Vol. 13 No. 1 - August, 2010

Faculty Diversity

Fostering development of a faculty workforce representative of the communities we serve

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UMMS Technology and Media Services
Sonia Ortiz-Miranda, PhD, with mentor Jose Lemos, PhD, professor of physiology and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology

Consistent with the strategic goals to create the workforce of the future, the Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) is dedicated to UMass Medical School’s goal of supporting and fostering the recruitment, retention and career development of faculty that are under-represented in medicine and the sciences at UMMS. Building on the efforts of Interim Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Chyke A. Doubeni, MD, MPH, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, the OFA will continue efforts to increase the competitiveness of UMMS in attracting and retaining a faculty workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.

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Office of Faculty Affairs
Rashelle Brown Hayes, PhD, (center), and Benjamin Nwosu, MD, (right), with Chyke Doubeni, MD, MPH, interim vice provost for diversity and assistant professor of family medicine & community health

  • Faculty Diversity Scholars Program (FDSP): The Faculty Diversity Scholars Program is a research fellowship with the primary goal to support the recruitment and career advancement of faculty from diverse backgrounds that are underrepresented in the health sciences. Currently, the program supports three faculty:
    • Sonia Ortiz-Miranda, PhD, research assistant professor of physiology
    • Benjamin U. Nwosu, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics
    • Rashelle Brown Hayes, PhD, instructor of medicine
  • Conference Support: The OFA co-sponsors attendance at national conferences and seminars for under-represented minority faculty in support of their professional development. Included is attendance at the AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar designed for junior faculty who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine.