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Faculty Career Development

The UR CTSI offers career development opportunities for faculty at all stages of their careers, including two three-day skill-building courses and a consultation service to improve mentoring relationships:

Academic Career Mentoring Consultation Service

This service provides a supportive infrastructure for both new and seasoned mentors and their protégés to improve the mentoring relationship and ultimately increase the number of investigators who obtain mentored research career awards.

We offer a series of educational workshops designed to foster better mentoring skills by addressing common challenges such as giving feedback, diversity and cross-disciplinary mentoring. In addition, we offer an online mentor course with readings and vignettes that address specific situations. Mentors post their responses to these vignettes and can attend a workshop to discuss their responses. Get a free individual consultation with a member of the mentor development committee by submitting a request to the UR CTSI Research Request Dashboard.

Consultations may address the following:

  • Finding a mentor: Meet with a member of our mentor development committee for advice on where to find a mentor and how to build a mentor team.
  • K-Award applications: Early-stage faculty applying for mentored research career awards (K01, K08 or K23) can receive feedback on their mentoring plan, supporting letters, career goals and institutional environment with respect to career development activities. Proposal draft and any reviews should be submitted along with current NIH-style CV from both protégé and mentor. Mid-career faculty applying for K24 or other training grants can also apply for similar feedback after submission of a draft of their grant application and CV.

Early Stage Faculty Boot Camp

This free, three-day career development course, offered in the fall of odd numbered years, is designed to help senior instructors and assistant professors at URMC identify the skills they need to advance their careers. The course will be held October 29–31, 2019 and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. For more information, contact course directors Ronnie Guillet, M.D., Ph.D., or Janine Shapiro, M.D.

Registration for the October 2019 course is now closed.

Course Topics

  • Career Advancement
    • Promotion
    • Writing a career development plan
    • Identifying a mentor, being a protégé
    • Professionalism
  • Resources
    • UR CTSI
      • Clinical Research Center
      • Biostatistics
      • REDCap/informatics
      • Regulatory science
      • Certificate courses
    • Miner Library
    • Office for Faculty Development
  • Research
    • Early career grants
    • NIH funding for early stage investigators
    • Editors’ panel
    • Community engagement
  • Education
    • Advancing your career as an educator
    • Transforming your educational activities into scholarship
    • Development of an educator’s portfolio
  • Wellness and work-life balance

Career Engagement, Revitalization, and Transition

This free, three-day course, offered in the fall of even numbered years, is designed to help associate professors and professors identify additional resources and further develop necessary skills as they advance through the phases of their academic careers. The next course will be held in the fall of 2020 and registration will open in June. For more information, contact course directors Ronnie Guillet, M.D., Ph.D., or Janine Shapiro, M.D.

Course Topics

  • Administrative and leadership opportunities – which, when, why, how
  • Communication skills – teamwork, conflicts, negotiation, professionalism
  • Wellness and Time Management
  • URMC and University-wide resources
  • Transitioning from K to R
  • Career development for medical educators
  • Changing directions
  • Part-time vs Full-time appointments
  • Transitioning to retirement