is reviewed by the leadership team in the School of Medicine. Assistant and Associate Professors are also reviewed regularly by the Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee.
Evaluation of teaching skills is largely monitored by the Director of Medical Education (Dr. Beth Levant) and by course or module directors of the several graduate and/or preclinical medical education modules that the Department participates in. The School of Medicine Office of Professional Development, theOffice of Medical Education, and the Faculty Leadership Academy provide seminars, workshops, retreats, and other resources that are designed to improved teaching skills and advice on professional development.See an overview of the School of Medicine Mentoring Program.