Clifford Steer, MD, named Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Clifford Steer, MD, has accepted a new leadership role in the Medical School and will begin to serve as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs starting on December 1, 2015.
Steer’s history with the Medical School spans more than 40 years, back to when he was a MD student and an internal medicine resident. He also earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota and grew up in St. Paul.
After residency, he went on to pursue a hepatology fellowship at the NIH, where he conducted research as a liver specialist for 14 years. He returned to the University of Minnesota in 1989 as a tenured professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development.
Steer has long played an important role in the Medical School, having served on the promotions and tenure committee, judicial committee for the University Senate, and admissions committee, among others. He has held a number of NIH grants and mentored countless students and junior faculty over the years. In addition, he directs the Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) in the Department of Medicine.
“Cliff is a very approachable, people-oriented individual,” says Dean Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA. “As a physician and researcher, with ties throughout the school, Cliff can relate to our faculty on many levels. He’s going to be an outstanding ally for the faculty as we begin to meet our goals with mentorship, academic scholarship, P&T program and tenure track, and diversity.”
Steer is quick to express his compassion for faculty concerns in the midst of change. Ensuring faculty equality through policies and open conversation is a big priority for him moving forward and he aims to succeed as an advocate for positive cultural change.
“I’ve spent a good portion of my life at this University and fully understand its history of collegiality and academic scholarship,” Steer says. “We now have an opportunity of growth and development that is almost unprecedented. Through the position of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, I look forward to being a driving force in achieving those goals.”