The Office of Faculty Diversity & Mentorship at Penn Dental Medicine is committed to enhancing both the diversity of the School’s faculty and the quality of academic life, providing mentoring and opportunities for professional development. Our initiatives are outlined in the action plan document:
- Increasing Faculty Excellence through Diversity at Penn Dental Medicine
These diversity initiatives support Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence, developed to help recruit, retain, and mentor an ever more distinguished and diverse faculty.
- PDM Affirmative Action Report
The Associate Dean of Faculty Diversity & Mentorship:
- Oversees all faculty recruitment efforts, to ensure outreach to a broad applicant pool and unbiased assessment of candidates.
- Oversees and expand the Penn Dental Mentoring Program (Faculty Mentoring Guidelines).
- Ensures that Penn Dental Medicine faculty members have access to opportunities for professional development regarding teaching, grant and manuscript writing and networking opportunities.
Faculty Development Resources
NCFDD is a leading provider of professional development in higher education. It provides access to the mentoring, tools, and support needed to be successful in the Academy. It focuses on strategic planning, explosive productivity, healthy relationships, and work-life balance.
FAN is a new consortium of National Research Universities collaborating to Advance diversity and inclusion in the American Professoriate.
The Center for Teaching and Learning promotes teaching excellence at the University of Pennsylvania. For instructors at all levels — from senior faculty to teaching assistants — CTL offers individual teaching consultations, workshops, and discussions in which instructors talk with and learn from each other.
Many current leaders in academic dentistry are alumni of the AADS Summer Program Career Development for Faculty Leaders: An Immersion Workshop. ADEA has recreated and refreshed this well-regarded program for junior faculty members, whether joining faculty after a residency or after private practice. This three and half day program covers topics such as leadership styles, team building and time management that are essential to planning and implementing a successful academic career.
ELAM’s year-long program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. Nearly 700 senior women leaders have participated in the program since 1995. ELAM alumnae make up 25 percent of the executive positions in academic medicine and dentistry that are held by women.
Penn Forum for Women Faculty
The Forum for Women Faculty was conceived and developed by women faculty across all twelve schools at Penn, with support from the Office of the Provost and the Trustees Council of Penn Women, to build a community of women scholars that enriches the University. The Forum provides networking and skills-building opportunities and advocates for policies promoting equity for women faculty.
FOCUS is a program at the Perelman School of Medicine designed to improve the recruitment, retention, advancement and leadership of women faculty. It offers numerous workshops, including a Lunchtime Seminar series exploring a broad range of topics, including faculty development.
The mission of Penn’s Women’s Center is to understand and address the evolving needs of all women at the University of Pennsylvania, redress gender inequity and, in so doing, support and advance women’s personal and professional development and empower them to reach their fullest potential.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Penn, one of the oldest and most active programs of its kind in the country, supports Penn lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, staff, alumni, and faculty and increases the general Penn community’s understanding and acceptance of its sexual and gender minority members. Established in 1982, the Center provides a variety of services throughout the year for and concerning Penn’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty manages appointments and promotions; supports University initiatives to enhance faculty recruitment and retention; provides resources, policies, and information; collaborates with peer institutions on important initiatives for faculty; and advances Penn’s commitment to gender and minority equity for faculty. Additionally, the Office also maintains the Handbook for Faculty and Academic Administrators.
In order to provide comprehensive services to researchers throughout the University, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research coordinates the Office of Research Services, Office of Regulatory Affairs, University Laboratory Animal Resources, Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, and the Center for Technology Transfer. Additionally, this office provides information regarding funding services and research opportunities; intramural funding for members of the Penn community; coordination of the grant application; selection and competition process; and a variety of other functions.
This site contains information relevant to all current and prospective health science faculty. Topics include research activities, scientific writing, career management, teaching effectiveness, and technology training.
These links include information on the NIH, its Office of Extramural Research; funding opportunities and notices; the grant process; applications and forms; and electronic research administration.
Other Useful Links
Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Programs
Penn Children’s Center
Penn Dental Medicine Library
University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library
University of Pennsylvania Principles of Responsible Conduct
University of Pennsylvania Human Resources
University of Pennsylvania PennCard Center
University of Pennsylvania Almanac
Dr. Hydar Ali
Associate Dean of Faculty Diversity & Mentorship