Strategic Planning

6.2. Provide a supportive environment to foster faculty and staff success

Our faculty and staff provide the backbone of our success and efforts to recognize their contributions and support their career success are a high priority. This strategic initiative will work on faculty, staff and leadership mentorship programs, identify and promote faculty and staff strengths, develop programs to provide seed funding to support junior faculty and bridge funding for senior faculty, and pursue projects that ensure a supportive work environment.

a. Implement a faculty compensation plan

  • Work towards market-driven compensation.
  • Recognize faculty contributions in clinical, research, education and service areas.
  • Develop accurate information on market salaries; consider local cost-of-living.
  • Offer incentives to promote teamwork and collaboration.

b. Recognize staff contributions in clinical, research, education and service areas.

c. Establish faculty, staff and leadership mentorship programs to ensure career success.

  • Build upon best practices that exist within the SVM and in other UCD schools.

d. Identify and promote faculty and staff strengths, internally and externally.

e. Provide seed funding to support junior faculty and bridge funding for senior faculty.

f. Ensure a supportive work environment and appropriate work-life balance.

  • Identify supportive services needed
  • Retain expertise to facilitate cultural changes needed to enhance the work environment

g. Maintain a commitment to supporting sabbaticals; retain replacement faculty as needed.

Current Actions
  • Fostering Faculty Success
    Recently 22 faculty participated in the Faculty Leadership Training opportunity called "Make Meetings Work," led by Gene Crumley. Strategies were presented to optimize the functionality, efficiency and success of committees conducting the business of the school
  • Promoting Wellness
    Noon time wellness programs are offered for all faculty, staff and students. Active Aggies (circuit training) will begin January 17 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays in the former Scrubs facility - Med Sci 1B. Tai Chi is being offered on Tuesdays in 2017 Valley Hall.
  • SVM Featured by UC Davis Athletics
    On Saturday, November 11, the school’s faculty, staff, and students, who provided assistance to the animal victims of the recent California wildfires, were honored by UC Davis Athletics during the quarter break of the UC Davis vs. Southern Utah football game. On Sunday, November 12th, the school was honored as the "featured school" at the Women’s Basketball Game.
  • Celebrating Staff
    More than 200 staff participated in the annual Staff Appreciation BBQ hosted by school leaders. Attendees enjoying food, games, raffle prizes, music and camaraderie in a celebration of the extensive staff team that keeps the school’s teaching, research, clinical service programs and administration running smoothly.
  • Outstanding Staff Contribution
    In the latest edition of Heartbeat hospital technician Jason Peters, RVT, RLAT is recognized for his work to create a new State-of-the-Art large animal CT table that will improve how scans on horses are performed.
  • Veterinary Hospital Recognizes Outstanding Staff
    The school's 1,500 staff go about their work with dedication each and every day. Recently the veterinary hospital held its 2017 staff awards ceremony to recognize some of these outstanding individuals including: Stacy Zindel, Theresa Varland, Michele Santoro, Gabe Gil, Michele Ortiz and Rob Warren.
  • Recognizing Outstanding Contributions
    The Alex A. Ardans Tulare Branch Laboratory of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System was officially dedicated Friday, October 28th, honoring the outstanding contributions of former director and long-time faculty member Alex Ardans, an expert in the field of veterinary diagnostics. Ardans oversaw the operational transition of the laboratory system from the state to the school, and he led the subsequent successful partnership between the school and CDFA for more than two decades.
  • Celebration of Success
    At the annual Celebration of Success event held November 17, 2016 the school's leadership proudly recognized those faculty colleagues who achieved promotion or a high level of advancement during the 2015-16 year. More than 40 attendees were honored for their hard work and success.
  • Recognizing Staff Contributions
    Dean Lairmore and faculty leaders hosted a Staff Appreciation BBQ Friday, September 2nd to recognize and thank staff for their essential contributions and support for our faculty, students and animal patients. The festivities included refreshments, music, games, prizes and general camaraderie.
  • TGFS - Staff Celebration
    At the annual campus Thank Goodness for Staff event, the VMTH joined in the celebration to promote patient care services and employee discounts for UCD staff. At the event, approximately 500 people subscribed to the Heartbeat electronic newsletter, spun the wheel to win a prize, learned about the VMTH's Community Practice Service and outreach efforts such as the Yappy Hour puppy socialization class.
  • Promoting School-wide Collaborations
    The Annual Faculty Dinner, attended by more than 100 faculty, is one of many efforts organized to promote faculty interactions for potential collaboration opportunities. With such a large and diverse faculty team this annual event is orchestrated to encourage faculty who don't normally see each other on a regular basis, to have the opportunity to meet and discuss professional interests in a comfortable and informal setting.
  • Celebrating Faculty Success - At the annual Fall Faculty Reception the school welcomed new faculty to the vet med community and honored colleagues with awards for outstanding teaching, research and clinical excellence. This well-attended event pays tribute to both the promise of our faculty contributions for the future and recognizes the achievements and high standards set by the preeminent faculty of today.
  • SVM Safety and Training Resources - To further support our SVM Community, the School's safety team has developed a new web site on VIPER for SVM faculty, staff and students. The goal is to have safety resource materials, training, SOP's, policies, and web links available in one location. The web site features: Lab Safety; VMTH Safety; Safety policies, manuals and emergency action plans; An extensive list of training resources/links; How to report injuries; Forms & Checklists and much more.
  • Staff Provide Key Support - Thank Goodness for Staff Week here at UC Davis is a chance to thank our hardworking staff who provide key support for all of our missions - teaching, research, service. Over the next couple of weeks please remember to recognize these dedicated individuals supporting our classroom and laboratory teaching, greeting clients and performing lab tests in support of patient care, research staff overseeing experiments and assisting graduate students, and administrative staff keeping the schools operations running smoothly. Staff contributions benefit us all!
  • Promoting Faculty and Staff Success - At the inaugural meeting of the SVM Honors and Awards Committee, faculty and staff participants discussed opportunities to support the recognition of outstanding contributions by members of the School’s faculty and staff community.
  • Recognizing Clinical Staff Contributions - Dean Lairmore and Director Wilson hosted two VMTH staff recognition events. These receptions were part of a series of six events spaced out to accommodate the more than 400 VMTH administrative, technical, laboratory, client services, and daytime/night time staff crews. These unsung heroes work day after day to assist our faculty and students in their teaching, learning and patient care activities. Thanks to these dedicated individuals, the hospital runs smoothly and every one of the 47,000 cases that come through the hospital each year are well supported.
  • Leadership: Mentoring Faculty, Staff and Students (Download pdf)
  • Center for Career, Leadership and Wellness Update (Download pdf)
  • A series of One "Hour" Leadership Education Seminars have been organized and are being offered to the School's faculty and staff.
  • Dr. Jonna Mazet elected to National Academies Institute of Medicine
  • S.P. Leadership & Mentoring - 2013 Download pdf
  • Integration of Work and Life (6.2.) Visit Website
Past Actions
  • New Faculty Profile Web Pages
    With help from our SVM Computing and Technology Services team, Academic Personnel, Department MSOs, and the participating faculty, the new Faculty Profile Web Pages were recently launched. These fresh, new web pages capture data on faculty electronically from the MyInfoVault (MIV) database and populate this standard faculty template. The pages will be updated annually from the MIV database thereby ensuring a regular schedule for revising information. Faculty are encouraged to keep their MIV data up-to-date to ensure that all documents generating from MIV, including these web pages, have consistent and current information. Faculty web pages are viewed by prospective students, faculty colleagues, donors, clients and many other constituents and are one way we promote faculty strengths and expertise, and showcase the faculty by department or areas of focus.
  • Leadership Mentoring
    In support of our goal to mentor faculty and staff in leadership skills for professional career success we have launched a leadership workshop series for 20 faculty and 40 staff. The first session entitled “Mental Models” was led by Gene Crumley, Chair of UC Davis Extension’s Business and Leadership Department. He engaged the groups in exploring the different approaches individuals take to address the same issue or problem. Based upon our various backgrounds and experiences, as individuals we all look at the world through a different “lens” which provides a focus or frame of reference. The mental models held by individuals are powerful tools which helps us make decisions and be effective in daily life. By understanding that other members of community approach the same challenge with a different focus, allows for increased communications, collaborations and sometimes the avoidance of unintended obstacles.
  • Progress Report – June 2013 – Faculty and Staff Success Download pdf
  • Faculty and Staff Success (6.2.) Download pdf
  • Leadership Retreats (May & June)
    To kick off the strategic planning activity a leadership retreat was held in May for the Strategic Planning Implementation Team. Participants discussed leadership and communication strategies, team building, networking, and characteristics of highly functional teams. Dean Lairmore discussed the roles and responsibilities of the strategy champions and administrative liaisons and the communications and reporting expectations. An additional session was held in June for team members unable to participate in the May retreat. Additional leadership training opportunities will be developed for this group and the School’s broader leadership team members in the future.
  • Development of a Work-Life Balance Web Site
    Maintaining a balance between multiple work-related demands on time with personal responsibilities is a significant challenge for both faculty and staff in academic institutions.  An initial effort for the SVM strategic goal 6.2 will be to develop a SVM work life balance web site.  This web site will provide quick links to UCOP and UCD web sites allowing SVM employees to rapidly access information on childcare services, eldercare, leave policies and other ways to better integrate work with personal life.  Additional links to external sites from other universities with unique resources will also be provided in an easy to navigate format.  

    While this new web site is under construction, SVM employees can locate UCD resources through the following links:

    Faculty Information: 
    Staff Information: 
    UC Davis WorkLife: