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.
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.
The Department of Pediatrics is committed to creating a diverse environment for faculty, fellows, residents, staff and students.
A primary lever in this work is our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, which is comprised of representatives from faculty and staff across the Department of Pediatrics and supporting communities. This committee seeks to promote the recruitment, retention, professional excellence and the overall well-being of individuals and teams who reflect the diversity that is Pediatrics. Members of the committee are also entrusted with leadership in facilitating open and safe discourse within our academic and medical community that will help us grow the professional and cultural experience of the Department of Pediatrics.
For more information about our committee, please contact Brandi Freeman, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rhonda Buckner at email@example.com.
Coaching for Vitality, Engagement, and Well-being . . . reconnect to your purpose and passion
After a two-hour coaching kick-off, you would participate in a three-month engagement with five sessions every other week each being one-hour long.
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Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Well-Being and Resilience, Medical Director of Provider Well-being for Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Director of Faculty Well-being, Department of Pediatrics.
To engage Jenny, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Professor, Department of Pediatrics
To engage Andy, please email email@example.com
CHCO Updates (Requires CHCO login)
Department of Pediatrics Faculty Handbook (2019 edition)
Department of Pediatrics Instructor to Senior Instructor to Assistant Professor Policy (2019 edition)
School of Medicine Faculty Resource Guide (2019 edition)
DOP Research Intensive Faculty Funding Plan FAQ 2019
Department of Medicine Junior Faculty Mentor Program (JUMP)
Researcher Management & Leadership Training is an open online course on the global learning platform Coursera. This course is targeted to early career researchers and mentors who believe that modern scientific careers require management skills and want to be research leaders—especially current and future principal investigators. The curriculum is designed to deliver skills to effectively implement funded projects, thereby enhancing research career success. Research leaders take on a number of new roles, rights, and responsibilities—as scientific leaders, financial administrators, managers, and mentors. This course explains how to optimize the people, teams, and finances for which you are responsible. Course content includes an action learning plan, and lessons on leadership, finance and administration, starting, growing and maintaining teams, and mentorship. Content includes 150 video didactic lessons, personal stories, and Q&A interviews with early career researchers, senior scientists, and administrative leaders from Anschutz.
Society for Pediatric Research "Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion Toolbox"
Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being This curated collection highlights tools ready to be deployed and strategies to address systems issues related to health care worker burnout.
Children's Hospital Colorado Conference Room Finder
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Map
A faculty working group for instructors, senior instructors, and APPs of any years of experience.
A faculty working group for PhD research faculty of all ranks and years of experience.
A working group for faculty with up to seven years of faculty experience in their fields. The group focuses on supporting early career faculty including with topics that include mentoring, training, and resources necessary as they begin to define their career paths.
A working group that supports faculty who generally have between seven and thirteen years of total experience in their field, regardless of rank or institution. A maximum of 6 members will be elected for a three-year term. The primary charter for this group includes pathway to professor planning, resourcing, and mentoring, increasing awareness of specific faculty needs, provider wellness, and growing networking opportunities across fields and ranks.
A working group that supports faculty who generally have more than thirteen years of total experience in their field, regardless of rank or institution. A maximum of 6 members will be elected for a three-year term. The primary charter for this group includes identifying and raising awareness of specific faculty needs, provider wellness, generating new opportunities for connections to earlier-career faculty, succession planning, long-range planning including career transition and retirement, and emeritus faculty engagement.
GREAT is a group of women faculty leaders across CU Child Health and Children's Hospital Colorado who aim to provide resources, support, education, and community to advocate for faculty in CU Child Health employed by CU who identify as women, transwomen/transfeminine, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and gender queer. We are not a governing body or reporting entity and will refer to existing campus resources and entities as appropriate.
Faculty employed by CU, please complete this form to request support from GREAT. The form is for non-emergency requests, and you will be contacted by a team member within 3 business days.
Subscribe to the GREAT email listserv for future correspondence.
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.
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
Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS)
A year-long professional and executive training program for senior and mid-career faculty tailored to the needs of academics in the biomedical, clinical, and health sciences
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
PRiSM is an online system to facilitate data collection and ensure faculty performance reviews are comprehensive and standardized across the School of Medicine. PRiSM allows faculty members to work on their performance reviews throughout the year to track major teaching, research, clinical, and community outreach accomplishments. There are also sections to capture publication, grants, patents, and honors and awards.
All full-time School of Medicine faculty members employed by the University of Colorado at 0.5 FTE or above are required to complete an annual review. Faculty members receive a CU performance rating during the annual review.
PRiSM helps facilitate the review process with leadership. Once a faculty member completes their review, they submit it to their manager who will have an opportunity to look over the faculty member’s performance review and make comments. This online facilitation helps augment the required face-to-face annual performance reviews.
Access the PRiSM Demo website where you may walk through the software year-round
DOP PRiSM FAQ Sheet (revised 2021)
School of Medicine PRiSM Guide (revised 2021)
The Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Colorado team members—including faculty, staff, and leadership—have alignment on core shared values. Our standards of behavior include professionalism across our work in patient care, education, and research settings. As a department, we acknowledge our obligation to create and to sustain an environment of respect and a positive culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all times and across our affiliated institutions and clinical and educational settings, as articulated in the School of Medicine’s Professionalism Code of Conduct, Teacher-Learner Agreement, and Faculty Promise and as affirmed in every faculty contract and letter of offer, a culture of respect and compassion is essential to achieving excellence in education and patient care. As faculty, it is our obligation to treat all learners (students, residents, and clinical and post-doctoral fellows), patients, colleagues, and co-workers with respect, compassion, empathy, and tolerance.
The DOP Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs is the initial resource for any professionalism concerns. We provide a confidential, open-door safe zone for all faculty support. Conflict assessment, mentorship issues, and individual or group informal mediations are some offerings. We can provide options and coaching on addressing concerns with departmental or School of Medicine leadership. Provider wellness work includes helping groups to improve culture and morale. Our partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Human Resources Talent Development Team offers additional target coaching and support.
We are also an information hub for referral resources on the CU Anschutz campus and within the University. Below are key resources with links to important professionalism resources within the University of Colorado and School of Medicine.
SOM Office of Professional Excellence (OPE)
The SOM Office of Professional Excellence (OPE) provides a private resource to obtain a fair and equitable process and resolution for all matters pertaining to professionalism concerns regarding residents, fellows, staff members, and faculty in any school or college on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The primary goal is to help those who have been involved in an incident to return to being valued and productive members of the Anschutz Medical Campus community. It is not to provide discipline or to be punitive, but rather to help work through those things which will most benefit a full and realistic recovery from difficult situations.
The CU Anschutz Office of Professional Excellence (OPE) provides a central resource for resolving all concerns related to professionalism. The OPE seeks to promote and advocate for professionalism as an essential ingredient for achieving excellence. The OPE also provides a safe environment for reporting unprofessional behaviors. The resources of the OPE are available to all students, residents, fellows, staff and faculty members, in any school or college on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Would you like to acknowledge a DOP faculty member or trainee who is an exemplar in professionalism? Please submit their nomination!
The CU Ombuds Office is a safe, confidential, nonbiased resource that can be accessed to discuss, voice, and clarify any university-related concerns. Operating as a voluntary, impartial, informal, independent, and confidential third-party resource, the ombuds is available to hear individual complaints and help identify options for resolving those concerns. Staffed by well-trained professionals skilled in listening, facilitating, recommending, mediating, and coaching, the office also offers trainings and seminars.
The Office of Equity was created to help CU Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus build and sustain a just, equitable, and welcoming culture free from discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. The Office of Equity provides resources related to Discrimination, Affirmative Action, Title IX, Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, Equal Opportunity (EEO), and Disability. The Office of Equity responds to all reports of harassment or discrimination and is available to all members of the University community.
The CU Office of Equity’s stated mission is to strive to stop, prevent, and remedy discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and any related retaliation; provide education, training and outreach; and design policies and procedures to make our campus safer and to ensure all individuals are treated with dignity, compassion, and respect. The OE administers the Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policies and enforces the CU Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships Policy, Equal Opportunity Employment, and Affirmative Action Plans. Self-guided online trainings and in-person educational sessions are offered. All faculty and employees are required to complete the Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct training administered by the OE.
CU Ethics and Compliance Program
The University has adopted an institutional Ethics and Compliance Program that is intended to support[SA1] a culture of ethics and compliance within the university community. Faculty, staff, and students who work on behalf of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are responsible for conducting themselves within the law and in keeping with the ethical standards of the university and the State of Colorado. Visit these websites for information about compliance-related resources and materials:
Office of Regulatory Compliance
Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct This course is designed to provide UCCS faculty, staff, student employees, and affiliates the most current information on the policies and procedures administered by the Office of Institutional Equity. This can be found in your CU faculty portal in Skillsoft Training by searching for the title.
Resources for Teachers
All faculty members are expected to review the Teacher-Learner Agreement,which outlines the guiding principles for ensuring a positive climate for learning, along with school’s curriculum objectives, the student supervision policy and other important resources related to faculty teaching obligations.
Faculty members have a special obligation to understand learner mistreatment, why it occurs, how it is defined, why it is important, and how it impacts students, colleagues, team members, and patients. For resources and helpful teaching guidelines, see Responsibilities and Resources for Teachers.
All clinical teachers should review the document, Working with Your Students: Avoiding Miscommunication and Mistreatment (5-Minute Clinical Faculty Orientation).
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.
Nancy Krebs, MD, MS, serves as Associate Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Mark Abzug, MD, serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs. Rhonda Buckner is the administrative coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics Academic Affairs Office.
Mark Abzug, MD
As Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, I oversee the Academic Affairs program of the Department of Pediatrics, including appointments, midpoint reviews, promotion, and tenure awards. I provide counseling to faculty on academic rank and advancement and promotion readiness and provide guidance regarding midpoint, promotion, and tenure reviews. I serve as Co-Chair of the Department of Pediatrics Promotions and Tenure Committee, provide support to the Department of Pediatrics Midpoint Review Committee, and represent our department to the SOM Office of Faculty Affairs. I collaborate with the Associate Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Associate Vice Chair for Volunteer Clinical Faculty, and Associate Vice Chair for Provider Faculty Well-Being and Resilience. I can be contacted with questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and through Rhonda Buckner, Department of Pediatrics Academic Affairs Coordinator at Rhonda.Buckner@childrenscolorado.org to schedule an appointment.
Brandi K Freeman, MD, MS
As the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) for the Department of Pediatrics, I am responsible for the multiple dimensions of DEI within the DOP. I work closely with our Children’s Hospital of Colorado partners, pediatric faculty, and DOP Section and School of Medicine leadership to further our mission of DEI. I chair the Department of Pediatrics Diversity and Inclusion committee made up of faculty and staff committed to furthering our DEI mission and vision. Contact me directly for questions/consultation related to DEI issues or our coordinator Rhonda.Buckner@childrenscolorado.org for scheduling an appointment.
Tim Givens, MD
My role as Vice Chair for Clinical Operations is—as leader of a an excellent team of professionals skilled in business support, data analysis, process improvement, and project management—to oversee all clinical activity within the DOP; to develop systems and processes that enhance productivity and efficiency in clinical care delivery; and at the same time foster an environment that allows our faculty to flourish and experience joy in their interactions with patients, families, and other clinical care team members. This body of work encompasses definition of faculty work effort (CFTE) and assigning credit for a wide variety of faculty clinical experiences; integrating this clinical effort with our other academic missions and tying it to section budgets through the CARE model initiative; gathering and analyzing data to make the case for hiring to meet workforce needs; refining workflows to promote a more enjoyable clinical experience and decrease burnout (EMR enhancements, scheduling initiatives, top-of-scope personnel assignments, telehealth opportunities, etc.); and assisting in the creation of novel clinical programs and services (2nd opinion, e-consult, diagnostic dilemma clinic, precision medicine, immune dysregulation service, etc.). For these and related issues, contact me directly or my assistant Selina.Ostberg@childrenscolorado.org to schedule an appointment.
Dave Keller, MD
As Vice Chair for Clinical Strategy and Transformation, I work with our faculty to adapt their practice to the rapidly changing work of value-based payment in the public and private sectors, and I represent the child health perspective in discussions with policy makers throughout the University as well as in State and Federal governments. I oversee initiatives in a variety of areas such as e-consults, integration of behavioral health services, outreach clinics, care coordination, primary care redesign, and Medicaid supplemental payment projects within the DOP. I collaborate with our Vice Chairs of Finance, Clinical Operations, and Policy and Advocacy to support a diverse portfolio of initiatives with the DOP. Contact me directly or my assistant Selina.Ostberg@childrenscolorado.org to schedule an appointment.
Mary Kohn, MD
As Associate Vice Chair for Volunteer Clinical Faculty, my overall goal in this role is to recognize and serve the community faculty who share in the Department of Pediatrics’ teaching mission. My charge is to recruit, retain, and reward the volunteer clinical faculty. This work involves outreach to providers, encouraging them to precept our medical and physician assistant students as well as residents. I oversee the Community Faculty Affairs Committee, appointments and promotions, and communications. I work with the DOP’s education team to help fill their needs for preceptors. Current initiatives include creating educational programming, improving recognition, and helping to transition community-based providers into the new Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum. Please contact me directly at email@example.com
Nancy Krebs, MD
As Associate Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, I advise on academic appointments, midpoint reviews, promotion, and tenure awards. I counsel faculty regarding their academic progression and promotion readiness. I serve as Co-Chair of the Promotions and Tenure Committee, support the Department’s Midpoint Review Committee, and represent our department to the SOM Office of Faculty Affairs. I work closely with the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Associate Vice Chair for Volunteer Clinical Faculty, and other DOP leadership. I can be contacted with questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org , and via Rhonda Buckner, Academic Affairs Coordinator at Rhonda.Buckner@childrenscolorado.org.
Jenny Reese, MD
Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Well-Being and Resilience, Medical Director of Provider Well-being for Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Director of Faculty Well-being, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. In these roles, Dr. Reese will help lead efforts to promote well-being through individual practice training and systems-based efforts. Peer support programs and team-based interventions are available. Dr. Reese leads the CHCO Faculty Well-being Advisory Committee. If you would like more information about this committee or are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Reese at email@example.com
Andrew Sirotnak, MD
My role as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs is to provide a venue for confidential support, career satisfaction counseling, assistance with conflict management, mediation, and professionalism concerns. I oversee faculty initiatives in mentoring, faculty development, and the annual PRISM performance review process. As this large scope of work is fundamental to successful faculty career advancement, I collaborate with our vice chair for Academic Affairs colleagues. I also partner with DOP associate vice chairs for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Provider Faculty Well-Being and Resilience. I am starting work with the DOP and Children’s Colorado Talent Development on an integrated approach to coaching services. Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or support or our Faculty Affairs Coordinator Justin.Lotspeich@childrenscolorado.org for appointments.
Ron Sokol, MD Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research
Randy Wilkening, MD Vice Chair for Clinical Practice
Shale Wong, MD Associate Vice Chair for Policy and Advocacy
Faculty members experience numerous stressors throughout their careers. Increasing regulatory burdens and evolving care delivery models create more administrative responsibilities that leave less time for patients and students. Clinical adverse events frequently result in emotional turmoil and distress for everyone involved.
Developing resilience leads to a more satisfying career and lowers the risk of burnout. By embracing wellness and improving personal resiliency, faculty members can reconnect with the meaning of their work and fend off stress. Reducing or eliminating burnout also has practical implications for the entire department such as improving patient safety, student advancement, and the overall campus environment.
Dr. Jenny Reese serves in the role of Medical Director of Provider Well-being for Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Director of Faculty Well-being, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. In these roles, Dr. Reese will help lead efforts to promote well-being through individual practice training and systems-based efforts. Peer support programs and team-based interventions are available.
Dr. Reese leads the CHCO Faculty Well-being Advisory Committee. If you would like more information about this committee or are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Reese at email@example.com
Faculty Well-Being Advisory Committee – Anschutz Medical Campus
Faculty Well-Being Advisory Committee – Colorado Springs Campus
CHCO Faculty Well-being Advisory Committee Charter
Leading Statement: Developing resilience among health care providers is essential and attainable1. There is increasing discussion about the impact of physician burnout on patient experience, and health care quality and safety2. Resilience is also an important factor in career satisfaction and success, improving work as teachers, and enhancing professionalism and institutional culture of well-being. A coordinated effort to promote resilience and well-being for Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO)-based faculty and medical staff is needed. Our vision is that in the future, resilience and well-being is integrated and enculturated into everything we do—a set of behaviors we practice every day, not simply when someone needs help.
The Purpose of this committee is to:
Success Criteria / Measures
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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.
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.
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.
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