Dr. Michael Kent, left, and Dr. Xibin Chen examine data in one of the laboratories in the Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH) at theUniversity of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kent and Dr. Chen are part of the The Comparative Cancer Center, within the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, brings together a team of veterinary clinicians and researchers working to end suffering caused by cancer and finding new treatments in the process.
Recruit faculty as needed to support strategic initiatives and for succession planning
Faculty recruitment, key to our program success, will be aligned with our strategic program plans to ensure that limited resources are targeted for maximum impact. Impediments to recruitment efforts such as lengthy selection processes, lack of updated communications or limited transition mentoring will be addressed to improve the overall experience of candidates and the final recruitment success.
In support of our strategic goal to recruit, retain and cultivate an excellent faculty we are investing in our current faculty members by sending them to education and leadership conferences. Through these experiences they will further develop their ability to lead program initiatives, promote multi-disciplinary interactions and meet the distinctive learning needs of veterinary students. In the summer of 2012, several faculty members will be attending programs about leadership, educational methodologies, outcomes assessment and more. For more info check out “Investing in our Future Leaders” at: https://secure.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/admin/default.cfm?page=deans_reports_updates
The implementation of the School’s new curriculum has resulted in some significant changes in the traditional instructional roles and responsibilities of the faculty. These changes include the assignment of some faculty as leaders overseeing team-taught curricular blocks, and the utilization of other faculty as “facilitators” in small group learning sessions with students. In order to support our faculty (Goal 6.2) and ensure that their teaching effort is being evaluated and recorded properly, a task force has been appointed by the Executive Committee to clearly define the roles and expectations of block leaders, lecturers and facilitators. The task force has been asked to submit their final report by December 31, 2012.