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2018 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award


Carole J. Bland, Ph.D.

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.

2018 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award Honoree

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Karen D. Novielli, MD

We are pleased to announce that Karen D. Novielli, MD, the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University and Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, is the 2018 recipient of the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award.

In Dr. Novielli's various roles, she has oversight of faculty affairs, faculty development and continuing professional development across the University’s ten colleges. Prior to assuming her present administrative role, Dr. Novielli served as Section Chief and Fellowship Director for Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She was the recipient of a federally-funded departmental research career development award, and has published on topics related to geriatrics, medical education, and faculty affairs. She is a past recipient of the AAMC Thomas Hale Ham Award for New Investigators in Medical Education Research. She has served on scientific review panels as well as career development award review panels.

Dr. Novielli is a past Chair of the Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Current areas of academic interest for Dr. Novielli include understanding factors which impact and improve the career satisfaction of medical school faculty and measuring and improving outcomes related to faculty development and faculty affairs activities.

Award Criteria

Past Honorees

2017 Honoree

Henry W. Strobel, PhD
Professor Emeritus
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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

2019 Timeline:

March 2019

Call for nominations announced and submission materials available

April 2019

Nominations for award due to AAMC

May 2019

Award recipient selected and notified

July 2019

2019 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award recipient announced and award presented at the GFA Professional Development Conference in Chicago, Illinois

Award Criteria and Selection Process