Honorary Mentoring Award

The Call for 2015 Mentoring Award Nominations will be sent in May. The awards will be presented at the 2015 Annual Faculty Retreat scheduled for August 7. 

The SOM Executive Dean's Honorary Mentoring Award is earned by individuals who are not members of the KU SoM faculty for their generous donation of time, effort and advice offered to ensure our faculty members achieve their full academic potential by developing skills and attaining advancement in the clinical, research and teaching areas of their careers. These individuals may also mentor more senior faculty leaders in our school in the areas of business growth and development skills. The award is designed to allow faculty a means to honor non-KU SOM Mentors who embody both the letter and spirit of mentoring, showing their gratitude to professionals from other institutions or from our community leaders and professionals from any field.

Recipients of this prestigious award earn membership in The University of Kansas School of Medicine Society of Distinguished Mentors.


To submit a nomination letter you must be one of the candidate's current or previous mentees, a current member of the KU School of Medicine faculty, and involved in a mentoring relationship with the candidate for a minimum of two years or more.

To be a qualified nominee for the Honorary Mentoring Award the candidate must:

  • be a professor, an associate professor from outside the KU SOM faculty membership, or 
  • or a professional who works in a private medical practice, private or public research institution, or private or public business in or outside the Kansas City area.
  • have served a minimum of two years as a mentor to any member of our faculty.
  • have mentored one or more members of the KU SOM faculty.
  • be scholars or professionals with demonstrated success in the field or skills that they mentor.  

Nominees must have evidence of superb performance in mentoring our faculty members. Examples include:

  • Accessibility and commitment to "be there"
  • Excellent guidance of individual research and/or creative projects
  • Willingness to assist our faculty members in pursuit of their stated goals, actively guiding development of teaching skills, research aims, skills in business and management or in the pursuit of professional goals with clearly articulated expectations
  • Holding their mentee to high standards, encouraging and helping them establish their own records of scholarly activity or performance, evidence of supporting mentee's participation in events (e.g., meetings, conferences, committees, speaking engagements, or community relationships).
  • Ability to involve their mentees in networking activities with other faculty outside KU SoM or professionals outside the KU Medical Center.
  • Evidence of mentees completing their defined projects (such at successful competition for grants, completion of publications, meeting promotional goals) in a timely manner.

The award will be based on the following criteria:

  • A demonstrated commitment to fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly and professional growth of their mentees so they may function effectively and with measurable success in the organization.
  • Evidence of sustained commitment (two years or more) to a professional mentoring relationship that results in career growth or personal development of their mentee(s).
  • Demonstrated valued behavior, attitudes and/or skills that aid the mentee(s) in achieving competence, confidence and a clear professional identity.
  • Candidates may hold the award more than once but not within a five-year period.

Nomination Steps

The nomination must be provided in a letter and include examples such as:

  • A testimonial of what your mentor has meant to you for their mentoring effort during the time of your mentoring relationship
  • Descriptions of specific behaviors and their significance
  • Specific examples of mentoring interactions
  • Descriptions of accomplishments that you directly credit to the influence of the nominated mentor.
  • A statement providing a simple explanation of your work directly or indirectly influenced by the mentorship.
  • Specific examples of goals attained, projects completed, promotions, grants or awards earned, obstacles overcome, lessons learned in addition to anything else that you feel is attributable to the mentoring relationship.
  • Please consider and address the List of Questions to Consider when writing a letter.
  • Include in your nomination packet a copy your CV (updated within the last six months).

Nomination letters and CVs must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2015, in an email to Laura Jennemann, Office of Faculty Affairs and Development.


Critical to the assessment of the nominees is the extent of mentoring and the apparent quality of mentoring judged by outcome measures assessed from:

  • The achievements of those mentored including publications, awards and prizes, and the career paths during or since the conclusion of the mentorship.
  • Any additional letters of support from additional mentees of the candidate or others who know of their impact on someone's career.
  • Other statements of support (e.g. Department Chairs, Center Directors and Division Chiefs).
  • The collegiality of the mentoring experience and the desirable characteristics of the mentoring environment (assessed from statements of support).

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Mentoring Awards Committee Members, chaired by the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development, and two finalists will be recommended to the Executive Dean. The committee comprises various professional levels from an interdisciplinary arena along with past recipients of all the Mentoring Award categories. Final selection will be by the Executive Dean, School of Medicine, University of Kansas.

Winners will be notified prior to the 2015 Annual Faculty Retreat, where they will be recognized.

Award & Presentation

  • $1,500 each award
  • Trophy
  • Recognition and presentation by the Executive Dean at the 2014 Annual Faculty Retreat, August 15, 2014.
  • Membership in The University of Kansas School of Medicine Society of Distinguished Mentors.

Last modified: Jan 26, 2015
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