Faculty Development

DR. DAN HAN CAPITALIZED ON CHANCE TO HELP FELLOW FACULTY ADVANCE

With work featured in Newsweek, National Geographic, BBC, and NPR, UK’s chief of the division of neuropsychology, Dan Han, PsyD, CELM, FANA, is used to wide, even international, attention.

But this year he took the stage before an audience closer to home, sharing his extensive expertise with early-career UK College of Medicine faculty through hosting professional and career development sessions, an initiative from the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development to promote continuous learning.

Given the opportunity to support the development of early-career faculty, Dr. Han focused on what he considers an essential challenge. Although crucial to career success, benchmarks in professional growth are seldom explicitly addressed in academia. Dr. Han’s presentations offered advice on achieving “operational definitions of success.”

“I discussed, in particular, defining tangible metrics in faculty career development,” he said. “It’s easy to get lost in the weeds, amongst the daily grind of clinic, teaching, and research. I thought helping early-career faculty define what is important for them for their pursuits would be a tangible contribution. Operational optics are important. After all, we are all supposed to practice in an evidence-based fashion.”

The Zoom presentations were a great success. “I was humbled to receive much positive feedback,” Dr. Han said, recounting the positive responses from participants at all stages of their careers.

The experience benefited not only the participants but also the presenter. Characteristically, Dr. Han refers to solid evidence in making this point.

“The longest-running study on happiness, the Harvard study that started in 1938, suggests that generativity—a concern for establishing and guiding the next generation—is a key variable in establishing a happy, meaningful life,” he said. “So, my contributions were certainly not selfless.”

This new initiative from the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development proved to be a substantial addition to the college’s career development opportunities. Dr. Han “absolutely” recommends these sessions to other academics, clinicians, and researchers.

“We are all in a helping profession here at UK College of Medicine,” he said. “You help yourself by helping others. One cannot progress and develop as an academic clinician unless one helps others in their development.”

“We are all in a helping profession here at UK College of Medicine. You help yourself by helping others. One cannot progress and develop as an academic clinician unless one helps others in their development.”

—Dr. Dan Han

COLLEGE ORGANIZES PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS

When Zoom became the norm for meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development used this as an opportunity to expand mentorship opportunities. The office offered more than two dozen professional and career development sessions throughout the 2021 fiscal year, providing faculty and colleagues with information and interactive learning opportunities that helped enhance their careers, both as presenters and attendees.

FACULTY EARN PROMOTIONS TO ADVANCE CAREERS

The College of Medicine promoted 65 faculty this fiscal year, including 10 who were awarded tenure. Marking an exciting time in their professional careers, the newly named associate professors and professors were honored through a reception and via signage outside the dean’s office.

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INTRODUCES LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE COLLEGE FACULTY

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development initiated an innovative, more engaging way of introducing faculty to the rest of the College of Medicine, with an aim of building community from the start of their faculty role. The office collected answers to survey questions – including favorite books, favorite hobbies, and former institutions – from new faculty members. The communications team then put these responses together in a newsletter format for the College of Medicine to get to know their new colleagues.

THE YEAR IN NUMBERS

1,329 Faculty Members

Medical students, graduate students, postdocs, residents, and fellows benefit from the college’s experienced faculty.

65 Promotions

Sixty-five faculty were promoted this year.