The Executive Dean of the KU School of Medicine formally launched the SOM Executive Dean's distinguished mentoring awards in the summer of 2006 honoring outstanding mentors chosen annually as a part of the Faculty Mentoring Program. Participation in mentoring junior faculty members is evaluated in the Annual Faculty Assessment and is a criterion in review by departmental and SOM Promotion and Tenure Committees, particularly for promotion to Professor.
Three Distinguished Mentoring Awards recognize a responsibility to faculty development through partnering and rewarding scholars and professionals who exemplify a deep commitment to fostering the professional growth of our junior faculty members. Two additonal award categories were created in 2010 to recognize and reward faculty who mentor residents or post-docs.
Eligibility is based upon the award criteria and honors persons who have demonstrated a commitment to mentoring and who strive for excellence in all their activities, give selflessly to their students, their colleagues, their personal careers and their patients...still finding time to "give a leg up" to the careers of junior faculty colleagues, residents or post-docs. The faculty of the School of Medicine believes that mentoring is critical to faculty vitality and mentoring helps form a foundation for development of the next generation of medical educators: our heroes in the profession, our master teachers and role models.
Three different awards are currently available. For criteria and nomination packet information click the award best suited for the individual being nominated.
For any non-KU SOM faculty member who has mentored one or more junior faculty members in the KU SOM for two years or more. These individuals can be faculty members anywhere else or professional members of the community.
Two awards are currently available. For criteria and nomination packet information, click the award best suited for the individual being nominated.