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Get SMART About Your Faculty Review
By Bill Cooper, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs
February 23, 2018

As we buckle down for the last few gasps of cold winter air, it’s a good time to begin looking toward your conversation with your division chief or clinical supervisor as a part of your faculty annual review. These annual conversations give you a chance to reflect on your overall progress and to identify how you’d like to continue to move your career forward in the coming year.

In a few weeks, you’ll receive a link to a RedCap survey where you will be asked to review the promotion criteria for your track and then consider what you’ve accomplished in your clinical, teaching, scholarship, leadership and administrative work in the past year. The annual review also gives you a chance to set SMART goals for the coming year. 

What are SMART goals? They are the framework for planning that we use in the department so your goals can be measured and relate to something meaningful. SMART goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time Bound

For example, while a goal of “I want to be a good teacher for our fellows” is admirable, it will be hard to know whether you actually accomplished your goal when annual review time rolls around next year. “I want to prepare and deliver three lectures on [clinical topic] to the fellows in support of my teaching goals by March 31, 2019” fits all of the criteria for SMART goal-setting.

The department has a brief podcast on the website if you want more information about SMART goals.

Once you’ve completed your survey, you’ll meet with your division director or clinical supervisor to review and discuss your progress and future plans. You may be surprised to know that Dr. Webber and I review all the reports (over 400 at last count). We consider both individual and group needs so we can align the department’s faculty development resources to best support your ongoing success.

Your work for the department, our learners and the children of Middle Tennessee and beyond is incredibly important. Pausing to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and what you’d like to accomplish is an important discipline. I look forward to learning about the many great things you all are doing.

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