The Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs (PDFA) strives to meet the needs of all faculty: new recruit, junior, mid-career, senior and emeritus. Our office handles academic promotion and application for tenure, and we help faculty members achieve success and professional goals through excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and leadership. Our office reports to the Office of Academic Affairs, which oversees all three schools: Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions and is overseen by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, who is the chief academic officer for the medical center.
Faculty Affairs concerns administrative aspects of faculty membership, including academic promotion and application for tenure. Faculty Affairs policies and procedures are governed by the regulations of the university and medical school. Faculty members should be familiar with the University of Kansas Handbook for Faculty and Unclassified Staff, the system of Faculty Governance and the By Laws of the Faculty of the School of Medicine.
Hard copies of the official handbook are available in Dykes Library, the office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Office of Legal Counsel and the Office of Academic Affairs.
Faculty Affairs handles:
Our mission is to develop and retain faculty members who are successful and satisfied with their careers. Professional Development assists faculty members in achieving professional goals in the rapidly changing health care and scientific environment. We help faculty achieve excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and leadership.
Information for new faculty members:
Resources for all faculty members:
Robert M. Klein, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs (PDFA)
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
School of Medicine
1023 Wescoe Pavilion
University of Kansas Medical Center