Faculty Affairs

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development is responsible for providing IU School of Medicine faculty the resources needed to ensure thriving careers that are flexible enough to change, adapt and evolve with the practice of medicine. With focuses on diversity, vitality, ongoing professional development, and promotion and tenure, this office provides both the resources and guidance to see faculty members from recruitment and appointment through to full tenure.

Led by Mary Dankoski, PhD, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, this office works closely with other members of the dean’s executive leadership team to establish and sustain a culture that promotes faculty vitality and diversity to enable faculty to achieve their highest ambitions as educators, investigators and clinicians. The Faculty Affairs and Professional Development team plans and implements a full lifecycle of faculty development activities and learning experiences that ensure effective recruitment, appointment, retention and promotion of the school’s faculty.


Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development hosts more than 100 workshops, seminars, mentorship opportunities, programs and events each year and produces valuable guidance and resources on teaching, grant writing, leadership and academic policy. With these tools, IU School of Medicine faculty can enrich their careers, students and the communities they serve.

Promotion and Tenure

It is critical that faculty understand academic advancement, also known as the promotion process. Preparing for promotion should start the day that you become a faculty member. Promotion in rank at IUSM recognizes faculty accomplishments and contributions to the school’s missions of service, research and teaching. It is these three missions that constitute the “areas of excellence”. No matter the track (tenure or non-tenure), when a dossier is reviewed, all faculty are assessed on their body of work, scholarship and reputation in their area of excellence. The preparation of a dossier takes a significant amount of time and must be planned carefully. Thus, it is important to understand the explicit criteria.

Promotion and Tenure


Awards and Committees

Because honoring outstanding teaching, research and service is an important part of the school’s culture, the Faculty Affairs and Professional Development team recognizes faculty educators who shape the learning and working environment of IU School of Medicine.

Award Recipients

Nancy L. Swigonski, MD

Nancy L. Swigonski, MD

Professor, School of Public Health
Dr. Swigonski received the 2015 Outstanding Community Engagement Award for demonstrating creative leadership, innovation and long-term effectiveness as a leader in the community engagement field.

The 2015 Inspirational Educator Award was awarded to Dr. Kevin G. Rodgers in recognition of extraordinary teaching, based on the growth, development and professionalism of learners.

Recruitment, Appointment and Policies

Recruiting top talent, particularly into leadership roles, is one of the most important ways to shape the future of an academic health center. Since 2010, IU School of Medicine has been working to improve the search-and-screen process at the executive level. Through this process, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has created a standardized process and toolkit of resources designed to make faculty recruitment more efficient and effective.

Faculty Steering Committee

IU School of Medicine’s excellence hinges on the engagement and vitality of its faculty. The work of the Faculty Steering Committee plays a crucial role in this regard. This committee is the principal representative body of school faculty, has representation from all IUSM standing committees and collaborates with IUSM administration, IUSM campuses and Indiana University. The Faculty Steering Committee is responsible for advising the Dean on policies, regulations and procedures to achieve the educational objectives of the school, promoting excellence in all mission areas and ensuring the highest standards of professionalism.