Career development professorships created to recognize outstanding individuals

April 09, 2004

Since January 2003, five career development professorships have been created in the Penn State College of Medicine. Career development professorships are a valuable tool for the college to recognize and assist outstanding individuals as they begin their career. Because these professorships are awarded for a limited period of time, they provides continued opportunities for the college to recruit rising academic stars.

Kevin Grigsby, vice dean for faculty and administrative affairs said, "Too often, eligibility for endowed professorships is limited to successful senior faculty members. Career development professorships are different as they offer outstanding University faculty critical financial support and encouragement at the start of an academic career. A three-year period of support allows junior faculty to direct initial energies to the classroom, thereby establishing a commitment to teaching. Start-up funds for new areas of research and teaching laboratories may be provided as a means for recognizing early outstanding academic accomplishments."

Among those who recognize the value of these professorships is Laurence M. Demers. Demers created the Laurence M. Demers career development professorship in pathology and medicine as a way to provide critical financial support and encouragement for faculty starting an academic career in the divisions of endocrinology and clinical pathology.

The Department of Anesthesiology also recognized the value of this support for new faculty. The department created three career development professorships last year — the faculty career development professorship in anesthesiology, the Garfield B. Russell career development professorship in medical education and the Donald E. Martin career development professorship in anesthesia and pain medicine.

The fifth career development professorship was created through various gifts to the medical center. These gifts were combined to create the career development professorship in hematology.

As an academic medical center the College of Medicine is committed to the education of health professionals. Career development professorships demonstrate this commitment by making funds available to attract the best new faculty and assist them in establishing a career in academic medicine.

For more information about creating a career development professorship, call the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations at (717) 531-8497.

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