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Excellence in Career Mentoring awards celebrate mentors’ contributions

Penn State College of Medicine values the contributions mentors make to enhance and develop the careers of faculty, students and trainees. Generosity of time and spirit; objectivity and honest feedback; and commitment to the personal, professional and career development of mentees are some of the components of superb mentoring.

In order to recognize the contributions of outstanding mentors in the College of Medicine, the Office of Faculty and Professional Development is soliciting applications for its Excellence in Career Mentoring awards.

These awards acknowledge the exceptional effort of faculty who enable and empower students, residents and trainees, junior faculty and peers on their path to achieve their full potential in one or more of the organization’s missions: clinical care, scholarship and research, teaching and/or service.

Information on the nomination will be posted when applications are open.

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Award Details: Excellence in Career Mentoring

Award Categories Expand answer

Four awards are given annually:

  • Basic Science Master Career Mentor award – given to a full professor
  • Clinical Science Master Career Mentor – given to a full professor
  • Basic Science Career Mentor – given to an associate professor
  • Clinical Science Career Mentor – given to an associate professor
Nomination Criteria Expand answer

Nominations for the Excellence in Mentoring Award are open to faculty who meet the following criteria:

  • Faculty must have held an appointment at the College of Medicine for a minimum of three years, hold the rank of associate professor or professor, and be in good standing at the college.
  • Tenured, tenure-track and fixed-term faculty are eligible.
  • Faculty who hold titles such as dean, vice dean, associate dean and chair are excluded. Exceptions to this (such as those only recently appointed) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Faculty in any leadership position must demonstrate mentorship excellence outside the usual functions of their job titles.
  • The award can only be received once within a five-year period by an individual faculty member.
  • Faculty may be recognized on the basis of mentorship of learners and colleagues at any level, but must also include mentorship of junior and/or peer faculty.
  • Those honored as basic scientists may have their primary appointment in a clinical science department. Individuals must self-identify whether they wish to be considered as a basic or clinical scientist.
  • Mentors must be nominated as individuals.
Qualities of Successful Nominees Expand answer

A successful candidate for the mentorship award at the College of Medicine will demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Ability to create a supportive environment for mentees’ development in at least one of the mission areas of the institution.
  • Commitment to mentorship and a track record of successful mentees.
  • Functional mentorship skills that help mentees achieve advancement and/or promotion (for example, giving presentations, writing manuscripts or preparing grant applications.)
  • Advocacy to help mentees navigate organizational and systems issues.
  • Support of leadership development in mentees.
  • Care for the personal and professional development of mentees.

If a candidate has scholarship in the area of mentorship, this should be addressed in the nomination letter.

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