Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs

The University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado are large institutions whose success depends on excellence in our faculty missions of education, clinical care, research and discovery, and service. We know that our faculty are the most valuable resource in maintaining our nationally respected leadership position among pediatric academic medical centers.

The Department of Pediatrics Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs offers support services and career guidance, and maintains helpful information for faculty regarding appointments, policies, and promotion and tenure. We hope our efforts assist faculty members in setting meaningful goals and in pursuing paths to successful, fulfilling careers.

The Department of Pediatrics Office of Faculty Affairs is committed to the success of all faculty members in the Department. Our goal is to promote faculty advancement and well-being by providing tools to successfully navigate a career at the University of Colorado. The resources provided here are not intended to replace what many sections are already doing, but rather to enhance any existing programs and ensure all faculty have a foundation for a fulfilling career.

Successful academic careers are the result of thoughtful planning and knowledgeable guidance. A defined career plan is an essential “road map” for reaching your goals. Use the resources below to develop your own plan and to find colleagues who can advise you along the way.Under this section, you will find information tailored to early career, mid-career, and senior-career faculty.

Early career faculty have less than 7-10 years of faculty experience in their fields. Early career faculty should  focus on procuring and maintaining the mentoring, training, and resources necessary as they begin to define their career paths. Career development will vary by area of focus, training, interests, and anticipated faculty series. Please refer to the Faculty Handbook [link will be inserted] for additional details on career development.

Mid-career faculty generally have more than 7-10 years of faculty experience in their fields. Mid-career faculty should focus on achieving excellence in their chosen career path, e.g. building on accomplishments as early career faculty towards a path of increasing independence, focusing on primary areas of interest, actively mentoring trainees and early career faculty, and developing leadership skills. Please refer to the Faculty Handbook [link will be inserted] for additional details on career development.

Senior-career faculty generally have more than 14 - 20 years of faculty experience in their fields. Senior faculty should focus on adding to their accomplishments; contributing to the missions of our department; making an impact on the next generation of clinicians, educators, and scientists; and, in many cases, becoming leaders at the local, regional, national, and/or international levels.

The Department of Pediatrics views mentoring as an important aspect of faculty professional and career development. Our Office of Faculty Affairs, along with the School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs, is dedicated to enhancing faculty development through our mentoring program, especially for junior faculty.

Mentoring is a reciprocal and collaborative learning relationship in which mentor and mentee agree to a partnership and share responsibility and accountability toward the achievement of mutually defined goals that will develop a mentee’s skills, abilities, knowledge, and thinking.

Learn more about our mentoring policy, navigator program, and other School of Medicine resources through these links below.

Mentor Navigators will help faculty identify potential mentors and provide objective assessments of career and research plans. The concept of a Mentor Navigator has been developed to augment, not replace, the role of any established faculty mentor or mentoring team.

Mentoring Resources

APP Mentoring Program

Career Cornerstones
A series of half-day quarterly skill-building workshops targeted toward assistant professors in years 1-4. The program accepts one new cohort per year.

Clinical Faculty Scholars Program (CFSP)
Helps emerging investigators obtain a career development award (e.g. K08, K23), or a first independent project award (R21, R01 or equivalent) via development of an individual career plan and regular individual mentorship from four experienced senior researchers

Colorado Immersion Training (CIT)
Brings together experts in community engagement to help investigators address the community relevance of their research activities as well as to help communities ask and answer questions about their health

Colorado Mentor (CO-Mentor) Training Program
Provides evidence-based strategies to teach mentor/mentee pairs the practical skills they need for mentoring success

A search engine which helps investigators and students find experts, potential collaborators, or mentors both at AMC and across the nation

Colorado Research in Implementation Science Program (CRISP)
A learning community that provides seminars, eBooks, textbooks, and other resources for Pragmatic Trials & Dissemination/Implementation Research

An entrepreneurial training that and uses proven customer-discovery methodologies for startups and guides teams through the early stages of discovery where they can test their business model hypotheses for their technology/idea and thereby accelerate the translation of innovations from the lab to clinical practice

KL2 (K12) Research Scholar Awards
Provides career development to train awardees to obtain individual funding via participation in monthly mentoring/career development sessions and the annual national CTSA consortium meeting

Optional Clinical Research Training and Resources
Available for study coordinators and investigators and cover issues such as UCD IRB processes, budgeting for a clinical trial, recruitment and informed consent, FDA audits, and good clinical practice guidelines. View regulatory tools and forms.

PreK and K to R Review Programs
Grant pre-submission mock grant review processes for faculty who are submitting their first K- or R-level application to the NIH and provides internal review prior to submission to increase the chances for success

Research Studio Program
A 90 minute structured, collaborative roundtable discussion with relevant research experts to help investigators with specific questions and is based on models from industry that demonstrate that multidisciplinary content experts can increase research impact. The service is free and funded by the CCTSI

    The Department of Pediatrics Academic Affairs Office provides guidance for and oversees the processes of assigning academic rank for new hires, mid-point reviews for assistant professors, academic promotion, and awards of tenure.

    Mark Abzug, MD, serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, and Nancy Krebs, MD, MS, serves as Associate Vice Chair for Academic Affairs. Rhonda Buckner and Nikki Ruderman are the administrative support for the Department of Pediatrics Academic Affairs Office.

    For resources and guidelines for faculty in the School of Medicine, please visit the School of Medicine’s Faculty Affairs website

    For information specific to faculty within the Department of Pediatrics, please visit the Academic and Faculty Affairs intranet page “Promotions and Tenure.” Note you will need to log in with your University of Colorado credentials to access the intranet.

    For complete School of Medicine information about promotion/appointment processes and rules, promotion/appointment criteria, awards of tenure, and dossier preparation, see the School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Page.

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    As the Department of Pediatrics combats COVID-19, the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs has compiled a number of resources we hope our faculty and staff will find applicable and helpful. This list is regularly monitored and updated.

    Thank you to our CU Anschutz Department of Medicine and CHCO Talent Development Team partners for their contributions to this growing resource page.

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    Academic Affairs

    Contact for questions regarding

    • Scheduling an appointment with Mark Abzug or Nancy Krebs
    • Faculty promotion process including
      • Nominations
      • Dossier preparation
      • Mid-Point Review
      • Promotion readiness
    • Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    Faculty Affairs

    Contact​ for questions regarding

    • Scheduling an appointment with Andrew Sirotnak about faculty concerns, feedback, or questions
    • PRiSM (Performance Review in the School of Medicine) 
    • Faculty Forum
    • Career Cornerstones
    • Faculty Handbook
    • New Faculty Dinner
    • New Faculty Orientation
    • Academic and Faculty Affairs webpages
    • Early Career Faculty Interest Group (ECFWG), events, and webpage
    • Mid-career Faculty Interest Group (MCFWG), events, and webpage
    • Senior-career Faculty Interest Group (SCFWG), events, and webpage
    • PhD Faculty Working Group (PhDFWG), events, and webpage
    • Instructor Faculty Working Group (IFWG) events, and webpage

    Vice Chairs


    Mark Abzug
    Vice Chair for Academic Affairs

    My role is to provide counseling to faculty on academic rank and advancement and guidance regarding midpoint, promotion, and tenure reviews. I serve as Co-Chair of the Department of Pediatrics Promotions and Tenure Committee.


    Nancy Krebs
    Associate Vice Chair for Academic Affairs

    I support the Department of Pediatrics’ academic actions for faculty including appointments, midpoint reviews, promotions, and tenure awards. I directly assist faculty by providing counseling and reviewing CV’s, dossiers and activities related to their academic position. I co-Chair the Department of Pediatrics’ Promotions and Tenure Committee, and maintain a close liaison with the SOM Office of Faculty Affairs.


    Andrew Sirotnak
    Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

    My Vice Chair role for all department faculty is to provide a venue for confidential support, career satisfaction counseling, and assistance with conflict management. I manage initiatives in mentoring, faculty development and the annual PRISM performance review process.


    Gene Liffick
    HR Program Director

    Rhonda Buckner
    Talent Management & Academic Affairs Coordinator

    Justin Lotspeich
    Faculty Affairs Coordinator​

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