School of Medicine taking nomination for first Excellence in Mentoring awards

logo templateMentors make significant contributions to enhance and develop the careers of faculty and trainees through generosity, listening, objectivity, and constructive feedback regarding career and professional/personal development.

In appreciation of those who have exhibited successful mentoring at the School of Medicine, the School is now taking nominations its first Excellence in Mentoring award. The award will be presented annually in two categories: Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring, for professors; and Excellence in Mentoring, for associate or assistant professors.

Nominees must be School of Medicine faculty members for a minimum of five years. Both tenure track and non tenure track faculty are eligible.

Recommendations for the award should reflect the extent to which the mentor has provided sponsorship, encouragement and support for your career and development, as well as for the career and development of other faculty, fellows, residents or students.

Nominators may name one individual for each award, must include a narrative of how the individual’s mentoring has impacted their career and those of others, include specific outcome measures, and are encouraged to seek up to four additional letters of support. Nominees will be asked to a one to two-page narrative describing their mentoring philosophy and a list of individuals mentored.

Examples of the qualities one would expect to see in a highly effective mentor include:
— Long-term commitment to mentoring
— Advisor/Guide
— Developer of talent/Coach
— Opener of doors/Sponsor
— Interpreter of organizational and/or professional rules
— Successful role model
— Protector/Shield
— Listener/Cheerleader

Awards consisting of plaques and monetary acknowledgements will be presented at the Dean’s Faculty Dinner on Jan. 29, 2014.

Submissions are due no later than Nov. 15 to Dr. Rebecca Pauly, Chair, Selection Committee, at paulyr@umkc.edu. Download the Excellence in Mentoring Award document for more information on the award and guidelines.

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