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Irvin Named Assistant Dean for Faculty at College of Medicine

Charles Irvin, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Charles Irvin, Ph.D. (Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography)

University of Vermont Professor of Medicine Charles Irvin, Ph.D., has been named assistant dean for faculty at the College of Medicine, effective July 1, 2012. In this role, he is responsible for faculty development and advancement and reports directly to the dean.

As assistant dean for faculty, Irvin, who will continue to direct the Vermont Lung Center and serve as vice chair of research in the department of medicine, will be responsible for managing the orientation and education of new faculty, establishing a program to guide and assist faculty in developing their academic careers, and overseeing the promotion and tenure process. Irvin’s role in these activities will support the nearly 800 basic science and clinical faculty on the UVM/Fletcher Allen campus, as well as the teaching faculty throughout Vermont and New York, and at the UVM College of Medicine’s clinical teaching sites at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Irvin’s first priority as assistant dean for faculty will be to continue the implementation of the new UVM College of Medicine Faculty Handbook and Standards and Guidelines for Appointment, Reappointment and Promotion. He will develop departmental faculty advising and mentoring activities, coordinating the development of faculty members’ educational and research skills.

This new position, says Irvin, “is in a sense taking the things that I have been doing – like directing the Lung COBRE and my ‘Scientific Survival Skills’ graduate student course – and expanding them to a college-wide level. Over the next year, I’ll be setting up a schedule of workshops, working to determine what faculty members want and need and involving them in the decision-making process.”

A national/international expert in pulmonary physiology and asthma pathogenesis, Irvin received his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Prior to joining UVM in 1998, he held numerous positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colo., including professor of medicine and medical director of the pulmonary physiology unit. At UVM, he was instrumental in securing a COBRE grant for Translational Research in Lung Biology in 2000 and has overseen the continuous funding of an outstanding program in developing faculty researchers. He has also served on the Faculty Standards Promotion Committee, chaired the Professional Development Committee in the Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program, and served on multiple search committees, including chairing the hematology/oncology chief search in 2010, and has served on many steering committees. At the national level, he has served on numerous study sections for the American Lung Association, American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health. He was chairman of the Assembly of Respiratory Structure and Function and served on the Board of Directors for the American Thoracic Society.