The Robert Klein Trailblazer Award

2014 Trailblazer Award presentation

Robert M. Klein, PhD Trailblazer Award
Health Professions - Medicine - Nursing

The Robert M. Klein, PhD Trailblazer Award's purpose is to recognize a male supporter for the ongoing advancement of women in the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. 

The candidate must exhibit evidence of:

  • Supporting women-specific initiatives
  • Contributing to the success of work/life balance of women
  • Mentoring and promoting mentor initiatives
  • Promoting the recognition of women
  • Creating and sustaining the development of new opportunities for women
  • Promoting retention of women faculty
  • Maximizing and developing leadership training opportunities for women  

A male KUMC faculty or non-faculty member in basic science or clinical positions with no specific academic title required.  Candidate must be in good standing with the KUMC organization.  

To self-nominate or to nominate a well deserving colleague or health care professional, please return the following required information:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Nominee's current curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation - recommendation letters are essential to the selection process (the most effective letters will address each criteria listed above) 

NOTE:  Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the WIMS Recognition Committee.  

Submit all awards materials to:


Members of the 2013-14 Recognition Committee could not think of a better example to name the award after than Dr. Robert M. Klein.  Dr. Klein’s dedication to doing the right thing is behind his support of all things related to a fair and just professional work environment with equal opportunity for success and recognition for all.  His unending and tireless effort has been visibly noticeable during his 10 year term as Associate Dean for the Office of Professional Development & Faculty Affairs (PDFA) in the School of Medicine, and now as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies.  Dr. Klein was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Robert M Klein Trailblazer Award at the WIMS Annual Awards Dinner, August 21, 2014.

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