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.

New in 2018 is the Faculty Development Academy Leadership Curriculum led by Cary Ward, MD.

Learn about the Leadership Curriculum

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 in 2018! 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.

View a list of current Academy members and alumni

(My mentor) gave me both big picture advice on putting together the K08 application and asked some of her mentees if she could share some of their awards with me. On the day I was actually submitting the grant, she helped in a very detailed way, fielding questions and helping me through the process.

 Katie Garman, MD, on Academy mentoring


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.

View a list of current Academy members and alumni

It was nice to work with someone who works outside of my research area. It was good to have a different perspective and think outside of the box.

 Leonor Corsino, MD, MHS, on Academy mentoring 


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.

View a list of current Academy members and alumni

I had this idea of developing a QI course, but I didn't know how to reach out to contacts and talk about what I wanted to do. I think some of the opportunities came to me just by my being enrolled in the Academy.

Mamata Yanamadala, MBBS