A Pharmacy Faculty Academy to foster professional growth and long-term retention of junior faculty members

Am J Pharm Educ. 2008 Apr 15;72(2):32. doi: 10.5688/aj720232.


Objectives: Implement a Pharmacy Faculty Academy designed to foster professional growth of new faculty members in an outcomes-oriented, "frames"-based manner and to evaluate the impact on faculty satisfaction and retention rates.

Design: A Faculty Academy was designed based on critical themes relevant to junior faculty members and important symbolic, structural, human resource, and political considerations. The year-long program included concentrated sessions during the first 4 weeks of employment followed by longitudinal activities requiring an advancing level of faculty performance.

Assessment: Qualitative and quantitative metrics for engagement and professional growth improved dramatically during the implementation period. The 21 faculty members who completed the program from 2005-2007 provided positive feedback.

Conclusion: An individualized, systematic approach to faculty development resulted in more highly engaged and productive faculty members who were more likely to remain long term within the College.

Keywords: faculty; faculty academy; faculty development; orientation; professional growth.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Faculty*
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / methods*
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Personnel Turnover
  • Staff Development / methods
  • Workforce