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The Heersink School of Medicine is dedicated to supporting faculty in their professional development. Our comprehensive program serves the professional and career development needs of faculty at all levels of the academician lifecycle—new recruit, junior, mid-career, senior and emeritus.

Office of Faculty Affairs & Development

Learn more about the Faculty Affairs and Development office here. For general questions, please contact us at SOMFA@uab.edu.

New Faculty Orientation

A General Orientation to Heersink School of Medicine
Resources for new faculty - onboarding checklist, ONE card, parking & transportation and more
UAB Faculty Handbook
Heersink School of Medicine Faculty Handbook (PDF)

Current Faculty

Our school is dedicated to supporting faculty members in their professional development. This includes traditional career development related to promotion and tenure and also leadership development for those faculty members who aspire to make systematic change. Faculty engagement is also a focus of our activities as it is the faculty who must engage to fulfill the School of Medicine mission. Finally, improving mentorship has been a priority as there is a substantial body of evidence that shows that mentorship is important for all important faculty related outcomes throughout an entire academic career.

Appointment, Promotion and Tenure


Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Award Guidelines
Promotion and Tenure Award Proposal Instructions


General Overview 
School of Medicine P&T Process 
Practical Guide to Preparing Your Proposal 


View P&T Workshop for Assistant Professors

View Files from P&T Workshop for Assistant Professors

View P&T Workshop for Associate Professor

View Files from P&T Workshop for Associate Professor

Professional Development

Wellness Office

Growth & Wellbeing Resources

Professional Development

Mentoring Resources

Access faculty mentoring resources here.

Selected Faculty Development Topics 


Faculty Evaluation Guidelines


Faculty Factory


Annual Performance Evaluations
Negotiating for Resources
Providing Performance Feedback
Managing Interpersonal Conflict

External Activities


Guidelines for Relationships with Industry
Guidelines for Professional Leave and External Activity

Approval Form

Ready to disclose an external activity? Fill out the approval form.


General Overview 
External Employment 
Expert Witness 

Retirement Planning Resources

Meeting the Late Career Needs of Faculty

Critical Reflection on Physician Retirement

Planning for Retirement from Medicine

We reached out to a few retired faculty members and asked if they had any advice for current faculty members planning for retirement. Hear what they had to say.

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