• Opportunities and Initiatives

    Learn more about the opportunities and initiatives available through the Office for Faculty Development.

  • The OFD provides individualized career counseling to faculty members to support them in achieving their career and work-life balance objectives. Meetings can be scheduled by contacting Mallory DePalma at Mallory.DePalma@cchmc.org or emailing the OFD at faculty-development@cchmc.org.

    The OFD implements regularly scheduled seminars to address the career development topics that faculty identify as most critical to their success. Seminars are delivered by both internal and external content specialists. CME credit is offered for most seminars, and seminars are videotaped and archived for future viewing.

    The OFD collaborates with internal and external consultants to develop and implement leadership programs that will create a cadre of understanding faculty leaders at all career stages, and encourage faculty leaders to create a culture of service, appreciation, inclusion, teamwork and collaboration.

    The strategic foci of all OFD faculty leadership development programs are:

    1. Developing leaders who can lead effective, high-impact, innovative clinical, research and educational programs
    2. Training leaders to successfully recruit, retain and develop diverse faculty and staff
    3. Giving leaders the knowledge and skills to respond to anticipated national trends in academic health care; e.g.: incorporate quality of care into their programs, lead partnerships/collaborations and lead strategically in the era of healthcare reform
    Core Leadership Program

    The primary goal of the Core Leadership program is to support the achievement of the CCHMC vision and mission by assisting faculty leaders in identifying and leveraging their leadership talents. Some of the topics covered through the program include:

    • Achieving personal and career success
    • Living (and leading others to live) CCHMC values
    • Delivering difficult messages
    • Values-based leadership
    • Leading with passion and purpose
    • Financial leadership and program-building skills
    • Empowering others to lead and optimizing leadership effectiveness
    • Leading across differences and recruiting/retaining/promoting a diverse faculty
    • Work/life integration and building a personal support team
    • Charting a course for your next leadership opportunity

    In addition to launching the third cohort of this program, the OFD is also offering Booster Sessions for participants of past cohorts.

    Senior Faculty Leadership Development Program

    The Senior Faculty Leadership Development Program was the result of collaboration with the Department of Learning and Development and the Harvard School of Public Health. The primary goal of the program was to assist leaders in identifying and leveraging their leadership talents. The program consisted of four two-day modules:

    • Maximizing Leadership Effectiveness
    • Leading High Performing Teams
    • Aligning Strategy and Value-based Healthcare
    • Creating a High Value Academic Healthcare System

    The program concluded in April, 2013, and follow-up sessions for program participants are planned.

    The OFD is currently developing leadership programs to meet the needs of early and late-career faculty. The OFD can help connect faculty to coaching opportunities provided by the Organizational Effectiveness office. Lastly, external leadership development opportunities for faculty are regularly posed on the OFD website.

    The OFD has developed and launched a mentorship initiative that supports the career development of all faculty through formal and informal mentoring. The goals are to ensure that faculty members are well integrated into the institution, help faculty to define personal career objectives and achieve promotion and/or tenure, and foster a culture of excellent mentoring.

    Mentorship Program Components Include:

    • OFD Mentorship Resources
      • Mentorship Handbook
      • Career Development Committee Guidance
      • Mentorship Agreement Template
      • Questions Mentees Might Ask
      • Questions Mentors Might Ask
      • Tips for Mentees
      • Tips for Mentors
      • Mentorship Articles
    • Annual Mentorship Symposium
    • Expectation that all junior faculty have a CDC
    • Mentorship skills training

    The OFD is in the process of developing resources for late-career faculty regarding career options, retirement planning, and initiatives to equip them to effectively harness their skills and wisdom before and after retirement.

    The OFD Facilitates the development and implementation of networking groups and events that foster collaboration, psychosocial support, recruitment/retention, and career success. This effort has resulted in a number of networking opportunities for faculty with different interests and backgrounds, including work-life integration, educator specialist and Black faculty networking groups. Wine and Wisdom is an informal networking event that occurs 2 or 3 times a year where a successful faculty member shares insights about his or her career. Networking time is also built into all monthly career development seminars.

    The OFD continues to develop resources and programs to help faculty achieve their psychosocial and physical health goals and balance work and life responsibilities including development and maintenance of a professional health and work-life integration. Resources on the OFD intranet site as well as networking opportunities/support mechanisms around work-life integration are available.

    The OFD, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion has developed a strategic plan to provide the resources, training and opportunities necessary to enhance the recruitment and career development of a diverse faculty, to increase the diversity of faculty members in leadership positions, and to provide the support necessary to help them succeed in those positions. Diversity is defined broadly and includes gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and country of origin. A number of initiatives are underway including development of resource materials, networking opportunities, and leadership development opportunities.

    Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati offer numerous grantsmanship resources. The OFD maintains an extensive list of grant/fellowship resources and current opportunities on its intranet site, as does the Center for Clinical & Translational Science Training (CCTST).