Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Ronald I. Paul, M.D.

Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Advancement

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Ronald I. Paul, M.D., became Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Advancement of the University School of Medicine in January, 2016. In addition to his role in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Advancement, Dr. Paul is the chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Paul is a 1983 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency and a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati where he served as Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship. In 1991, he joined the University of Louisville School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Paul's responsibilities in the Office of Faculty Affairs includes managing all faculty personnel actions, conducting new faculty and chair orientation meetings, serving as a resource to the School of Medicine's Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Performance Criteria and Economic Welfare Committee, and advising faculty, the dean and the dean's staff.


 

Gerard P. Rabalais, M.D., M.H.A.

Associate Dean of Faculty Development

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Gerard P. Rabalais, M.D., M.H.A., became Associate Dean of Faculty Development of the University of Louisville School of Medicine in July 2015.  In addition to his role in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Advancement, Dr. Rabalais is the chair of the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics, the largest department in the School of Medicine with 200 faculty, 100 residents and fellows and nearly 400 staff.  He holds the Billy F. Andrews Endowed Chair in Pediatrics,  Dr. Rabalais is also the Chief of Staff at Kosair Children's Hospital.  Dr. Rabalais is a 1981 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine.  He completed his pediatrics residency and chief residency at Tulane University and went on to clinical and research fellowships in pediatric infectious disease at University of Colorado.  In 1998, he earned a master's in health administration from University of Colorado School of Business.  Dr. Rabalais joined UofL as a pediatric infectious disease specialist in 1987.  Dr. Rabalais, in his new capacity as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, is charged with the creation and oversight of a new comprehensive program in faculty development around making our faculty better teachers focused on helping students and residents to learn better.

 


Cathy Schaffer

Director of Health Sciences Center Faculty Affairs

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Cathy Schaffer has been Director of Health Sciences Center Faculty Affairs since 2005.  Previously she was Director of Donor Relations and Development Research in the University Advancement Office where she worked for eight years.  She earned a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Louisville.

As Director of the HSC Faculty Affairs she directs the overall operations of the Office of Faculty Affairs and Advancement and processes faculty actions for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health. She is a resource concerning faculty personnel policies and procedures for the Provost's Office, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean, Associate Deans, Department Chairs and faculty.   In the School of Medicine she determines eligibility for promotion, tenure and periodic career reviews, and notifies faculty and departments of other required actions.  She initiates and assembles appointment materials for all Endowed Chairs, Departmental Chairs and other School of Medicine administrators.  She manages the Endowed Chair review process and coordinated the School of Medicine's University Scholar appointments and reviews with the Office of Vice President of Research and Innovation.  She provides training to departmental contacts concerning faculty personnel policies and procedures.  She prepares reports, gathers, complies and analyzes data for the Dean's Office, the LCME (SOM accreditation body), and the Association of American Medical Colleges.


Beth Williams

Coordinator, Committee Office

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Beth Williams has been working at the University of Louisville since 2012 and joined the Office of Faculty Affairs and Advancement in January 2015.  Beth attended Indiana University Southeast and obtained a double major bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology. In her free time, she enjoys taking business courses at the University of Louisville.

Beth manages the School of Medicine Committee Office.  This office is responsible for providing information to committees responsible for faculty actions and SOM governance.  Departments should contact Beth regarding:  (1) criteria for appointments at an advanced rank, promotion and/or tenure, and periodic career reviews; (2) material required for review by the Promotion, Appointment , and Tenure committee; (3) initial review of a candidate's CV for appointment at an advanced rank; (4) faculty annual work plans; (5) department faculty annual review document; (6) SOM governance documents including the SOM bylaws and Promotion, Appointment, and Tenure document; and (7) SOM annual standing committee elections and SOM committee roster.

 


Faculty Development Program Manager

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Staci Saner pro picStaci Saner moved from Texas to join the University of Louisville and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Advancement in August 2016. Staci attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, where she received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology. She received her M.Ed. in Science Education, with a concentration in Biology, from The University of Texas, Austin.

Staci is responsible for developing, coordinating, and evaluating programming and services to support faculty professional development and medical education at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine. She organizes, coordinates, and facilitates workshops, faculty learning communities, speaker visits, and special events while also overseeing the planning of new strategic initiatives related to faculty development.  She will continue to support ongoing enhancement of School of Medicine faculty development offerings by benchmarking, maintaining and monitoring medical education resources and web content.


Phyllis Harris

Program Coordinator Senior
Assistant to Dr. Ron Paul

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Phyllis began working at the University of Louisville in 2011 and joined the Office of Faculty Affairs and Advancement in February of 2016.

As assistant to Dr. Paul, Phyllis is responsible for scheduling meetings and managing his calendar. She is also responsible for:  1. Calling for nominations and receiving submissions for awards bestowed by the School of Medicine 2. Mentoring Programs and any associated training workshops 3. Organizing PAT Workshops  4. One-on One meetings with new faculty and 5. Mid-Tenure review notifications. Additionally, she receives international travel documents for processing and approval by Dr. Paul and passes on to the Office of the Executive Vice President and University Provost.


Toni Corbett

Administrative Assistant

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Toni is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Faculty Affairs. She logs in and supports the processing of triptychs (faculty actions) from the HSC Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing & Public Health. She also prepares notifications to departments of pending faculty actions which includes: sabbaticals, executive faculty, re-appointments, promotions, periodic career reviews, work assignments, and annual merit reviews. She is responsible for all gratis actions and re-appointments of term and part-time faculty.