Growth of University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine spurs new Office for Faculty and expanded faculty support

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The new University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office for Faculty team members, from left to right: Samantha Myers, personnel technician II, office of professional recruitment; Christopher Kloth, administrative assistant III, office of diversity and inclusion; Nicole Jacobs, PhD, associate professor, associate dean, office of diversity and inclusion; Andrew Ruskamp-White, administrative assistant III, office for community faculty; Jennifer Hagen, M.D., professor, senior associate dean, office for faculty; April Heiselt, Ph.D., director, office for community faculty; Anne Gernetzke, physician recruiter, office of professional recruitment; Debra Glogovac, NSHE specialist I, office of faculty development; Veronica Shearin, human resources generalist, human resources; and Liana McGill, director, human resources


While the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) is aiming to increase the number of physicians in Nevada by educating more medical students, residents and fellows, it also understands the central role of its faculty members in producing the next generation of healthcare professionals. Because the learner experience is so heavily shaped by faculty, UNR Med is launching the Office for Faculty, a new department created to support faculty in their teaching roles, encourage faculty engagement and promote overall faculty excellence.

The new Office for Faculty brings together the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Community Faculty and the Office of Professional Recruitment to better serve UNR Med faculty members. In addition, a new Office for Faculty Affairs, which will be formally established later this year, will address promotion and tenure, policy, and issues overlapping with human resources.  

The Office for Faculty also works closely with UNR Med Human Resources and the Office of the Provost at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a result of the integration, faculty will now have a central, collective office in place to facilitate their needs. The Office for Faculty will contribute to and promote collaborations happening across UNR Med, such as cultural engagement, diversity and inclusion, and organizational improvement.  

"Conventional wisdom holds that engaged faculty promote better educational outcomes," said University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. "The investment in faculty support demonstrates the School's dedication to the growth and success of its faculty, while also serving the state's growing population. The Office for Faculty will be paramount in supporting our faculty with opportunities to fully engage in teaching, scholarship and service, while promoting the University's commitment to diversity and growing connections throughout the community, making us an even stronger institution."  

Dr. Jennifer Hagen, UNR Med alumna and professor of internal medicine has been appointed as senior associate dean for faculty for the new Office for Faculty. In her new role, Hagen will create opportunities for collaboration among departments and programs, build bridges between units and will present faculty interests and needs to UNR Med's Dean's Cabinet.  

In Dr. Hagen's 19-year career with UNR Med, she has served in leadership roles spanning medical student, resident and faculty education, most recently as the associate dean for faculty development. Nationally she represents UNR Med with the Association of American Medical Colleges StandPoint (Faculty Forward) program and the Group on Faculty Affairs. She is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and was honored with the "Woman Physician of the Year" award by the American College of Physicians Nevada Chapter in 2016.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.