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Getting an Academic Promotion

Getting an Academic Promotion

November 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Online Event
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Aric Lane


How promotion and appointments work is often a mystery. The goal of this panel session is to de-mystify the process. The webinar will feature senior faculty at various institutions of the ITHS who will explain their perspective on the ins and outs of getting an academic promotion.  After brief comments from each panel member, they will discuss various topics related to promotion and take questions from participants.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, attendees will:

  1. Understand structure of faculty promotion at different institutions
  2. Understand the differences between various appointments and what that might mean for promotion
  3. Understand perspectives of senior faculty on how they view different approaches to successfully seeking promotion
  4. Be able to describe the criteria for Promotion from Postdoctoral Fellow to Assistant to Associate and Full Professor in a given career ladder

Schedule of Activities

  • 12:00-12:05pm – Welcome, Overview, Introductions
  • 12:05-12:58pm – Presentation and Q&A
  • 12:58-1:00pm – Thank You and Feedback Survey

About the Panel

Linda LeResche, ScD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Oral Medicine
University of Washington

Linda LeResche received her doctoral degree in comparative behavior from Johns Hopkins University and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in mental disorder epidemiology, also at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. After joining the UW in 1983, she spent more than 30 years conducting NIH-funded pain research as a faculty member in the Department of Oral Medicine, where she is currently Professor Emeritus. Dr. LeResche’s work has focused on behavioral and epidemiologic aspects of pain, including pain-related behavior of patients and clinicians, the epidemiology of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), studies of the reliability of clinical measures for TMD, the development of standardized research diagnostic criteria for TMD, predictors of long-term opioid use, and gender and hormonal issues related to pain.

Dr. LeResche has been a member of several NIDCR and NIH panels, most recently the National Pain Strategy Working Group on Population Research. She has been active in the American Association for Dental Research and the International Association for the Study of Pain, serving on several task forces, committees and editorial boards. In addition to her research activities, Dr. LeResche has had a long career in research education, including leadership of T35 and R25 grants. She has co-directed the ITHS TL1 program since 2009.  In the UW School of Dentistry, Dr. LeResche served on numerous committees, including two terms on the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and chaired the Faculty Council. She was Associate Dean for Research and Faculty from 2011-2019.

Eileen Klein, MD, MPH
Chair, Promotions Committee for the Department of Pediatrics
Associate Chief, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Co-Director, Emergency Research
Seattle Children’s Hospital

Eileen Klein received her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She completed her residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Seattle Childrens and the University of Washington.

Dr. Klein is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Academic Pediatric Association and the Society for Pediatric Research. She is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is certified by the American Heart Association in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and is a PALS instructor. Dr. Klein trains pediatric emergency medicine fellows, mentors junior faculty members and regularly teaches locally and regionally. Her main research interest is analgesia and sedation. She has an extensive bibliography.

Larry Kessler, ScD
Professor, Department of Health Services
School of Public Health
University of Washington

Larry Kessler has over 40 years of experience in health services research.  As chair of the Department of Health Services (UW SPH) from 2009-2015, he directed the teaching program of a department that includes eight separate teaching programs at the master’s and doctoral level. Dr. Kessler is PI of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership (PCORP) funded by AHRQ to train clinicians, scientists, and health care professionals in CER and PCOR.  This program has trained over 50 scholars, many of whom are now making changes in their health systems based on their capacity as health systems researchers.  Dr. Kessler is also the co-lead for the translational workforce development UW CTSA program, the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. He leads the companion CEA study for the STOP2 trial of antibiotic therapy for pulmonary exacerbations in cystic fibrosis. He serves as director of regulatory oversight for the UW Center for Dialysis Innovation, where he also leads the studies on human factors for innovative dialysis technologies.  Dr. Kessler’s recent research has focused on comparative and cost-effectiveness of various treatment strategies, most recently in surgery, back pain, and cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Matthew ThompsonMatthew J. Thompson, MBChB, MPH, DPhil
Helen D. Cohen Endowed Professorship in Family Medicine
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Joint Professor, Department of Global Health
University of Washington

Matthew Thompson is a family physician and UW professor of family medicine and vice-chair for research where he holds the Helen D. Cohen endowed professorship. He is an active family doctor, clinical researcher, and teaches clinicians.

He grew up in Scotland and attended medical school at the University of Glasgow, and after doing family medicine training in the UK and working in Africa, he moved to the University of Cincinnati to do a family medicine residency. He came to the UW to do a research fellowship in 1999, and after being at UW for 4 years, moved to the University of Oxford in England to join the faculty and do his doctoral degree in primary care research (called a D.Phil. in Oxford).

His research on the faculty at the University of Oxford for 10 years has focused in 3 main areas – child health, diagnostic tests, infectious disease. He collaborates with researchers in many different countries, and has published over 150 research papers. He now leads the research section in the Department of Family Medicine at the UW.

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