Office of Academic Affairs and Career Development
Career Development

Career Development

The OAACD implements regularly scheduled seminars to address career development topics that faculty members 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 they are typically recorded. Links to all recorded seminars are included in the OAACD Weekly, a weekly newsletter for faculty, as well as on the Continuing Professional Education webpage.

Seminar Archive

Visit the CME Cloud website to view previously recorded OAACD seminars.

We collaborate with stakeholders from across the institution to increase representation and advancing the careers of faculty who are historically underrepresented or marginalized in medicine and biomedical research. We aim to build a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative culture in which all faculty, including religious minorities and foreign nationals, feel safe, valued, connected, and respected. To achieve this, we focus on addressing the drivers key to increasing representation and supporting our strategy. Learn how we're fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.

Faculty Development Liaisons are faculty members from across the institution who are interested in working with others to enhance faculty development opportunities within their divisions. Liaisons serve as an advisory group for the Office of Academic Affairs and Career Development and meet quarterly to:

  • Learn about faculty development resources available at Cincinnati Children’s and elsewhere and share with their division
  • Bring divisional faculty development needs to the group for discussion and idea generation
  • Share ideas for faculty development initiatives or programs with the group to promote collaboration or dissemination

Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Women Scholars Program

The Schmidlapp program provides grants of $70,000 a year for up to two years to women faculty who have shown promise as leaders within the institution and are at a critical stage of their career. The intention of the award is to provide career support so that more women reach the rank of Associate and Full Professor. Scholars are selected each year by the Schmidlapp committee, consisting of senior women faculty.

Learn more about the Schmidlapp Women Scholars Program

Diversity and Health Disparities Award

The Diversity and Health Disparities Research Award provides research funds for highly skilled junior faculty members from all Cincinnati Children's Departments who are underrepresented minorities and / or have a strong commitment to health disparities research. The maximum budget is $75,000 in direct costs per year for two years. The objective of this funding opportunity is to promote the career development of underrepresented faculty and to enhance the health disparities research effort at Cincinnati Children's. Up to one grant is awarded each year.

The OAACD collaborates with internal and external consultants to develop and implement leadership programs that will create a cadre of outstanding faculty leaders at all career stages and encourage faculty leaders to create a culture of service, appreciation, inclusion, teamwork, and collaboration. Junior, mid-level, and senior-level leadership programs have been implemented.

The overarching goals of all OAACD faculty leadership development programs are to enhance and develop participants’ leadership abilities and effectiveness, through:

  1. Gaining a deeper understanding of one’s “leadership foundation,” including values, leadership styles, strengths and limitations
  2. Developing a broader perspective and increasing one’s ability to utilize strategic, operational, and relational skills needed for research, clinical or educational leadership roles at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and beyond.

Faculty Leaders who Inspire Program (FLIP)

FLIP was developed for mid-level leaders, such as fellowship, medical, or research directors. The goal of this program is to enhance emotional and social competencies in leadership, improve core leadership skills, and support participants in becoming resonant and resilient leaders. Some of the topics covered during this 10-month programs include:

  • Models of leadership (e.g., shared, networked leadership)
  • Maintaining renewal and resilience as a leader
  • Achieving personal and career success
  • Courageous conversations
  • 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: recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse faculty

During each program, participants obtain 360° feedback and create personal development plans to accomplish during the program. As a culminating project, each participant completes an individual "Leadership Profile" that includes each person’s definition of leadership; chosen leadership styles; characteristics, values, and principles; and a plan as to how individual leadership strengths will be used to help Cincinnati Children's meet its mission and vision.

The OAACD has developed and launched a mentorship initiative that supports the career development of all faculty through formal and informal mentoring. The objectives of this initiative are to ensure that all junior faculty members identify a primary mentor and a career development committee, ensure that every junior faculty member has the information, tools, skills, and support necessary for them to achieve their career objectives, and improve the provision of high-quality mentoring throughout the institution.

Components of the mentorship program include:

  • Career Development Committees for junior faculty
  • Faculty Mentorship Handbook, including the following inserts:
    • Career Development Committee Guidance
    • Mentorship Agreement template
    • Questions Mentees Might Ask
    • Questions Mentors Might Ask
    • Tips for Mentees
    • Tips for Mentors
    • Mentorship Articles
    • Individual Development Plan template
    • Developmental Network Plan template
  • Mentorship seminars and symposia
  • Faculty mentoring webpage
  • New faculty orientation
  • Annual RPT workshop
  • 1:1 mentoring of faculty
  • Junior faculty bootcamp
  • Mentorship training workshops (in collaboration with UCCOM)
  • Speed mentoring events
The OAACD 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 Field Service Track, Black, Hispanic / Latino, LGBTQ faculty, Asian-American and Pacific Islander, Indigenous Peoples, and Allies groups. Other networking opportunities include writing accountability groups (WAGs), a Division Director Peer Support Initiative, and the Women in Medicine and Science (formerly Women’s Faculty Association) networking groups.

The OAACD is committed to developing resources and implementing programs to help faculty avoid or manage burnout, balance work and life responsibilities, and achieve holistic wellness and vitality.

Examples of programming and initiatives include:

  • In-depth assessments with individual divisions of the drivers of burnout and interventions to address these drivers
  • Wellness seminars, grand rounds, and other sessions integrated into leadership programs and career development seminars
  • Wellness resources
  • Mindfulness meditation workshops for faculty
  • EPIC Tips and Tricks workshops
  • Wellness symposia with national speakers
  • Wellness intranet page

Additionally, OAACD staff are members of the Cincinnati Children's Enhancing Workforce Vitality Steering Committee, led by institutional leadership, to enhance workforce vitality across the organization.

Middle School Programs

Middle School Science Symposium

The Middle School Science Symposium was created to provide students in Cincinnati with opportunities to learn about careers in biomedical research and healthcare, and to strengthen the pipeline of racially / ethnically and / or socioeconomically underrepresented women and men for careers in those fields. The students participating in the program meet and learn first-hand about the work of doctors, scientists, and allied health professionals who work in clinical and research facilities at Cincinnati Children's.

High School Programs

High School Science Symposium

Each spring all area high schools are invited to send their top science students and a teacher or counselor to participate in the one-day science symposium. The students and their advisers attend workshops on careers in medicine, allied health, and science and participate in hands-on activities throughout the medical center ranging from basic science labs to clinical experiences. Learn more about the High School Science Symposium.

Summer High School Senior Internship Program

The Summer High School Internship Program is a competitive program for graduating high school seniors in Cincinnati. Students selected work with a mentor, shadow in clinical programs, participate in research projects, and participate in a weekly luncheon series. Students work 20 hours per week for eight weeks.

Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students (BRIMS)

The Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students (BRIMS) is open to high-achieving graduating high school seniors and college freshmen from the Cincinnati area who belong to a minority group traditionally underrepresented in biomedical careers, including African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, or Indigenous People. Students work full-time for nine weeks on a mentored research project, participate in a weekly luncheon series with minority faculty, and shadow in clinical areas to explore biomedical career options. Learn more about the Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students.

Undergraduate Programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The SURF program is a biomedical research summer program designed for undergraduate students who are interested in careers in medicine or biomedical research. The program enrolls undergraduates after their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Students participate in basic, translational, and clinical research programs at Cincinnati Children’s. The SURF program includes an extensive scientific and social program. Learn more about the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

OAACD Conference Room

The OAACD conference room is available for use by faculty. It is on the seventh floor of the Kasota building, Room BN7.758. The room accommodates up to 16 people for a meeting. A computer, printer and copier are available. To reserve this room, please contact


The OAACD Library is housed inside the Office of Academic Affairs and Career Development conference room and contains books and other resource materials relevant to personal and professional development.


The OAACD maintains an active listserv and sends emails regularly about faculty development events and resources. To be added to the OAACD listserv, please email

OAACD Weekly Newsletter, Blog, and Social Media

The OAACD Weekly is the office’s weekly e-newsletter used to disseminate information about upcoming OAACD, regional, and national programs and events; relevant resources; upcoming foundation grant and award opportunities; upcoming limited submission grants and awards, the weekly NIH funding notice, recommended viewing / reading, and more. Information for the Weekly is drawn from the OAACD Blog, which is continually updated. To receive the OAACD Weekly please email You can also find the OAACD on Twitter: @CincyKidsOAACD

Intranet (Centerlink) Webpage

The OAACD intranet webpage contains numerous resources for Cincinnati Children's faculty and is updated on a regular basis. On the webpage, faculty have access to information about career development resources; grants and fellowships; leadership development opportunities; the reappointment, promotion and tenure process at Cincinnati Children's; diversity and inclusion initiatives; Cincinnati Children's policies, organization, and strategic initiatives; professional health resources; and work-life integration and resources.