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The mission of the Office of Faculty Development is to develop and support initiatives that assist faculty in expanding their professional skills and achieving their career aspirations. We espouse the following goals and objectives:

  • To provide information and resources to faculty related to academic advancement, clinical service, research, and teaching through orientations and seminars.
  • To assist chairs in developing a departmental infrastructure/program for faculty development.
  • To assist faculty in identifying career development opportunities to enhance professional skills.
  • To establish and bestow recognition awards for outstanding faculty.
  • To promote a culture that values faculty accomplishments.

Kathy Griendling, Ph.D.

Kathy Griendling, PhDAssociate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Vice Chair for Research and Faculty Development, Department of Medicine
R. Wayne Alexander Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
School of Medicine Building, Suite 407 
Program Coordinator: Christina Shuman, 404-727-3364

Dr. Kathy Griendling was appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in 2014. She was previously the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development since July, 2011. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she is a vascular biologist renowned for her work on NADPH oxidases and vascular disease. In her capacity as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, she brings both a strong administrative background and deep appreciation of faculty issues to this position. She has held numerous leadership positions nationally and internationally including Chair of the Angiotensin II Gordon Research Conference, Program Chair of the American Heart Association National Meeting, and Associate Editor of Circulation Research and the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology.

Dr. Griendling notes, "I am passionate about creating opportunities for faculty and feel very strongly that supporting the career development of our faculty is essential not only for their own success and job satisfaction, but for the success of the medical center as a whole.”

Nathan O. Spell III, M.D.

Nate Spell, MDAssociate Dean for Education and Professional Development
Vice Chair for Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, Department of Medicine
Executive Director, Continuing Medical Education
Director, Emory Healthcare Quality Academy
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
School of Medicine Building, Suite 331

Dr. Nate Spell was appointed Associate Dean for Education and Professional Development in September of 2016. In his role, Dr. Spell oversees continuing medical education, faculty education and associated clinical development activities, programs and initiatives. He also focuses on embedding education strategy within major Emory Healthcare clinical initiatives and integrating continuing education into work activities. He began practicing at Emory in 1998 and most recently served as Chief Quality Officer for Emory University Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Harvard and completed his internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He practices general internal medicine and primary care.

Katie Davis

Associate Program Director


Tracy Crayton

Program Coordinator