Chancellor to Join Panel on Faculty Mentoring

Sue Desmond-Hellmann

UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, will be a panelist in a discussion about the role of mentors in shaping careers on Monday, Jan. 25.

The campus community is invited to this discussion, which will occur from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing, room N 225, on the Parnassus campus.

Desmond-Hellmann is part of a panel of UCSF leaders and mentors who will discuss the central question “Who influenced you, and how do you pass it on?”

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the critical role mentoring has played in the professional development of the panelists and to gain insight into how to be a more effective mentor and/or mentee. The audience will have time to ask questions following the presentations.

Other panelists include:

  • Nancy Adler, PhD, director, Center for Health and Community, recipient, UCSF Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award 2009;
  • Joseph Castro, PhD, vice provost of Student Academic Affairs and special assistant to the chancellor, recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award 2010;
  • Kathryn Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor and Livingston Chair, Department of Family Health Care Nursing;
  • Sally Marshall, PhD, interim executive vice chancellor and provost, vice provost, Academic Affairs, Academic Development & Advancement; chair, Chancellor’s Council on Faculty Life; and
  • William Shore, MD, professor, Department of Clinical Family and Community Medicine.

Mitchell Feldman, MD, MPhil, director of the Faculty Mentoring Program, will moderate the program.

“In recognition of National Mentoring Month and the importance of mentorship at UCSF, the Faculty Mentoring Program is thrilled to have Chancellor Desmond Hellmann and other key UCSF leaders and mentors share their reflections on who influenced them and how they pass it on,” Feldman said.

“The Faculty Mentoring Program is committed to continuing to improve the mentoring climate at UCSF. To this end, our goal is to ensure that each junior faculty member is paired with a suitable career mentor.”

During the 2008-2009 academic year, nearly 90 percent of junior faculty members were matched with a mentor in the program. This was an increase from around 60 percent and 70 percent from the previous two years, respectively, according to Feldman.

Quantitative data on mentoring quality is more difficult to obtain, as few tested survey instruments exist, he pointed out. But a new survey is being rolled out.

The Faculty Mentoring Program is developing a survey to quantify mentees’ satisfaction with the quality of mentoring they receive from their career mentors. The survey is currently being piloted in the UCSF School of Dentistry, with the goal of eventually making this available to all UCSF mentees.

To register for the event, go online here.

For more information on this program, National Mentoring Month Events, or the Faculty Mentoring Program, please contact Sarah Zins.

Photo by Susan Merrell

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