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2015 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award Honoree

CJB Phronesis Award - Shorey

Steve Block, MB, BCh (left) presents

the 2015 Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award

to Jeannette M. Shorey II, MD

We are pleased to announce that Jeannette M. Shorey II, MD, Associate Dean for CME and Faculty Affairs, University of Arkansas College of Medicine, is the 2015 recipient of the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award.  Nominated by several of her Faculty Affairs' peers, Dr. Shorey "inspires faculty, provides compassionate support for them to work toward their goals, educates them with the skills necessary to proceed to leadership positions, and improves the institutional environment to facilitate attracting and maintaining faculty in academic medicine positions."

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Shorey noted that "being nominated is an amazing affirmation for me.  Being selected to receive this award is an extraordinary honor.  GFA members, GDI members, you all are the people who know best what REALLY constitutes the depth and breadth of what we do to support our faculty – from brief interactions to big policy changes.  It means the world to me to be recognized by you with this award.  I sincerely thank you." 

Dr. Steven M. Block, Chair of the GFA Membership and Nominating Subcommittee, presented the award to Dr. Shorey at the 2015 GDI/GFA Professional Development Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 28.

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

2016 Timeline:

March 2016

Call for nominations announced and submission materials available

April 2016

Nominations for award due to AAMC

May 2016

Award recipient selected and notified

July 2016

2016 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award recipient announced and award presented at the GFA Professional Development Conference in Vancouver, Canada

Award Criteria and Selection Process

Past Honorees:

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