The Office Of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

Dr. BhardwajAnish Bhardwaj, MD, MBA, MS, CPE, FACMPE, FACHE, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, FANA
Vice Provost
Chairman, Department of
John Sealy Distinguished Chair of Neurology
Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neurobiology

torres_web_smAlfredo Torres, PhD, MS
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Academic Enterprise
The Herman Barnett Distinguished Professor in Microbiology and Immunology

2024 AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

Date: July 16-19, 2024, in San Diego, CA 
Internal Deadline: 
5 p.m. on February 12, 2024  

This seminar is designed for women physicians and scientists with an appointment at an AAMC member school of medicine, with a minimum of two (2) years of experience (as of the date of this seminar) as an Assistant Professor who have held an academic appointment at a school of medicine for eight years or less.  The seminar will present a foundation for modeling leadership behavior, and participants will learn critical skills and strategies to assist them as they prepare for academic promotion/advancement and to identify and take advantage of leadership opportunities.  Dues to the content focus, applicant’s CV must highlight activities that demonstrate progress towards academic promotion and engagement in leadership roles. 

The seminar is designed to immerse and engage attendees in an intensive learning experience through interactive table discussions, focused learning and application, and networking opportunities. Upon completion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors that include effective communication, expanding self-awareness, increasing financial acumen, and other leadership topics necessary for skill development and career advancement. 
  • Gain insight into overcoming challenges and developing strategies for navigating gender dynamics in the workplace.
  • Create individualized leadership goals that align with their long-term career vision and short-term goals for academic promotion/advancement.
  • Expand their network of colleagues within academic medicine and science.

 Faculty who are interested in applying may submit the following information via email to Kirk Nealy, by 5 p.m. on February 12, 2024. 

  1. A one-page summary of your goals for the seminar and how it will impact your career;
  2. A letter of support from your Chair or Division Chief – describing how your attendance will benefit your career development and the institution; and
  3. An up to date UTMB CV.  Dues to the content focus, applicant’s CV must highlight activities that demonstrate progress towards academic promotion and engagement in leadership roles.

OFAPD will provide financial support up to $2,275.00 to cover the expenses for one (1) faculty member.  The balance could be paid by using faculty development funds, endowments, or personal funds.

Seminar information is available here:

Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship

Now Accepting Nominations – all qualified junior-level faculty:
Internal Deadline:  February 16, 2024

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is requesting nominations for the 2024 Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship Award.  A medical school may nominate one (1) current junior faculty member for this award.  A candidate must: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Hold the rank of full-time assistant professor in a LCME-accredited U.S. medical school department.
  • Have held the assistant professor position appointment no earlier than July 1, 2010.
  • Have received only one appointment as assistant professor.
  • Hold a MD, PhD, or have earned another doctoral degree.

This award recognizes an outstanding assistant-level faculty member who demonstrates leadership potential in addressing inequity in medical education and health care; demonstrates efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States; and is committed to a career in academic medicine.

The recipient receives a $25,000 grant to support a project performed in the United States to support racial and ethnic minorities. Funding for the fellowship begins in November of the year the fellowship is awarded. The recipient will be required to submit a final narrative and financial report by November 2026.  Recipients are required to accept the award at Learn Serve Lead 2024:  The AAMC Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

If you are, or know of someone who is interested in applying for this award, please send nomination packet to Kirk Nealy,, by 5 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2024:

  1. A letter of recommendation from the nominee’s department or section chair.
  2. A letter of recommendation from an individual of the nominee’s choosing.
  3. A personal statement from the nominee discussing their motivations and objectives for a career in academic medicine and for achieving health equity for racial and ethnic minorities (not to exceed two double-spaced pages).
  4. A project description which could include project aims, objectives, goals, and potential accomplishments (not to exceed two double-spaced pages).
  5. An itemized one-page budget with specific details on how the fellowship funds will be used. Include description of any supplemental resources that may support this project. (e.g., other funding, protected time, etc.).
  6. A current curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominee, which clearly indicates exact date of appointment and current contact information.

All letters and personal statements should be double-spaced, have one-inch margins, and be written in Times New Roman 12-point font.

Note:  Those holding an A&P primary appointment do not qualify for this opportunity 

Please submit this information by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024, to allow time for review of materials prior to the April 5, 2024, external deadline.  For detailed information, please visit:


AAMC Alpha Omega Robert Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

Deadline: February 2, 2024, 5:00 pm
Now Accepting Nominations – all qualified faculty are encouraged to apply:

The Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards were established by the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in 1988 to recognize faculty members who have distinguished themselves in medical student education.  The award is named for longtime Alpha Omega Alpha executive secretary Robert J. Glaser, MD.

The Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards recognize outstanding contributions to medical education made by gifted teachers.  Up to four awards are granted each year. 

Each awardee will receive a $10,000 prize.  The awardee’s nominating institution will receive a grant of $2,500 for teaching activities, and, if the nominating institution has an Alpha Omega Alpha chapter, the chapter will receive a $1,000 grant for support of its activities. 

Nomination Criteria:

  • Must hold the rank of Assistant Professor or higher in either a tenure or nontenure track.
  • Educational accomplishments should be principally in medical student education, including innovative work and products in the support and delivery of the educational program (e.g., technological enhancements to assist medical students in the learning process).
  • Received prior recognition as an outstanding teacher, either from their institution, another institution, or state, regional, or national organizations.
  • Have published in the field of medical education and whose educational materials have been adopted by other institutions will be especially considered.  Strong examples include grants, MedEdPORTAL contributions, and invited presentations.
  • Demonstrates standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity. 

For faculty interested in applying for nomination, you may submit the following information via email to Kirk Nealy, by 5 pm on February 2, 2024:

  1. Curriculum Vitae and complete bibliography.
  2. Personal statement as to why you feel that you qualify for the nomination.

Only one person can be nominated from The University of Texas Medical Branch.