Affiliate Centennial Scholars Program

Background: In 2010, Dean Robert N. Golden, MD, launched the Centennial Scholars Program (CSP), to develop faculty members whose diversity enhances the quality of education and research at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH). While the professional development and academic success of all faculty is paramount, the Centennial Scholars also serve as visible role models for our UW SMPH students and trainees, especially those from communities that are underrepresented in medicine (URM) in Wisconsin.

Expanding the reach of the CSP Program. Building upon the success of the “traditional” Centennial Scholars Program, we are initiating an expansion with a new learning community focused on offering faculty development aimed at increasing mentoring skills for our diverse faculty scholars so they can offer effective mentorship to our URM students. Scholars will also be coached in how to turn faculty educational work into scholarship to support their promotion on their faculty track.

The goals of the Affiliate Centennial Scholars Program (ACSP) are the following:

  1. To build a cohesive and supportive community of faculty scholars from diverse communities that are URM in Wisconsin.
  2. To identify URM faculty to participate in the URM Student Mentorship Program and to provide mentor training to ACSP scholars.
  3. To enhance the faculty experience of diverse faculty members and connectedness of scholars in the ACSP through professional development and social networking.
  4. To provide opportunities for faculty members from diverse communities to support UW SMPH diversity initiatives through involvement in activities that sustain our diverse (URM) students in our UW SMPH training programs.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. UW SMPH faculty members at any rank (Assistant, Associate and Professor) on any track (CT, CHS, Tenure) and in any discipline who are from racial and ethnic groups who are traditionally underrepresented in academic medicine in Wisconsin.
  2. Faculty must have a full time UW SMPH appointment (greater or equal to 0.8 FTE).

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Faculty who are currently supported by the Centennial Scholars Program are not eligible to apply.
  2. Though we hope to include Clinical Adjunct Faculty in the program in the future, they are not eligible at this time.

Program Opportunities and Requirements:

  1. Faculty who participate in the ACSP will be expected to:
    1. Take part in an introductory and advanced mentor training program.
    2. Mentor URM students in an individual or group setting.
  2. Those who submit the annual report and meet the expectations of participation will receive $2,500 that will be added to their departmental discretionary account each year.
  3. ACSP scholars have the opportunity to participate in two faculty development workshops sponsored by the Centennial Scholars Program/Affiliate Program.
  4. Each ACSP scholar may request a professional evaluation of their academic packet for promotion.

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