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Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA)
The mission of the GFA is to build and sustain faculty vitality in medical schools and teaching hospital. The GFA does this by supporting faculty affairs deans and administrators in their development and implementation of institutional policies and professional development activities that advance the academic missions of teaching, research, and clinical care.
In September 2006, the AAMC Executive Council approved a proposal to establish the new Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA). The GFA supports institutional leaders in the development and enactment of policies and programs that advance the academic missions of teaching, research, and clinical care.
The GFA supports the work of faculty affairs professionals by:
- Facilitating dialogue, debate and communication on emerging issues and challenges to faculty in medical schools;
- Developing and sharing effective policies and strategies;
- Fostering professional development of faculty relevant to faculty and institutional policies and practices and career pathways;
- Encouraging research and scholarship relevant to faculty and institutional policies and practices; this includes measuring and analyzing outcomes of professional development;
- Promoting professional development of faculty affairs professionals; and
- Collaborating with other AAMC Groups, Councils, and constituencies to create synergy that contributes to faculty vitality and thriving institutions.
2014 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award Call for Nominations
The Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) of the AAMC is pleased to announce its call for nominations for the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award. The award serves to honor members of the faculty affairs community who exemplify the spirit of phronesis through dedicated and selfless service to faculty vitality.
Phronesis (fro-NEE-sis): Acting for the welfare of others without thought for the self; seeking and enabling heroically the development and success of others.
Please consider nominating a colleague for demonstrated commitment to enhancing faculty well-being and promoting faculty vitality. We seek nominations of individuals that have made broad and deep contributions in the areas of faculty affairs and/or faculty development.
The annual Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award will be presented at the 2014 GFA Professional Development Conference.
Submission deadline: April 7, 2014
Call for 2014 GFA Steering and Subcommittee Nominations
Nominations are now open for the Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) Steering Committee and Subcommittees. This is an exciting opportunity to work with faculty affairs and faculty development leaders from across the country to contribute to the variety of professional development activities of the GFA.
The following positions are open for 2014:
2. Steering Committee Faculty Member-at-large: up to 1 position
3. Steering Committee Professional Administrative Staff Member-at-large: 1 position
4. Communications Subcommittee Member: up to 2 positions
5. Membership & Nominating Subcommittee Member: up to 3 positions
6. Professional Development Subcommittee Member: up to 4 positions
7. Program Planning Subcommittee Member: up to 2 positions
8. Research & Project Development Subcommittee Member: up to 1 position
All GFA members are eligible for election to a Steering Committee Member-at-large position or appointment to a subcommittee position. The Chair-elect is chosen from individuals who either serve currently, or have served within the past three years, on the Steering Committee. Professional administrative staff members who are also GFA members are eligible for the Professional Administrative Staff Member-at-large position. Steering Committee or subcommittee membership is a three year commitment.
To nominate yourself or a colleague, submit a brief (one page) statement of interest that includes a biosketch, photograph, and number of years in a faculty affairs role. Nominations are submitted electronically to email@example.com by Monday, April 7, 2014.
Elections will be held in April for Steering Committee membership and the Chair-elect position. Subcommittee membership is determined by the Steering Committee in May.
This new collection features articles and reports published in Academic Medicine that are about issues important to faculty: development, mentoring, leadership, career tracks, and more. This collection is updated bimonthly by Academic Medicine journal staff.
Evolution of Faculty Affairs Article Published in Academic Medicine
How have faculty affairs and faculty development offices grown in the last ten years? The "Evolution of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development Offices in U.S. Medical Schools: A 10-Year Follow-up Survey" is now available as an ahead-of-print electronic publication on the Academic Medicine Web site. The authors hope that the information obtained will assist existing and new medical schools determine the optimal roles, responsibilities and distribution of effort for their own offices of faculty affairs.
Last year, the GFA Steering Committee undertook an extensive strategic planning process using feedback from the GFA membership through a survey and focus groups with key stakeholders. The steering committee used this feedback to define important goals to accomplish between now and 2015 to meet our mission and serve the needs of faculty affairs and faculty development leaders and their institutions.
GFA Membership and How to Get Involved
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Jul. 17-20, 2014
Future GFA Professional Development Conferences
2014: Jul. 17-20 - Boston
2015 GFA and GDI Joint Professional Development Conference: Jun. 25-28 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
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