Medical Faculty Council
The Medical Faculty Council (MFC) has long provided a forum for faculty discussion and communication with School leadership. However, the Council had been inactive in recent months, as its role had become increasingly unclear. With an eye toward improving faculty’s communication and connectedness to School governance (in part as a response to the AAMC Faculty Forward survey), MFC members drafted a revised charter for the approval of our School faculty, which was approved in July 2013.
Here are some FAQs that we provided at the time of the faculty vote.
Why do we need a Medical Faculty Council (MFC)?
A vital, active MFC is an important mechanism for discussion and expression of faculty views, and for improving communication between our faculty members and School leadership. Items from School leaders for information or discussion can be brought to faculty in our Departments and Centers directly by their MFC representatives, rather than solely through department chairs and center directors. Faculty concerns also can be brought directly to School leaders in the Dean’s Office by the MFC.
Why are we revising the Medical Faculty Council Charter?
Members of the MFC increasingly felt that their role was unclear, in large part because its work felt disconnected from the Dean’s Office and other School leaders. Not surprisingly, the engagement of the MFC representatives had lessened.
So how did the MFC revise the charter?
The revised charter includes the following main changes:
- Making it clear that the MFC works closely with the Dean’s Office, particularly with the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who will coordinate MFC meeting agendas with the MFC officers to ensure that the desired communication and alignment of efforts take place.
- Allowing more flexibility in how each department selects its representative, while providing for alternate representatives and accountability for engagement so that all faculty members have active representation in the MFC’s work.
- Changing the MFC officers’ structure to provide more continuity of this leadership group across the years.
- Making it clearer that, while the MFC retains the right to call special faculty meetings independent of the Dean’s Office, this is to be done only under special circumstances after consultation with the University President.
- Allowing MFC electronic voting for time-sensitive issues requiring MFC approval.
We have created this new MFC section on the SMD Office of Academic Affairs website. We will use this site to keep all faculty apprised of the new MFC’s activities.
But first we have to constitute the new MFC! We will work with the Department Chairs and Center Directors to have new MFC reps and alternates chosen as per our new charter, to be able to convene starting this fall. If you are interested in being considered to serve on the new MFC, please let your chair/center director know. We look forward to working with the new MFC and to helping them keep in closer contact with the faculty they represent across our School as well as with our institutional leaders.