Upcoming Events

In accordance with social-distancing guidelines, in-person events have been suspended through July. All of our leadership development programs (LEADER, ALICE, DCLP, ADVANCE UP) will continue to meet virtually. This page will be updated with any additional information regarding event changes, and any new offerings available online. Please contact facdev@dm.duke.edu with any questions. 


The School of Medicine Offices for Faculty Development and Research Mentoring are pleased to host a variety of seminars, small group workshops, and special events geared toward engaging faculty at all ranks and from all academic backgrounds. Browse our current schedule below, register for events, or consult our yearly calendar for a general outline of our program schedules.

Want to stay in touch? Regular rank School of Medicine faculty are automatically subscribed to our e-mail list. Others can join by sending a blank e-mail to sympa@duke.edu with the subject line SUBSCRIBE SOM-FACDEV.

Current Programs:

Rapid Response Coaching

In an effort to support faculty during this challenging time, the Duke School of Medicine Executive Coaching Program is offering free Rapid Response Group Coaching Sessions via Zoom.

Presented By: Executive Coaches Sharon Hull, MD, MPH, PCC and Jodi Hawes, MD

Who Should Attend: SOM Faculty

Questions? email Kyle.Nunn@duke.edu

Dates and Registration


Faculty-Focused Workshops on Strategies for Uncertain Times

A new series of workshops on identifying strategies to manage periods of rapid change and uncertainty.  All sessions will be interactive and will be tailored to meet the needs of participants. Faculty may register for as many sessions as they are interested in. Additional details are below.

Sponsored by: The School of Medicine Office for Faculty/Executive Coaching Program and the Duke Residency Professional Development Coaching Program

  • Managing Uncertainty

Wednesday, June 10, 1:30-2:30pm OR Wednesday, June 17, 2:00-3:00pm

Both sessions are the same, you only need to register for one.

Register – Wednesday, June 10, 1:30-2:30pm

Register – Wednesday, June 17, 2:00-3:00pm

  • Managing Expectations

Wednesday, July 15, 2:00-3:00pm


  • Working with Teams in Uncertainty: 2-Part Workshop

Thursday, August 13, 2:00-3:00pm AND Thursday, August 20, 9:30-10:30am


Platform: All sessions will be held via Zoom. Once you have registered you will be sent a calendar invite with the zoom meeting details.


  • Karen Steinhauser, PhD, Professor of Population Health Sciences and Director of the Duke Residency Professional Development Coaching Program
  • Sharon Hull, MD, MPH, PCC, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Director of the School of Medicine Executive Coaching Program
  • Jodi Hawes, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and School of Medicine Executive Coach

Who should attend? Content will be geared toward School of Medicine faculty and will be broadly applicable to faculty in a wide range of settings across research, teaching, and clinical care. Each session will begin with a didactic presentation, followed by smaller and larger group discussions via breakouts.

Questions? Email facdev@duke.edu 



Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals seminar has been cancelled.​​​

Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals is a full-day grant writing seminar presented by John D. Robertson, PhD, Managing Member of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC. This widely-acclaimed session provides step-by-step instructions for how to craft a winning NIH grant proposal and is appropriate for all SOM faculty who are actively writing grants. Click here for a complete session description. Space is limited and seats are expected to fill up quickly. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presented By: John D. Robertson, PhD, Managing Member, Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC

Where: School of Nursing, Christine Siegler Pearson Building, Auditorium (room 1014)

Who should attend? The content of this seminar is targeted toward SOM faculty who are actively writing grants.

Questions? Contact fiona.johann@duke.edu



A Workshop in Effective Communication: The 5 Cs of Sentence and Story

Thursday, August 6, 9:30am-2:00pm​

This half-day hands-on workshop will help faculty develop skills for improved academic writing. The workshop will address the “5 Cs” of effective writing: making sure it is complete, compelling, clear, concise, and consistent. Experienced science writer and scientific editor Joanna Downer will guide participants through strategies for improved writing and storytelling to make all of your professional communications more effective. Topics will include knowing your audience, choosing the right information, telling a convincing story, and avoiding common pitfalls. Faculty will have opportunities to practice their skills throughout the session. Content will be broadly applicable to all types of academic writing, and participants should bring a current writing project to work on (e.g. in progress manuscript, grant application, letter of nomination, or other).

Presented by: Joanna Downer, PhD, Associate Dean for Research Development

Where: Duke Medical Pavilion, Room 2W96

Who should attend? SOM Faculty who have a current academic writing project to work on (e.g. in progress manuscript, grant application, letter of nomination, or other).

Questions: Contact Fiona.johann@duke.edu

Register Here



4th Annual URiM Family Barbeque

Saturday, August 15, 5:00-8:00

Come join us at the Treyburn Country Club for a family friendly networking barbeque. Dinner, wine and beer will be served. There will be activities for the whole family, including a bounce house and face painting for the kids!

Hosted By:

  • Kevin Thomas, MD, Assistant Dean of Underrepresented Faculty Development
  • Kim Evans, MD, Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Chair, Minority Recruitment & Retention Committee, Department of Medicine

Where: Treyburn Country Club, 1 Old Trail Dr, Durham, NC 27712

Who should attend? SOM Underrepresented in Medicine, Faculty, Staff, Trainees, Learners and their families

Questions? Contact fiona.johann@duke.edu 



Getting Back to Basics

Monday, August 24, 2020, 1:30-2:30pm

Getting Back to Basics is a series of informal events designed to provide minority faculty in the basic sciences with time and space to meet with peers, build academic partnerships and create peer mentoring networks.

Meetings are held quarterly and all Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Faculty (UREF) in a basic science department or those with a PhD in a clinical department will receive an email invite.

Where: TBD

Who should attend? UREF in Basic Science Departments and UREF with a PhD in the Clinical Science department

Questions? Email fiona.johann@duke.edu 

RSVP by emailing fiona.johann@duke.edu


How to Respond Effectively to Incidents of Harassment

Tuesday, December 1, 8:30am-12:30pm

This interactive session will empower you to:

  • Learn how to effectively respond to reports of harassment, callous behavior or insensitive remarks
  • Explore ways to have a restorative conversation with parties who have engaged in behaviors that have caused harm to others
  • Model bystander interventions in your areas to create a culture where harassment and bias incidents are less likely to occur or re-occur
  • Understand institutional resources to address harassment including the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Institutional Equity, and others

About the Speaker: This session will be led by Ada Gregory, a known leader in equity, diversity and violence prevention.  Ada brings hands-on experience designing and implementing training programs to address violence, harassment and other forms of equity concerns.  Ada is the Associate Director for Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.  She is the Student Ombudsperson for Duke University, and in this capacity, she serves as a confidential, neutral resource for undergraduate, graduate and professional students to informally address any problem or concern. 

Where: Great Hall, Trent Semans Center

Who should attend: All those affiliated with the SOM are encouraged to participate.

Questions? Contact School of Medicine Office for Faculty, facdev@duke.edu

Register Here