Faculty Development Academy

About the Academy

The Department of Medicine Faculty Development Academy, launched in October 2011, addresses individual faculty development needs, supplement on-going mentorship, and develop faculty in four high priority career tracks. Members of the Academy are served by one of four branches:

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 of the Department or dean of the School of Medicine
  • Any junior faculty who feel that the Academy can serve currently unmet faculty development needs
  • Selected new faculty

The Academy will provide its Members with:

  • Individual assessment of your faculty development needs

  • Tailored program for each Member

  • Creation of an individual IAP

  • Personalized career development coaching

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

  • Other activities and resources pertinent to the particular branch in which you participate

Criteria for selection of Academy Members include:

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

Selected Academy Members will be part of the Academy for one year, with the potential to renew for a second year based on performance in the first year.

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


I have 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

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About the Branches

Basic/Translational Researcher

Chair: Francis Miller
Faculty: Mary Foster, Chris Kontos, Andy Alspaugh

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. Members of the DoM Faculty Development Academy who join the Basic/Translational Research Branch will work with Faculty of the Academy 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 Researcher Branch of the 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.

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Clinical/Health Services Researcher

Chair: Pamela Douglas
Faculty: Kristin Newby, Dawn 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 involves knowledge, skills and goals that go beyond the traditional mentor-mentee relationship; these areas can benefit from a faculty development “coach.” Members of the Faculty Development Academy who join the Clinical/Health Services Research Branch 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 Researcher Branch of the 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.

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Administrator Path

Chair: Cathy Wood, Vice Chair for Administration
Faculty: 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.

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Education Scholar

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

Members of the DoM Faculty Development Academy in the Education Scholar Branch work with faculty of the academy 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. Specific goals of this branch include helping members gain the knowledge, skills and resources needed to design, implement and disseminate high quality projects.

This includes skills in curriculum development, knowledge of education research methods, identification of experienced mentoring and funding for project implementation and evaluation, scientific writing skills, grantsmanship, project and personnel management, presentation skills, transition to academic independence, effort negotiation as well as 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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