Academic medicine has evolved to embrace the diverse missions that institutions of learning and inquiry have assumed in our society (1). No longer occupants of the “ivory tower” engaged in abstract—however meritorious—work, present-day academicians are mentors, clinicians, investigators, collaborative partners, and leaders. Academic physicians must be capable of great scholarship; fulfill rigorous standards in patient care, teaching, and administration; live up to the highest expectations of the profession of medicine; and swim gracefully in rapid, turbulent waters of peer review (1). In light of the evolution of learning institutions and the expanding roles, responsibilities, and pressures of medical school faculty, we find that colleagues throughout the field of academic psychiatry have turned their attention to innovation in professional development. In this issue of Academic Psychiatry, several papers that were submitted spontaneously and reflect collegial efforts to strengthen, sustain, and support academic colleagues have been assembled to highlight the value of professional development among academic psychiatry faculty.