New feature to offer updates from the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development exists to support the development of medical school faculty and to assure their academic success. Beginning this month, and running every other week, Vital Signs will run a new feature from our Office. Check back regularly for exciting updates related to new faculty development opportunities; information on appointments, promotion, and tenure; updates related to the wellness of the institution; event notifications; and more.

The FALD team is deeply committed to the mission of promoting faculty engagement, development, and success. Dr. Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development, believes “faculty who are actively engaged in our academic missions are more likely to be happy, fulfilled, and successful in their roles. We strive to help all our faculty to be the best they can be.”  Dr. Jordan leads the office with support from Dr. Amelia F. Drake, MD, FACS, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Lauren Westervelt, MPH, Assistant Director for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development; and Morgan Resnick-Kahle, MAEd, Business Services Coordinator.

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development (FALD, for short), oversees a multitude of programs and activities directed at all ranks of faculty, including:

  • the Academy of Educators
  • Teaching Scholars
  • Well-being-related Programs
  • Professional and Leadership Development Programs
  • Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Support and Resources
  • Post-Tenure Reviews
  • Department Chair Searches and Five-year Reviews
  • Mentoring Consulting
  • Executive Coaching
  • Faculty Orientation
  • Standing Committees Elections
  • and more!

Dr. Alice Chuang, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, says “The Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development, through their various programs including Academy of Educators and ACCLAIM, has allowed me to build a community surrounding my interests in education and to gain important skills in leadership. Dr. Jordan and her team work hard to strengthen the breadth and depth of our faculty, and we are fortunate to have such a resource at UNC”.


To learn more, visit us online at and read our regular feature in Vital Signs every other week.

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