Joy McCann Professorship Nomination Process


  • Students, residents, or faculty members may submit nominations for the professorship.
  • No self-nominations are permitted; anyone who self nominates will be ineligible for the award.
  • Nominations must be accompanied by the nominee's curriculum vitae, as well as letters of support from the nominator and the nominee's Chair providing evidence or examples of outstanding mentorship, leadership, professionalism and dedication to the careers of women.
  • There are no restrictions on the academic rank of the nominees.

The SELECTION PROCESS, according to the guidelines provided by the Joy McCann Foundation involves:

  • The institution must design a selection process that allows students, residents, and faculty to participate.
  • The selection process should include: review of the nominee's credentials and performance by a committee of peers; an interview of top nominees; and a vote to recommend the top three nominees to the Executive Dean.
  • The review committee for the professorship, as established by the Letter of Gift in 2002, is comprised of:
    • seven (7) members representing the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, administration and graduate and undergraduate admissions committees, 
    • the President of President serving as Chair
    • the WIMS President and Executive Dean each appoint three members, and
    • the Executive Director for the Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies will serve as the staff person for the review committee,
  • The Dean shall make the final determination of the awardee based on the committees ranked recommendations from the selection committee.


  • Early April, 2016 - Call for the Next Nominations
  • Early May - Nomination Deadline
  • Mid-May - Selection Committee meets to determine candidates to interview
  • Late May to Early June - Candidates are interviewed by the selection committee and will present their program plan.
  • Mid June - Candidates are notified and the honoree is announced.
  • July 1st - the three-year term begins for the new Joy McCann Professor
  • August, 2016 Annual WIMS Dinner - the honoree is recognized following their first appointment.

ANNUAL PROJECT(S): Sponsored by the Joy McCann Professorship fund includes:

  • The Joy McCann Visiting Professor Lecture
  • Annaul WIMS Dinner or the Bi-Annual Professional Development Conference or Retreat Support

For questions about the Joy McCann Professorship please contact Krista Wimberly, Assistant Director for Faculty Affairs and Development.

Last modified: Nov 10, 2015