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January 2022
Welcome to the Faculty Central Newsletter from the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Office for Faculty Affairs and Development (OFAD)! We welcome your feedback at If this newsletter was forwarded to you by a colleague, click here to subscribe to this newsletter.
January is Mentoring Monthh!

To highlight Mentoring Month, here is a roundup of some of the mentoring initiatives that are happening for faculty in various SMPH departments:

For all faculty, the Office for Faculty Affairs and Development (OFAD) is hosting a Making the Most of Your Mentoring Relationships event on Weds, January 19, 5:15-6:15pm. This virtual workshop includes three key focus areas including learning more about the career mentorship process, examining career readiness and career resilience, and exploring some career coaching tools. Register here

The UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) has announced the Research Mentoring Seminar for faculty who are actively mentoring postdocs or junior faculty developing research careers (this includes junior faculty mentoring postdocs). The seminars will be held on Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon and be on Feb. 25, March 4, March 11, March 25, and April 1. See more information and register by Feb. 11

In addition, the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is sponsoring Facilitating Entering Mentoring, a 6-session online facilitator training workshop (March 7-11, 2022). Participants will learn evidence-based approaches to implementing research mentor training and gain the knowledge, confidence, and facilitation skills needed to design and implement training at their institution or organization. Register by February 7. Enrollment for this workshop is limited to 24 participants. For more information, contact Pam Asquith,

The Department of Medicine is holding a number of mentoring events such as brown bag lunches on CHS and Tenure track promotions and two 4-week courses for DOM Associate and full Professor who are on training grants, mentor committees, Promotion Oversight Committees (Feb-March); and for DOM Asst Professors on Tenure or CHS track with research interest (Feb-April).

The Department of Anesthesiology is implementing weekly Multispecialty Mentorship Matrix events. These cover a wide range of topics from clinical and wellness to financial and education. In their first event, Dr. Jonathan Kay discussed his experience presenting problem-based learning discussions and how to excel at writing impactful learning objectives. 

BEAM (Building Equitable Access to Mentorship) will hold its Year 3 kickoff event on January 19.

Check out another webinar that is sponsored by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) in celebration of National Mentoring Month: The Impact of Mentorship Throughout Your Professional Journey, Thursday, January 27 at 11:00 AM (CST). Register for the Webinar.  

In addition, Edge for Scholars’ latest newsletter is about all things mentoring! Some of the topics in the first January issue focused on Mentoring for Diversity and how to build successful mentoring relationships. This newsletter is a great resource for mentoring in academic medicine, so please take advantage.

All of these events and initiatives that have passed and are still being planned for the future give SMPH faculty great opportunities for development and personal growth. Any questions, please contact

Now Accepting Applications for Two New UW BIRCWH Scholars

The UW Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program is now accepting applications for two new UW BIRCWH Scholars.  The start date for these scholar positions is June 1, 2022.  The deadline to apply is February 28, 2022.

This opportunity is available for early-career faculty at UW–Madison whose research focuses on women’s health or sex and gender differences.  The program supports three scholars at any given time for two years with career development opportunities, 75% salary support, and a $25,000 research budget for research and career development.  

Linked here is key information including dates for upcoming informational sessions.  Full details, eligibility, and application instructions are available on the UW BIRCWH website

Questions can be directed to UW BIRCWH Program Manager Terry Little at

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Upcoming OFAD Events:
Searching For Excellence and Diversity;
KNN Mobilizing Character Course
Searching for Excellence & Diversity: A Workshop for Faculty Search Committees in SMPH, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Vet Med

April 18, 1-4pm Room 3110 A&B Health Sciences Learning Center

If you are serving on a faculty search committee launching a search this Spring semester, please plan to participate in WISELI’s workshop for faculty search committees. This workshop as described on our website focuses on the following topics:
  • Recruiting a highly qualified pool of diverse applicants
  • Understanding the potential influence of unconscious bias on evaluation of applicants
  • Ensuring a fair and thorough review of applicants
  • Developing and implementing an effective interview process
  • Successfully hiring selected candidates
Pre-workshop Preparation:
Prior to participating in the workshop, search committee members should complete our new online module.  It includes content, advice, and exercises on “Running an Effective and Efficient Search Committee” and provides a tool for writing and assessing the Position Vacancy Listing (PVL).  Ideally, a search committee should collectively review, discuss, and engage in the online module together – but it is possible to complete individually.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Faculty search committee chairs; Members of faculty search committees; Department chairs; Administrators assisting faculty search committees. 
Registration is required.
Please follow this link to register.

Questions:  Please contact Eve Fine (

KNN Mobilizing Character Course

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development (OFAD) is excited to present the KNN Mobilizing Character course, developed in collaboration with Medical College of Wisconsin and Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin.

OFAD works with the Kern National Network for Caring & Character in Medicine (KNN), a network of seven medical schools dedicated to advancing caring and character in medicine with the goal of promoting human flourishing. 

Through six modules, this program—Mobilizing Character—will strengthen knowledge, resources and community around mobilizing character development within medical education. We’ll be running monthly sessions from February–June 2022 along with a final convening in September, covering topics from modeling excellence and community-building, to navigating challenges with grace.

View the event flyer with more details. Please feel free to reach out to with any questions. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

Pathways to Promotion Workshops

Pathways to Promotion for Tenure track faculty
Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 4:30-6:30pm (virtual)

Register here

This workshop will offer an in-depth examination of the UW Madison promotion and tenure process from the perspective of central campus and SMPH. This course will cover:

  • Building a tenure portfolio
  • Learning to get the most from your mentors
  • First-hand accounts from recently tenured faculty about preparing for tenure
  • Guidance from divisional committee leadership about how the divisional committee operates and what the committee looks for in successful tenure cases.
Pathways to Promotion 101 for CHS/CT track faculty

Monday, March 7, 2022, 1:00-5:00pm (Virtual; in-person option is TBD at this time)
Register here

This interactive course is tailored to CHS and CT track faculty who would like an introduction to promotion processes or have never attended a Pathways to Promotion seminar. We advise taking this course in your first two or three years at SMPH. Mentors are welcome to attend.

This course includes:

  • Introductory information regarding the CHS and CT tracks
  • Guidance on mapping your career trajectory
  • Identifying a purpose and major goals for your career
  • Guidance on how to jump start the process of organizing and collecting your accomplishments

Pathways to Promotion workshops may be attended multiple times. Contact for questions.

Other Faculty Development News

For late-breaking or up-to-the-minute faculty development news, be sure to check out OFAD's Faculty Development Announcements page.

This page will be updated weekly with opportunities and events happening across SMPH and beyond. 
Call for nominations to serve on UW BIRCWH and Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation Boards of Directors
Dr. Molly Carnes, Virginia Valian Professor of Women’s Health Research and Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at the UW will be retiring in Spring of 2022.  Dr. Carnes’ contributions to advancing women’s health and promoting diversity and inclusion in biomedical research are widely recognized.  Dr. Carnes will be stepping down from the UW BIRCWH Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee (IAC) and the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF), an organization started with the vision of former Wisconsin First Lady, Sue Ann Thompson. Nominations to serve either on the UW BIRCWH IAC or the WWHF Board to fill the void from Dr. Carnes’ departure are requested.   Nominations can be forwarded to Terry Little at  

Funding Opportunities

The UW-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) is pleased to announce the application period is open for its 2022 grants and awards program. GHI grant awards range from $1,500 to $20,000 and are designed to support global health efforts of faculty, staff, clinicians and graduate students across campus, fostering a spirit of collaboration with local and global colleagues and communities. The application deadline is January 24, 2022. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply, along with past grant awardees, here. Linked here is the event flyer.
Events and programs focusing on
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Register for virtual summit on health equity: On Jan. 19-20, the AAMC Center for Health Justice will co-convene a virtual summit on health equity with the Hastings Center. The program will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson (a plenary speaker at the AAMC’s annual meeting in November) and will focus on decisions that have led to major inequities in health today. The content will also explore examples of promising strategies that health care leaders and practicing clinicians can employ to address inequities through policy, clinical care, medical education, research, and community collaborations. The event is free, but registration is required. Learn more and register.

Black men's health virtual event: Colon cancer screening and early detection is the focus topic for 6th annual "We're Off to a Good Start" Black Men's Empowerment Movement event hosted by the Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association. The panel discussion moderated by Aaron Perry will occur Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read more and register

Faculty Awards and Recognition
Congratulations to Susan Thibeault, professor of otolaryngology, on her perfect score on a NIH grant application and winning the nearly $3 million dollar grant. Read more here

During the 2020-21 academic year, three faculty members from SMPH earned lifetime and career achievement awards, which carry the weight of decades of discoveries and service. They include Robert Dempsey, MD, chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery; Ned Kalin, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry; and Manish Shah, MD, MPH, professor in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine. Read more

Dr. Zachary Morris, associate professor in the Department of Human Oncology (DHO), and an interdisciplinary team of researchers earned a 2021 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Innovation Award for their project, “Nanoparticle to Render Tumors More Susceptible to Treatment.” Read more here. 
Other Events
SAVE THE DATE! Medical Education Day
Thursday, May 19, 2022-Health Sciences Learning Center

All UW-SMPH faculty and staff are invited to attend this free, full-day event that will highlight medical education initiatives and provide professional development opportunities. There will be a mix of workshops, collaborative discussions, and oral presentations. Please mark your calendar.

Interprofessional Continuing Educational Partnership (ICEP) upcoming events
Office of the Secretary of the Faculty events upcoming events
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