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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.

2017 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award Honoree

CJB Phronesis Award - Strobel

Henry W. Strobel, PhD

We are pleased to announce that Henry Strobel, PhD, Professor Emeritus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is the 2017 recipient of the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award. Dr. Strobel committed 38 years to teaching medical professionals at the University of Texas Medical School.

Prior to joining UTMS, he was heavily engaged in research focused on cytochrome P450-mediated drug metabolism which carried throughout his career. Dr. Strobel grew from assistant professor to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs as well as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

Dr. Strobel graduated from the College of Charleston and the University of North Carolina ultimately earning his PhD in Biochemistry. He developed the foundation and execution of the annual Freshman Orientation Retreat where faculty and upperclassmen gather to talk with entering students about the role and responsibilities of medical students, the opportunities for involvement beginning in the first year at the school, and the process of formation through which the student becomes the practitioner/the facilitator of healing.

Dr. Strobel has served as a member of the GFA Steering Committee and remains a great asset to the GFA today. Dr. Strobel was also honored as the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Medical Educator Award from the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund.

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

2018 Timeline:

March 2018

Call for nominations announced and submission materials available

April 2018

Nominations for award due to AAMC

May 2018

Award recipient selected and notified

July 2018

2018 GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award recipient announced and award presented at the GFA Professional Development Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

Award Criteria and Selection Process