Honorary Mentoring Award

The Executive Dean's Honorary Mentoring Award acknowledges the efforts of individuals who may not be members of the School of Medicine faculty, but who contribute to the success of our faculty through interprofessional mentoring.

School of Medicine faculty members are encouraged to nominate professionals from other KU schools, universities, or institutions, to receive recognition for their generous donation of time and knowledge. Recipients of this award earn membership in The University of Kansas School of Medicine Society of Distinguished Mentors.


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

  • An associate or full professor from outside the KU School of Medicine or a professional working in private practice, a research institution, or a related business.
  • Mentored one or more SOM faculty member(s) for two years or longer.
  • A scholar or professional with demonstrated success in the field they mentor.  

Nomination Packet Requirements

To submit a nomination packet, you must be a School of Medicine faculty member mentored by the nominee for two years or more.  

Because this award recognizes the efforts of mentoring 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 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 14, 2017. If you have any questions, please email Heather Williams 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 2017 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 2017 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 14, 2017 by 5:00pm. 

The Award will be presented on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the SOM Annual Faculty Retreat. 

Last modified: Apr 27, 2017
School of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Awards

The 2017 Distinguished Mentoring Awards will be presented at the School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat on August 11, 2017.