Faculty and Clinical Affairs

Faculty Mentor Award


The creation of this award program underscores the commitment of the Boonshoft School of Medicine (School) to promote mentoring among the faculty. The award is meant to recognize the process by which faculty serve as role models for each other, promoting the professional development of others and creating a supportive, positive working environment.

Mentoring among faculty is a crucial component of faculty development and faculty retention and is an integral part of the collegial atmosphere in the School. By recognizing the mentoring process, we accord it of equal importance with scholarship, teaching, and service. Mentoring in this context includes but is not limited to the following roles and relationships:

  • Teacher/coach
  • Sponsor/promoter
  • Counselor/confidante
  • Role model/example
  • Protector/shield
  • Friend/support


Two nominees will be selected: a basic science faculty and a clinical faculty.


All School faculty are eligible for nomination, and School faculty may nominate a candidate for this award. Mentors may often be found outside the protégé's primary department. Both individuals and groups may nominate a candidate. In most cases individual junior faculty would nominate candidates.


Nominations should be submitted to the Office of Faculty and Clinical Affairs in a letter format of no more than two typed pages. In preparing your submission, consider using one or more of the following approaches:

  • Writing a testimonial of what your mentor has meant to you,
  • Describing specific behaviors and their significance,
  • Citing examples of mentoring interactions, or
  • Answering these questions:
    • Who has helped you adjust and flourish at WSU?
    • How has s/he been helpful?
    • Why has this been helpful?


Applications will be evaluated on:

  • the mentoring ability of the faculty member,
  • the quality of the mentoring relationship, and
  • the outcome of the mentoring relationship.


The Faculty Promotion and Advancement Committee will select the awardees for the dean's final approval. Recipients will receive their award at the Boonshoft School of Medicine Faculty Development Day.


If you have any questions about the Faculty Mentor Award and nominations, please contact Dr. Katherine M. Hertlein, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at katherine.hertlein@wright.edu.

Last edited on 07/01/2024.