Junior Faculty Development Program
The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) provides a foundation for the success of junior faculty in the Penn State College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Since its establishment in 2003, over 140 junior faculty have participated in the program, guided by almost 90 senior faculty mentors. This flagship program is a model for faculty development programs nationally.
The Program runs from September to May each year and consists of two components:
- a comprehensive curriculum in topics on research, education, clinical, and academic/career development.
- a project completed under the guidance of a senior faculty mentor. The individual project is identified by the participant, approved by their chair, and completed with the assistance of a mentor identified by the Program. The faculty mentors who participate in the program are recognized as members of the Mentoring Academy.
The goals of the Junior Faculty Development Program are to:
- promote the development and advancement of faculty of the Penn State College of Medicine through a program targeted to and tailored to the specific needs of junior faculty.
- nurture and cultivate junior faculty to become the next generation of academic leaders.
- support the retention of native faculty talent through opportunities and support to continuously build and expand professional skills.
- Download a brochure describing the program (pdf)
- 2015-2016 JFD Letter to Faculty (pdf)
- Download the application form for 2015-16 (pdf) (applications closed for 2015/2016 program)
- Junior Faculty Development Program - Expectations (pdf)
- Download the JFDP curriculum schedule for 2015-16 (pdf) (not yet available)
- Download the list of participants, projects and mentors from previous years of the program (2003-Present) (pdf)
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