3. AUPN Chair - Career Level: Creating a Culture within your Neurology Department

Date/Time: Monday, October 22, 2018 - 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Type: Professional Development Course
Area: Career Development
Room: Regency VII

Session Overview

Moderator: L. John Greenfield

The job of running an academic department has been compared to herding cats; faculty members have their own individual strengths and weaknesses, goals and needs, and if left alone tend to pursue their own interests with little regard for the overall goals of the department chair or the institution. Departmental goals may include high levels of clinical performance, improved research grant and publication productivity, outstanding educational achievement and improved financial performance. Aligning faculty and department goals to ensure consistently high level of performance across these missions can be challenging, particularly since large institutions may be inflexible and resources limited. How does a department chair create a culture of high performance, career satisfaction and engagement in which faculty members see their contributions to each of these missions as vital and important? How do you maintain this culture despite declining clinical reimbursements, lower grant funding rates, and increased educational expectations? What does it take to create a culture of excellence? For those new to these concepts or who want to know more, see the recommended reading below which presents a nice synthesis of critical concepts as well as specific strategies for group leaders.


  • Discuss strategies for aligning faculty and departmental/institutional interests.

  • Describe ways to encourage faculty members to view themselves as members of a team rather than individual practitioners or researchers.

  • Discuss approaches to build collegiality, camaraderie and esprit de corps.