Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

The Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, better known as "The Jayhawk," is the Executive Dean's most prestigious mentoring award. The Jayhawk acknowledges the exceptional efforts of the KU SOM professors who ensure junior faculty achieve their full potential in areas of service, research and teaching.

Professors who have dedicated more than 20 years to mentoring junior faculty at the University of Kansas School of Medicine are eligible to receive this award. Recipients earn membership in the University of Kansas School of Medicine's Society of Distinguished Mentors.  


Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award are open to faculty members who meet all the following criteria.

  • A full professor at the KU School of Medicine for more than twenty years, with a current appointment in good standing.
  • Mentored five or more junior faculty members.
  • Have evidence of superb performance in mentoring junior faculty. Examples.
  • Candidates may be presented the award more than once, but not within a five year period.
  • Executive Dean's Office faculty are not eligible.  

Nomination Packet Requirements

To submit a nomination packet, you must be a current or former faculty member mentored by the nominee for two years or more. KU SOM colleagues are also eligible to submit a nomination packet.

Because this award recognizes the efforts of mentoring junior faculty members, letters of support will not be accepted from medical students, graduate students, residents or post-docs.

Where to Start - The Nomination Letter

Writing a nomination letter or a letter of support can be difficult to begin. Start with the Who, What, How and Why of Mentoring Award Nominations.

What to include in the Nomination Packet

Part 1 - From the Nominator

  • Nomination Packet Cover Sheet (checklist included)
  • Formal Nomination Letter
  • Nominator's current CV
  • Letters of support from mentees, documenting professional achievements and mentoring experience with the nominee
  • Additional letters of support from department chairs, center directors, division chiefs, etc.  

Part 2 - From the Nominee

  • Philosophy of Mentoring narrative
  • Current CV, including mentoring activities and awards
  • Letters of support from mentees, documenting professional achievements and mentoring experience with the nominee.  

How to submit the Nomination Packet

Complete the Nomination Cover Sheet and refer to the checklist on the sheet. Please combine the cover sheet and the support letters into one PDF, then email PDF along with both CV's (nominator and nominee) to FAD by Friday, July 22, 2016. If you have any questions, please email Heather Williams or Laura Jennemann in Faculty Affairs and Development.   

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by a committee of School of Medicine peers and chaired by the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development. Two finalists will be recommended to the Executive Dean, who will make the final selection. The selected honoree will be notified prior to the 2016 Annual Faculty Retreat, along with the nominator and honoree's department chair.  

The honoree will receive

  • Recognition on the Distinguished Mentor Wall in the School of Medicine
  • Recognition at the School of Medicine's 2016 Annual Faculty Retreat
  • A trophy signifying the honoree as a Distinguished Mentor
  • A $1,500 financial award to be used at the discretion of the honoree    

The deadline for nomination packets is Friday, July 22, 2016 by 5:00pm. 

The Award will be presented on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the SOM Annual Faculty Retreat. 

Last modified: Jun 28, 2016
School of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Awards

The 2016 Distinguished Mentoring Awards will be presented at the School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat on August 12, 2016.