- Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Faculty Council shall be a body of elected delegates that provide the means by which the Faculty can expeditiously discharge its responsibility to deal with and initiate educational and academic policy matters which transcend departmental responsibilities. Members will be the Faculty’s voice and liaison with the Dean’s Office and the Chair’s Council. Faculty Council meetings shall generally be open to any faculty member who wishes to attend. Faculty may also seek additional College-related guidance by clicking here to access the Faculty Handbook.
Terms of Office
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The Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement, in collaboration with other CHS leadership, shall host orientation meetings at least once a year for new faculty members joining the College.
The orientation meeting will be led by the Associate Dean and Office of Faculty Advancement staff with input from Faculty Council Chair. Others from within and outside CHS will participate based on specific areas of focus.
Information to be presented to new faculty may include:
The Faculty Handbook shall serve as the basis of information provided during orientation.
Faculty development and mentoring are important responsibilities jointly shared by College faculty and administration. The orientation process for new faculty begins when the faculty member accepts a position. The Department Chair provides the new faculty member with written materials pertaining to rights and responsibilities and expectations for new faculty prior to the faculty member’s arrival on campus. The Human Resources (HR) Administrator in the Office of Faculty Advancement and Clinical Engagement (OFACE) uses the CHS onboarding checklist to ensure that faculty members are provided with necessary equipment and materials and acquaint them with specific procedural requirements consistent with HR policies. The OFACE and Department ensure that all necessary documentation is filed and dossiers are prepared according to university guidelines so that the appointment process proceeds smoothly. Faculty are provided with funding annually to support participation in faculty development activities.
The OFACE conducts Orientation in a series of sessions, beginning in August, including participation from various administrative units within the College and key resources from other elsewhere in UK. Topics include 1) history and background of the College; 2) Who’s Who in the College and how to navigate college procedures and processes; 3) Annual Performance Reviews; 4) Annual Distribution of Effort processes; 5) How to be a successful instructor and researcher; 6) Promotion and/or tenure processes; and 7) College and University resources. Orientation documents are provided in a handbook or electronically.
The University provides a New Faculty Orientation in early fall each year, and all College of Health Sciences new faculty are strongly encouraged to attend.
The CHS provides a structure for formal faculty mentoring with oversight by the CHS Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement. To facilitate 1:1 mentoring, the Associate Dean and the Department Chairidentify appropriate mentoring faculty for each new faculty member. With the agreement of the CHS senior faculty member and new faculty member, the mentor-mentee relationship is established for two years. The mentor and mentee may choose to continue the relationship beyond the expected two-year commitment. The content and structure of the mentorship is individualized based on the needs and preferences of the pair. The Interactive Mentoring Map from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is used as a model to facilitate development of a matrix of support for each faculty member.
Meetings with the Department Chair about Distribution of Effort allocation, Faculty Performance Review, and 2- and 4- year reviews provide faculty members with additional opportunities to assess skills and progress and to discuss faculty development strategies. Department Chairs and faculty provide suggestions to the Associate Dean regarding faculty development needs, and these form the basis for periodic workshops and activities available to all CHS faculty. In addition to these activities, periodic Grantsmanship sessions are provided through the CHS Office of Research. Faculty are encouraged to attend university-sponsored faculty development opportunities throughout the year. They also are provided with funding and release time to attend and participate in professional meetings.