Office of Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Development was established in 2009 with the following mission: To faciliate development of Department of Pediatrics faculty to be national and international leaders in scholarship, clinical care, and teaching. To accomplish this mission, we support our faculty through recruitment, onboarding, structured mentoring and educational programs, assessment, faculty diversity and inclusion and scholarship.

Office of Faculty Development Fast Facts

Our Team

William CooperWilliam O. Cooper, M.D., MPH
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics
Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

Joseph GiganteJoseph Gigante, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Education

SimmonsJill H. Simmons, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Mentoring Programs

Kecia CarrollKecia Carroll, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

Jo Foster
Administrative Manager
(615) 322-2226

How we support faculty

Faculty recruitment Onboarding for new faculty
  • Coaching interviews in the first two weeks of a faculty member’s appointment
  • First 100 Day Plan
Structured mentoring programs
Educational programs
  • Monthly workshop series on career development
  • Podcasts, videos, small group sessions, clinics
  • Workshops at national meetings
Faculty Appointments and Promotions
  • Assembly of promotion packets
  • Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee
Faculty Diversity and Inclusion


  • Annual Reviews
  • Physician scientist mentoring committees
  • Review by Promotions Committee
  • Coaching
  • Program evaluation
  • Curriculum development and dissemination