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Guidelines for the GFA Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award

Individual Award - Eligibility


Individual nominees for the annual Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award should be individuals working in the area of faculty affairs or faculty development and (usually) members (or retired members) of the GFA. Members of the seated GFA Steering Committee, Subcommittees or GFA ad hoc bodies are not eligible to be nominated until at least one year after their active service has concluded.

Nominees for the annual Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award should be individuals with at least five years of history contributing to the field of faculty affairs or faculty development in academic medicine. A selection committee appointed by the GFA Steering Committee will look for evidence of a nominee's excellence as:

  • an innovator,
  • a nurturer/mentor,
  • a leader, and
  • an educator/academician with regional and/or national impact in the areas of faculty affairs and faculty development.

Please see the Nomination Form  for additional guidelines and criteria.


Nomination packets will be reviewed by the Membership and Nominating Subcommittee who will rank the top three candidates and make their recommendations to the Steering Committee, who will select and notify the recipient. Upon agreement to accept the award, the Steering Committee Chair will notify the remaining nominees. The selected nominee will remain confidential until the annual GFA Professional Development Conference, at which time the recipient will be named and the award conferred.


The deadline for 2017 nomination submissions ended on April 17, 2017. The 2018 nomination cycle will open early March.

Award Presentation

Presentation of the Award will be made at the Group on Faculty Affairs annual Professional Development Conference and the award recipient will be invited to address the audience with a 15-30 minute presentation.

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