Staff Engagement

Motivating great people to do their best.


Engagement means staff members say great things about working at Northwestern, want to stay here and feel inspired to do their best work.

Following the publication of the 2017 university-wide staff engagement survey, Feinberg identified a variety of opportunities to enhance the staff experience at the medical school, including the creation of the Staff Engagement Steering Committee. The Committee's work has focused to date on staff professional and career development, work tasks, and rewards and recognition.

Feinberg Focus Areas


Staff Professional Development

Staff Grand Rounds provide tatical and skill-based presentation sessions focused on new developments, best practices or information sharing across staff functional areas. Professional Development Brown Bags, in partnership with Northwestern's Work/Life Resources, provide learning sessions focused on professional development topics such as communication, career development and work/life balance.

More About Staff Grand Rounds

Manager Mentorship

Feinberg's Manager Mentor Program is designed to support and develop managers of all levels at Feinberg by leveraging institutional resources and peer-to-peer knowledge. Throughout the academic year, this program provides opportunities for new managers to engage with experienced managers.

Explore The Manager Mentor Program

Staff Recognition

The Staff Engagement Steering Committee and subcommittee members have developed tools and an event series to address the need for staff recognition (beyond pay and benefits). 

Learn About Staff Recognition

Why It Matters

Without the dedicated efforts of staff members in every department, center, institute and administrative unit, the successes we’ve achieved in becoming a premier academic health center simply would not be possible. I’m exceptionally proud of the medical school’s commitment to engaging and inspiring one another to do our very best work. This commitment helps us all excel, but it is also essential to our larger mission of improving human health.”

Eric G. Neilson, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Lewis Landsberg Dean

Northwestern University Staff Engagement

The survey was a university-wide initiative to listen, learn and act on opportunities for staff engagement. Learn more about the survey goals, design and results.

2017 Northwestern Staff Survey