Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

Faculty Fellows Leadership Program

2010 Faculty Fellows Alan Cheng, MD and
Amin Al-Ahmad, MD

The Faculty Fellows Program is offered to selected mid-level faculty members on track to become high-level leaders. The goals of the program are to build community and to instill the skills and attitudes of leaders, including a commitment to the role of diversity in achieving excellence. Three major components make up the Faculty Fellows Program:

Monthly Dinner Meetings - Fellows attend monthly meetings featuring invited leaders who serve as role models by sharing their own leadership journeys, describing their own leadership styles and addressing specific challenges they have faced in their own careers.

Small-group Leadership Mentoring - Faculty members with the rank of full professor serve as volunteer mentors to groups of four or fewer participants. The groups meet once between each of the dinner meetings to discuss leadership challenges specifically and in general. Other topics, such as work/life balance issues, are also open for discussion.

Development Planning - Fellows engage in a structured process aimed at identifying opportunities for growth and development. The result is a personalized career development plan that they work with their chair or division chief to implement. Both the fellow and the chair/division chief are encouraged to take what they learn about the process for successfully developing career development plans and implement it with others whom they supervise.

Selection Process - The Faculty Fellows Program is designed to include 14 to 16 participants each year. Candidates are nominated by their department chairs and other supervisors, and are ranked on the basis of leadership potential and demonstrated commitment to building diversity. Particular effort is made to ensure diversity within each cohort, with approximately half being women and 25 percent being from underrepresented minorities.







Julie Moseley, Phd; Hannah Valantine, MD and 2010
Faculty Fellows participants Robb Dodd, MD, Phd
and Neeraja Kambham, MD


Testimonials from Past Participants

Richard Shaw, MD
Professor, Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

2009 Faculty Fellows Participant
During the year long program, I gained a deep understanding of the working of the university and the medical school. The program helped me develop significant relationships with key faculty outside of my own department. I also came to appreciate the numerous opportunities that exist at Stanford.

One of the most valuable components to the program are the monthly small group lunches with a senior faculty mentor. These meetings in particular helped foster an intimacy and cohesion within which our group was able to discuss career survival strategies.

In my opinion, this program is unique in offering faculty a protected time and space in which to reflect on the road already travelled as well as the options for the path ahead.





Ruth O'Hara, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences
2009 Faculty Fellows Participant

When I was selected for the Faculty Fellows Program of the Stanford School of Medicine in 2009, I anticipated that it would be a valuable experience. The program is designed to help the fellows better develop their leadership skills for the benefit of their careers both within and outside Stanford University. The program not only did all that for me but it far exceeded my expectations.

Throughout the program Fellows had the opportunity to learn from leaders among the university faculty and administration, who shared their experiences and lessons from their own careers. We also worked with senior faculty mentors in small groups to better understand the overall structure and decision making processes at the level of leadership within the university. In their presentations, speakers imparted the most important lessons they had learned from their own careers, and they and our mentors provided a wealth of practical advice about how to bring leadership skills to the complexities of the academic world.

Finally, we were provided with an opportunity to understand our own strengths and how to better apply them. We were also provided with constructive and highly useful feedback on how to improve our leadership abilities and methods of engaging with others.

Perhaps the most important discovery I made through the program was that challenges that I had thought were unique to my own experience were, in fact, routine occurrences within the academic system. In gaining more perspective on leadership and career paths from the seasoned advisers and mentors in the program, I was able to understand how such barriers are actually an integral part of what one deals with as a leader, and the program was instrumental in imparting how such challenges can be effectively approached and overcome and how I could apply these insights to my own career.

Finally, the opportunity to interact with the other Fellows during our year-long program provided an invaluable forum for developing interdisciplinary connections across departments, and gaining a better understanding of the university structure as a whole. This lively interaction gave me a clearer sense of how issues and challenges I face are shared and dealt with by others. The many important lessons I learned through this enriching program of professional development will benefit me greatly in my future at Stanford and help me immeasurably in advancing my career goals and my full leadership potential in my field.

Faculty Fellow, Ruth O’Hara, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine.

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