Career Advancement

MCW is a place where faculty know their careers and lives can flourish. The Office of Faculty Affairs is focused on ensuring career advancement for faculty across their lifespan—from New Faculty Orientation through retirement. We provide guidance to faculty by identifying avenues for advancement and offering resources and trainings to help prepare for each progressive step in their careers.


New Faculty Orientation - The purpose of the session is to welcome new faculty to MCW and provide them with the tools, resources and connections to start their careers successfully. As part of orientation, there is an overview presentation on MCW as well as presentations on benefits, faculty engagement and faculty development. There are also opportunities for networking.

Career Advancement Workshops – We offer programming specifically designed to meet each faculty member at their level of need throughout their career. Our Career Advancement Workshops include discussions about the role of self-promotion and career planning, discussions about career goals and objectives, review the promotion processes at MCW, provide tips and tricks for CVs and Portfolios, and allows faculty the opportunity for personalized CV review and mentoring with members of leadership groups across the institution including the Rank Committees.

Workshops include annual offerings for assistant professors considering promotion to associate through the Academic Advancement Workshop. Associate professors considering promotion to professor or for tenure are encourage to attend the Mid-Career Workshop.

What I Wish I Had Known Before I Retired: A Conversation with MCW Retirees - A panel of retired MCW faculty share their knowledge and experience of transitioning through retirement with MCW faculty looking ahead to their retirement.


The Rank Committees of each School are responsible for recommending promotion in rank as well as appointment of new senior faculty. The University Rank & Tenure Committee is responsible for the recommendation of award of tenure. Faculty on these committees are at the rank of associate or full professor.

Four parallel paths exists for the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin:

  • Traditional Path
  • Clinician-Educator/Educator Path
  • Clinician-Administrator/Administrator Path
  • Research Path

Promotion/Appointment to one of these paths is determined on the basis of the faculty member’s activities and effectiveness in relation to the criteria.

Faculty Career Development Committee (FCDC)

The Faculty Career Development Committee (FCDC) is responsible for actively supporting the continued growth and development of all full-time, full professional effort and part-time faculty members. The committee assesses faculty development needs, makes recommendations, assists in their implementation and measures their effectiveness.

Faculty Collaboration Database (FCD)

The Faculty Collaboration Database (FCD) was developed to foster collaboration between faculty members of the Medical College of Wisconsin and with other members of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The goal of the FCD is to support and enhance the research advances, patient care needs, educational excellence and business requirements of MCW.


The Office of Faculty Affairs provides assistance in the nomination or application process for many awards and programs. Below is a list of several of these honors.

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  Distinguished Service Award

Each year the Distinguished Service Award (DSA), MCW's highest faculty honor, pays tribute to a maximum of three current or former full-time faculty, volunteer faculty, or staff members for their significant and distinguished contributions to the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Any member of the MCW faculty may submit nominations for this award. Nomination packets will be reviewed by a committee comprised of DSA recipients from the previous two years which will submit no fewer than six candidates to the Office of the Dean. Final nominees will be selected by a representative group of the Executive Committee of the Faculty voting membership, the Dean of the Medical School and the President. The award is conferred during the Convocation ceremony each September. 

  ELAM Program

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women accepts applications every fall. Currently, four out of the 15 women deans at US medical schools are ELAM alumnae. At MCW, too, we have a very distinguished group of ELAM alumnae - which is a feather in the cap of our institution.

The ELAM Program is the only in-depth national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health to effect sustained positive change as institutional leaders. ELAM's intensive one-year fellowship program of executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, and networking and mentoring activities supports ELAM Fellows as they move into positions of institutional leadership where they can effect positive change.

For more information, visit Drexel University's ELAM Program website or contact the MCW Office of Faculty Affairs at (414) 955-8666 or

  Faculty Service Award

Faculty provide service to MCW through their work on the MCW Faculty Council. Through these faculty members' efforts, we advance MCW's mission to (1) be a national leader in education and development of the next generations of physicians and scientists; (2) discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical sciences; (3) provide cutting-edge interdisciplinary and compassionate clinical care of the highest quality; and (4) improve the health of the communities we serve.

The Faculty Career Development Committee (FCDC) seeks to affirm the importance of this work by recognizing those individuals who have provided outstanding committee service during the academic year.

Selected faculty will receive a Faculty Service pin and recognition letter at a fall MCW Faculty Council meeting and their names will be listed in various MCW publications.

  President's Diversity and Inclusion Award

MCW's President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, residents, trainees and community members that contribute to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership. Recipients should demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multi-cultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives.

Areas of Achievement: Success in leading and enhancing diversity and inclusion efforts can be demonstrated in many ways. Nominations should be based on demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • Activities to recruit, retain, and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of MCW faculty or staff.
  • Activities to attract or recruit students who increase the diversity of MCW or to help ensure the success of those students.
  • Activities to create leadership teams and organizations that promote a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Sponsorship or active promotion of programs, initiatives, or projects in the area of diversity and inclusion.
  • Collaboration with campus or community groups in the creation, sponsorship, and implementation of programs, initiatives, or projects in the area of diversity and inclusion.

Nominations can be submitted by individual employees (including supervisors, direct reports and peers of the nominees), students, student organizations and community based organizations.

The Diversity and Inclusion Awards Selection Committee will choose a maximum of two award recipients per year. Award recipients will be honored during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and their names will be added to an awards plaque. Each President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award includes a $2,500 prize.

  Society of Teaching Scholars

Conceptualized in the late 1980’s by Herbert M. Swick, MD, then the MCW Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Society's mission was to “by example and action, stimulate innovation in medical education and represent excellence in education in faculty forums”.

Since its twelve charter members were installed at the college-wide convocation exercises in September 1990, the Society has elected three new members annually over its fifteen year history, with sixty installed members drawn from fifteen different specialties/disciplines. Activities and events include:

• Sponsorship of the National Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) teaching award receipt as a visiting professor at an annual symposium.

• Selection of the award recipients for the Edward J. Lennon Endowed Clinical Teaching Award and the Marvin Wagner Preceptor Award.

Each year since 1990, three full time MCW faculty have been elected to the MCW Society of Teaching Scholars (STS) whose mission is to, by example and action, stimulate innovation in medical education and represent excellence in education in faculty forums.

  Vitality Award

The Faculty Vitality Award is intended to promote academic vitality, career development, and clinical and/or research productivity within a flexible structure which recognizes the value of scholarly development as well as the need to balance this with other professional responsibilities.

Designed to support faculty members who wish to pursue a significant career objective in a formalized manner and in a concentrated period of time, the Award(s) provides limited financial support for faculty-defined projects anticipated to benefit both the faculty member and MCW.

All faculty with six or more years of full time or full professional effort service to MCW at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher are eligible to apply for the Awards. Awards are subject to merit review by the Faculty Career Development Committee (FCDC). Following initial review, the FCDC will recommend meritorious grants to the Dean of the Medical School who will make the final determination based on the information, recommendations, and level of available funding.

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  Community of Innovators Awards

MCW's Community of Innovators Awards acknowledge the extraordinary passion, leadership, and efforts of MCW's teaching and research faculty. There are three awards, the Faculty Innovator Award, the Early Career Faculty Innovator Award and the Social Media Innovator Award.

Each award may be used for laboratory or educational materials, professional development, travel and library materials, or other endeavors to support continued excellence in innovation.

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