Faculty Development

Faculty Development

Faculty play a mission-critical role in all aspects of the Medical School. In the Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA), we strive to help all faculty members advance in their work as clinicians, researchers and educators. We are committed to the professional development and academic success of all Medical School faculty members through the entire faculty lifecycle. Our many programs are designed to support faculty with grant writing, manuscript preparation, leadership development and much more.

Collaborating with the Medical Educator Development Scholarship (MEDS), OFA and MEDS distributed a faculty needs assessment to establish a benchmark analysis of common competencies within academic medicine, evaluating current levels of expertise and desire to master. The assessment provided several topics within predetermined competencies related to the faculty lifecycle and asked faculty members to identify their current level of expertise and desire to master these topics. These core competencies include: Scholarship; Teaching and Learning; Professionalism; Leadership; Well-Being; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Community Engagement; Anti-Racism.

Developmental Educational Scholarship Portfolio

A growing body of work nationwide stresses the importance of medical education and educational research. To that end, OFA created the Developmental Educational Scholarship Portfolio to help faculty plan and reflect on their achievements in medical education. This initiative builds upon the work of the Medical School’s Education Scholarship Task Force Report, chaired in 2016 by University of Minnesota Professor of Medicine L. James Nixon MD, MHPE. The portfolio allows faculty to plan and present educational scholarship as part of their scholarly work, helping them capture their educational activities in one place.



The Medical School emphasizes the importance of mentoring to help faculty members succeed in all of their endeavors. OFA works to ensure that all faculty members receive the mentoring they need to excel in their professional roles and lead fruitful and satisfying careers at the University of Minnesota. Medical School faculty should consider OFA an important source of support and take advantage of a variety of mentoring resources and programs. Please reach out to OFA for additional assistance. 

New Faculty Orientation

The Medical School invites all new faculty to attend its New Faculty Orientation sessions held three times each year. These sessions provide an introduction and overview of Medical School resources, faculty development, research and mentoring opportunities, and promotion and tenure. New faculty are encouraged to register and attend a session, hear from key program leaders, and meet and network with other new faculty, peers and colleagues.

NIH Proposal Preparation Program

The NIH Proposal Preparation Program (P3) is geared toward early-career, assistant professor faculty members in the Medical School preparing their first K- or R-series NIH grant proposal. It is a highly interactive, peer grant-writing group of 10-12 members that meets 10 times during a four-month period. During each session, participants share drafts of their proposal sections and critique one another’s written material. Because writing begins immediately, P3 is best suited for faculty whose project aims and approaches are reasonably well conceptualized and who are truly “ready to write.”


Podcast Series

Our podcast series cover topics of faculty development, promotion and tenure, and other subjects of interest. The podcasts include a conversation between subject matter experts.

Workshop and Trainings

The Office of Faculty Affairs offers workshops and training as part of our Faculty Development programming. The workshops and training that OFA supports are listed below:
  • Implicit Bias Workshops
  • Bystander Training
  • Path to Publication Workshop
  • Remote Faculty Development Learning Sessions

Other Opportunities for Faculty

Learn more about other programs and opportunities for faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Social Media Resources

Social media can be a powerful networking tool for faculty members and useful for disseminating research. Faculty should consult the resources below. They contain best practices to ensure that their social media presence is used effectively and productively to connect with others and represent the University positively: