The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) created the new position of dean for faculty affairs last week in an effort to coordinate between the faculty of the UCMC and of the Biological Sciences Division.
Karen Kim, associate professor in the Department of Medicine, and Melina Hale, professor in Organismal Biology and Anatomy, will work with the elected faculty advisory committee, faculty, department chairs, and section chiefs. They will report to Kenneth Polonsky, dean of the biological sciences division and executive vice president for medical affairs.
Kim will focus on clinical faculty, while Hale will engage with basic science faculty.
The UCMC joins the ranks of Harvard, Northwestern, and Yale University, all of which have positions or offices for dean for faculty affairs for their respective research hospitals.