NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Role of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs (ADFA) role in NSM has many duties and responsibilities. In short, virtually anything related to faculty (tenured/tenure-track and non-tenure track) is within the scope of the ADFA. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting departments with faculty recruiting, offer development, hiring, retirement, emeritus nominations
  • NSM new faculty orientation
  • Coordination of the promotion and/or tenure and third-year review processes
  • Faculty teaching excellence awards
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Faculty grievances
  • Overseeing College committees (Promotion and Tenure; Instructional and Clinical Promotion; Committee on College Governance; Policy Committee)
  • Aid and advise department chairs
  • Faculty conflicts of interest
  • Faculty entrepreneurship/intellectual property
  • College bylaws and strategic plan
  • Navigate the policies and procedures in order to find ways to achieve a desirable outcome
  • Everything else that comes up relating to faculty

Faculty, particularly those new to UH, should take advantage of the ADFA and get in touch prior to coming to UH and also early in their time at UH. This is particularly true for those pre-tenured faculty since there is a lot of advice that can be given that would take years to implement.

The ultimate goal for the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs is to support, advocate for, and advance faculty success at all levels of the institution.

NSM’s Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs is Jim Briggs, jbriggs@uh.edu.