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2017 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award Honoree

CJB Phronesis Award - Thorndyke

Luanne Thorndyke, MD, FACP

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Professor of Medicine (UMMS)

We are pleased to announce that Luanne Thorndyke, MD, FACP, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), is the 2016 recipient of the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award She leads the Office of Faculty Affairs, and oversees all matters related to faculty, including faculty development; academic affairs (appointment, promotion and tenure); gender and equity issues.

Prior to joining UMMS, she was Associate Dean for Professional Development at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine/Hershey Medical Center and previously Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education. She established the Penn State Jr. Faculty Development Program, a program that has also been implemented at UMass and is a national model for faculty development and mentoring.

A graduate of Duke University and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, she is a board-certified internist and geriatrician. Scholarly interests include faculty development, mentoring, leadership and advancement of women, and faculty competencies.

Dr. Thorndyke is past-Chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs, and the GFA Membership & Nominating Committee, and a member of the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science, and Group on Diversity and Inclusion. She was recognized with the Elizabeth Blackwell Award in 2012 by the American Medical Women’s Association, the Individual Leadership Award from the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science in 2013, and most recently and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee.

The GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award


The GFA established the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award to commemorate the legacy of service and example of Dr. Bland. This award serves to honor members of the faculty affairs community who exemplify the spirit of phronesis through dedicated and selfless promotion of faculty vitality.

Phronesis (fro-NEE-sis): Acting for the welfare of others without thought for the self; seeking and enabling heroically the development and success of others.

Carole J. Bland devoted her professional career to serving the faculty at the University of Minnesota since receiving her doctorate there in 1974. Dr. Bland accepted her first position upon completion of her degree and continued there, ultimately becoming Assistant Dean for Faculty Development at the Medical School. Her work embodied a commitment to faculty success, and while her career included various titles, all of her work focused on the development of others in their professional careers. Dr. Bland served as a mentor to many and she encouraged and trained others to be mentors. Through her personal investment of time and knowledge, and by lecturing and publishing her work on mentoring and faculty development, Dr. Bland extended her effectiveness and shared her wisdom and values. She introduced the application of practices that nourished and supported faculty vitality in academia. The professional life she lived is a model which the Group on Faculty Affairs holds in the highest regard and will honor and remember with the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award.

The GFA Steering Committee received approval from AAMC to establish this award upon securing the permission of Dr. Bland's family to name this award in her honor and in recognition of Dr. Bland's service to faculty affairs, faculty development and academic medicine.

Award Criteria

Past Honorees

2016 Honoree

Luanne Thorndyke, MD, FACP
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School

2015 Honoree

Jeannette M. Shorey II, MD
Associate Dean for CME and Faculty Affairs
UAMS College of Medicine

2014 Honoree

Valerie Williams, PhD
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

2013 Honoree

Laura F. Schweitzer, PhD
Union Graduate College

2012 Honoree

Stephen P. Bogdewic, Ph.D.
Dr. George W. Copeland Professor of Family Medicine
Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Indiana University School of Medicine

2011 Honoree

Thomas R. Viggiano, MD
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Mayo Medical School

2017 Timeline:

March 2017

Call for nominations announced and submission materials available

April 2017

Nominations for award due to AAMC

May 2017

Award recipient selected and notified

July 2017

2017 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award recipient announced and award presented at the GFA Professional Development Conference in Austin, TX

Award Criteria and Selection Process