Faculty Development Academy

About the Academy

Since its establishment in 2011, the Academy continues to provide individual faculty development needs, supplement on-going mentorship, and develop faculty in multiple career tracks. Members of the Academy join one of three branches*:

Each Branch is facilitated by a Branch Chair and several other senior faculty coaches with strong mentoring and career development track record.

*The Administrator Path Branch is no longer available.

Any regular-rank faculty member in the Department of Medicine can apply to become a Member of the Academy, but the program is specifically designed to serve junior faculty (Instructors and Assistant Professors).

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Features

Faculty who may be particularly well-served by the Academy include junior faculty who are:

  • Currently funded through a career development award (NIH, VA, Duke, foundation, professional society, etc)
  • Currently funded through a diversity supplement award to an NIH grant
  • Planning to apply for a career development award or diversity supplement in the next year
  • Under-represented minority and women faculty
  • New faculty hires, particularly if you have direct support from the Chair or Dean
  • Junior faculty who are developing curricula or evaluation methods for learners

  • Any junior faculty who feel that the Academy can serve currently unmet faculty development needs

The Academy will provide its Members with:

  • A DoM-tailored leadership curriculum, led by Cary Ward, MD, associate professor of medicine (cardiology): NEW this cohort! See here for planned topics. We will also facilitate mentoring sessions with current leaders at Duke

  • Individual meetings with Branch coaches at least quarterly for personalized career development coaching

  • Group mentoring meetings with Branch-specific topics (frequency varies by Branch)

  • Review and coaching on CV and personal statement

  • Guided navigation of the multitude of SoM and DoM faculty development resources

  • Annual Academy-wide event

  • Opportunities to interact with junior and senior faculty from other divisions

Members are expected to participate in at least 75 percent of all Branch and Academy activities.

Appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year at the discretion of the Academy Coaches.

Criteria for selection of Academy Members include:

  • Academic potential in Clinical, Health Services, Basic Science or Translational Research, or in Education Scholarship
  • Clear career development plans
  • Ability of the Academy to provide benefit to the applicant

For questions, please contact Dr. Laura P. Svetkey (laura.svetkey@duke.edu; 919-681-3573) or the Chair of any DoM Faculty Developement Academy branch.


When I was in Faculty Development Academy, I made a point to go to programs that offer services and teaching about advancing a research career. It's just crazy not to take advantage of that. I feel like that's why I am at a place like Duke.

Heather Whitson, MD, MHS

Read about the experiences of past Academy members


About the Branches

Basic/Translational Researcher

Chair: Francis Miller
Faculty coaches: Andy Alspaugh, Mary Foster, Svati Shah

If you’re doing basic or translational research, chances are you already have a mentorship plan in place. However, mentoring can take many forms and come from many sources. In addition, you may have faculty development goals that go beyond the traditional mentor-mentee relationship; these areas can benefit from a faculty development “coach.” Members of the Basic/Translational Research Branch of the DoM Faculty Development Academy will work with Academy Coaches to develop and implement an individualized faculty development plan and a core curriculum that will help you achieve your career goals in basic/translational research.

Participation in the Basic/Translational Research Branch of the Faculty Development Academy will require commitment to participate in the DoM-tailored leadership curriculum, quarterly meetings with your Academy Coach, periodic group activities with other members of the Academy, and active participation in the Department of Medicine and School of Medicine faculty development offerings (listed here). Members are expected to participate in at least 75% of Academy activities.

Applicants should review the program requirements with current mentors and supervisors (e.g. division or section head) to assure that appropriate support exists for successful participation.

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Clinical/Health Services Researcher

Chair: Pamela Douglas
Faculty coaches: Kristin NewbyDawn Provenzale, Eugene Oddone

If you’re doing clinical or health services research, chances are you already have a scientific mentorship plan in place. However, mentoring can take many forms and come from many sources. In addition, you may have faculty development goals that go beyond the traditional mentor-mentee relationship; these areas can benefit from a faculty development “coach.”

Members of the Clinical/Health Services Research Branch of the DoM Faculty Development Academy will work with Academy Coaches to develop and implement an individualized faculty development plan and a core curriculum that will help you achieve your career goals in clinical/health services research.

Participation in the Clinical/Health Services Research Branch of the Faculty Development Academy will require commitment to participate in the DoM-tailored leadership curriculum, quarterly meetings with your Academy Coach, periodic group activities with other members of the Academy, and active participation in the Department of Medicine and School of Medicine faculty development offerings (listed here). Members are expected to participate in at least 75% of Academy activities.

Applicants should review the program requirements with current mentors and supervisors (e.g. Division or Section Head) to assure that appropriate support exists for successful participation.

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Education Scholar

Chair: Lisa Criscione-Schreiber
Faculty coaches: Mitch Heflin and Sandro Pinheiro

Members of the Education Scholar Branch of the DoM Faculty Development Academy will work with Academy Coaches to develop and implement an individualized faculty development plan and a core curriculum that will help you achieve your career goals in education scholarship.

The Education Scholar Branch activities are designed to complements activities of Duke AHEAD by coaching members on the theory, methodology and resources for conducting high quality education research. Specifically, this Branch will assure that education scholars have necessary skills in curriculum development, knowledge of education research methods, identification of experienced mentoring and funding for project implementation and evaluation; skills in scientific writing, grantsmanship, and project and personnel management; presentation skills; skills needed for transition to academic independence, effort negotiation, promotion and tenure.

Applicants should review the program requirements with current mentors and supervisors (e.g. Division or Section Head) to assure that appropriate support exists for successful participation.

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Administrator Path - Not available for 2018 cohort

Chair: Cathy Wood, Vice Chair for Administration
Faculty coaches: Cary Ward and Ziad Gellad

Administration in academic medicine offers a broad range of opportunities for physicians as leaders of clinical services, academic programs (Divisions leaders, Vice-Dean roles, etc.) and health system management. Many members of our faculty rise to leadership in a variety of these administrative roles, and many see a future in administration as a challenging and attractive path. However, this path to academic success as an administrator is largely unmapped.

Faculty who become Members in the Administrator Path of the Faculty Development Academy will work with successful administrators to develop an individualized faculty development plan, attain skills, and have access/exposure to others who have successfully navigated an administrative path in academic medicine.

Participation in the Administrator Path Branch of the DoM Faculty Development Academy will require commitment to at least one Academy activity per month and active participation in the School of Medicine faculty development offerings (listed here).

Applicants should review the program requirements with current mentors and supervisors (e.g. Division or Section Head) to assure that appropriate support exists for successful participation.

Learn more.