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Faculty Development

Radiology Faculty Development Program

The Radiology Faculty Development Program is designed to guide, support, and foster the academic development of radiology faculty. The goal of the Program is to create an environment that enables faculty to achieve their full potential in clinical care, research/scholarship, teaching, and academic service. A key component of the Program for continual professional and personal developmental is mentoring, which is intended to address a variety of faculty needs over the course of their career. Faculty will develop through receipt of professional and institutional information; support, sponsorship, and stimulation; advice, assistance, and guidance; and feedback and direction toward their goals.

The Radiology Faculty Development Program provides structure to assist, motivate, and encourage junior faculty members to achieve their full potential in clinical care, academic and extramural service, and research/scholarship, ultimately earning them recognition and promotion. While the mentoring program primarily focuses on junior faculty working towards their first promotion, it is open to all faculty members who want to advance their careers. The Program is intended to provide access to formal and informal professional communication networks, and offer structure for the career advancement of both junior and senior faculty.  

All new faculty members will receive written documentation of their appointment, including an offer letter and contract summarizing terms, responsibilities, lines of communication, privileges, and benefits. New faculty members must complete the activities listed on the On-Boarding New Faculty Instructions on the KU School of Medicine Faculty On-Boarding Website once the offer letter has been signed before arriving on campus. This process guides new faculty members through necessary Human Resources and orientation requirements before they can see patients or begin research. Within the first month, new faculty members will be matched with a more senior faculty mentor in the department. As faculty members develop professionally and are able to serve in a mentorship capacity, they will be asked by the Chair to serve as a mentor to junior faculty.  

Radiology Faculty Development Committee:

  • Glen Cox, M.D., Professor and Committee Chair
  • Stanton Rosenthal, M.D., Professor
  • Shelby Fishback, M.D., Assistant Professor, Residency Program Director
  • Alan Reeves, M.D., Assistant Professor

Duties of the Radiology Faculty Development Committee:

  • Establish and revise Program goals and objectives
  • Develop and revise format of Program
  • Match mentors and mentees
  • Manage overall Program, ongoing mentoring activities, and mentor/mentee pairs
  • Evaluate Program at regular intervals

Faculty Assessment and Evaluation
During the first quarter of each calendar year, all faculty members will meet with the Chair to evaluate their performance over the last year and establish goals for the upcoming year. Prior to the meeting, faculty members must complete a standard evaluation form or annual School of Medicine Faculty Assessment Summary Form. The documents will review faculty members' activities during the past year, including teaching, scholarly activities and grants, clinical service, extramural and intramural service, mentoring activities, and any other notable activities or accomplishments. The documents also allow faculty members to determine if they have achieved goals set in the previous year and establish new goals for the subsequent year.

During the meeting, faculty members and the Chair will discuss the evaluation form and the Chair will add comments for each section, noting if the faculty member's performance was satisfactory, needs improvement, or unsatisfactory. The form will be signed by both the faculty member and Chair and sent to the Dean's office for final approval. If it is determined during the evaluation that the faculty member is ready for evaluation for promotion or tenure, the information will be forwarded to the Promotion & Tenure Committee for review. For more information about promotion tracks and the process and instructions for the Annual Faculty Assessment Summary Form, visit the School of Medicine's Mentoring Resources webpage or discuss department expectations with your mentor or Chair.  

Promotion and Tenure
To improve academic rank, faculty members must demonstrate achievements in the areas of clinical care, teaching, or research. Excellence does not have to be exhibited in all areas and requirements vary by career track. For tenure track faculty members, at least two areas must be achieved, while non-tenure track faculty members are only required to exhibit excellence in one area. All physicians should demonstrate excellence in the area of clinical service, regardless of career track.  

Examples of excellence varies by area and can include frequent referrals from outside providers made to specific faculty members to show recognized regional expertise in a particular disease or disease category. Similarly, positive teaching evaluations from students can document strong educator skills. Additionally, peer-reviewed publications can demonstrate scholarly achievement, while grant funding can indicate research achievement.   

Consideration for promotion varies based on career track and approved leave extensions. The definitive schedule is published annually by KU School of Medicine, Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development. To be considered for promotion, faculty members must complete the following activities:  

March 1 Formal call for application
May 1 Deadline for submitting Registration Form
August 1 Deadline of Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee to meet and review application
September 1 Deadline to submit Promotion and Tenure Application Packet
October 1 thru December Review by campus Promotion and Tenure Committees
Early January Joint School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee makes recommendations to the Executive Dean
Mid-January Executive Dean sends his/her recommendations to Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs   Individual faculty members who have been denied at the School level must be informed in writing by the Executive Dean (with a copy to Academic Affairs) that they have the right to appeal the decision.  The appeal must be filed by the faculty member within two weeks of notification by the Executive Dean.
As soon as Possible after Appeal deadline Appeal Hearings for denial of promotion and/or tenure (appeals must be based on process only)
Dependent on Appeal Hearing Schedule Vice chancellor forwards recommendation list to the Chancellor for final approval
Dependent on Appeal Hearing Schedule Chancellor approves or denies individual recommendations and communicates decisions to the Executive Vice Chancellor who notifies individual faculty members in writing with copy to Department Chair (and Dean on Wichita campus, when applicable).
Last modified: Sep 24, 2020
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Faculty Development

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Mentoring Towards Promotion and/or Tenure (P&T)
The School of Medicine provides resources regarding Promotion and Tenure (P&T) so that a faculty member can see at-a-glance the expectations detailed in the official SOM Handbook, such as: 

At-a-Glance Resources

Definitive Resources

Visit the SOM Faculty Mentoring web site for more details.