New Faculty Orientation

Starting a new faculty appointment is an exciting and challenging opportunity, and whether you joined Duke this month or last year, the School of Medicine Office for Faculty wants to make sure you have the tools and support to hit the ground running and to navigate your career here. The 2020-2021 School of Medicine Academic New Faculty Orientation will be structured as a series of seminars held over the course of six months, beginning in September. The entire series will be repeated twice between September 2020-September 2021 to give you more than one scheduling option for each session.

NFO Topics

Academic New Faculty Orientation will address the following topics:

  • Welcome and Institutional Overview
  • Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure (separate sessions for basic and clinical departments)
  • The History of Duke in Durham and Health Disparities
  • Funds Flow in the School of Medicine
  • Professionalism and Bystander Interventions
  • Faculty Development Resources
  • Navigating the Research Mission (separate sessions for basic and clinical/data sciences)

Full Schedule

Cycle 1:  

  • Welcome and Institutional Overview – September 24, 2020, 9-10am 
  • Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure in the Clinical Sciences - October 22, 2020, 3:30-5pm 
  • Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure in the Basic Sciences – October 23, 2020, 1-2pm 
  • The History of Duke in Durham and Health Disparities - November 12, 2020, 9-10am 
  • Funds Flow in the School of Medicine - December 11, 2020, 10:30am-12pm 
  • Professionalism and Bystander Interventions – January 15, 2021, 9-11am 
  • Faculty Development Resources - February 18, 2021, 9-10am 
  • Navigating the Research Mission (basic science focus) - March 9, 2021, 1-4pm 
  • Navigating the Research Mission (clinical/data science focus) - March 10, 2021, 9-11am 

Cycle 2:  

  • Welcome and Institutional Overview - April 13, 2021, 4-5pm 
  • Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure in the Clinical Sciences - April 29, 2021 (tentative), 9-10:30am 
  • Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure in the Basic Sciences – April 27, 2021, 9-10am 
  • The History of Duke in Durham and Health Disparities - May 12, 2021, 9-10am 
  • Funds Flow in the School of Medicine - June 10, 2021, 9-10:30am 
  • Professionalism and Bystander Interventions – July 27, 2021, 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Faculty Development Resources - August 16, 2021, noon-1pm 
  • Navigating the Research Mission (basic science focus) - September 23, 2021, 9am-noon 
  • Navigating the Research Mission (clinical/data science focus) - September 21, 2021, 3-5pm 

Who Should Attend?

All SOM faculty hired in the past three years are strongly encouraged to attend the full series. All are welcome, but material will be geared toward faculty hired in the last 3 years.

Where will these sessions be held?

Sessions will be held via zoom or webex for the foreseeable future. As the pandemic evolves we will consider a shift to in-person only when social distancing and safety guidelines allow.

How does this relate to other orientation activities? 

These sessions complement existing PDC and departmental onboarding efforts. Faculty with clinical appointments should continue to work with their PDC Integration Coordinator on clinical onboarding activities. Faculty conducting research should also connect with the Duke Office of Research Initiatives to schedule a 1:1 researcher onboarding session.

Who should I contact with questions? 

Questions can be sent to Jessica Womack in the School of Medicine Office for Faculty at jessica.womack@duke.edu.

How do I register?

Click here to register for seminar dates

Couldn't make it to last year's orientation but still want to learn more? Below are handouts and presentations from 2019 orientation programs.

Policies of Note

The most up-to-date information on university policies can be found through the Office of the Provost in the Faculty Handbook http://provost.duke.edu/faculty-resources/faculty-handbook/ including:

•             Flexible Work Arrangement Policy and Form (ch. 4)

•             Leaves of Absence and Tenure Clock Relief (See page (ch. 4)

•             Policies Related to Research (Appendix P)

•             Harassment Policy (Appendix W)

Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance Policies

Office of the Provost, Policies and Resources for Faculty Use

Policy on the Appropriate Treatment of Learners

SoM Statement on Faculty Professionalism