Analyzing AAMC Faculty Forward Survey: Part IV

Throughout the month of February, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development hosted a series of town halls to share results from the 2016 AAMC Faculty Engagement Survey. This week we conclude the series with a look at institutional strengths.

Institutional Strengths

The survey items with the highest percentage of agreement or satisfaction include the following:

    1. I am usually willing to give more than what is expected of me in my job
    2. The faculty in my department usually get along well together
    3. I am satisfied with the quality of professional interaction I have with departmental colleagues
    4. I feel that the workplace culture at this medical school cultivates collegiality
    5. My department is successful in recruiting female faculty members

Mentorship and Professional Development

Without a doubt, our faculty are our greatest strength, and we are committed to promoting continued professional development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. 

In this vein, mentorship and professional development are two areas the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development will continue to focus. Though 63% of respondents indicated that having a formal mentor at UNC is important to them, one third of respondents indicated they do not receive formal mentoring. Similarly, just 57% of respondents reported satisfaction with the opportunities for professional development at the UNC School of Medicine. 

In addition to developing tools and guidance on mentoring best practices in partnership with an ad hoc Mentoring Committee, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development is currently developing a robust faculty development strategy to expand offerings in career and professional development as well as leadership development.

Next Steps

As we continue to examine results from the Faculty Forward survey, we welcome your feedback. In the meantime, we encourage you to reach out to your Department Chairs if you have an interest in exploring your department’s data.

Direct comments or inquiries to Lauren Westervelt, Assistant Director for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development (


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