Junior Faculty Mentor Program
In conjunction with the Strand
One & Two research
projects, RRTC: Health & Wellness will build capacity
within the disability and health field by systematically training
and mentoring junior faculty at partnering institutions. By linking
with members from the Expert Panel
on Health Intervention and Health Status Measurement, participants
will be introduced to a network of disability and health professionals
and be part of advanced level research in the field. They will
be encouraged to collaborate with junior faculty at other institutions
and to co-author articles.
Outcomes: 1) Increased knowledge and awareness
of evidence-based health promotion programs and standard health
tools; 2) Increased capacity to conduct research in disability
Target Audiences: Participating faculty members will be drawn
from a variety of fields including community psychology, occupational
therapy, disability and human development, public health, epidemiology,
and exercise sciences.
Outputs: Anticipate 10 junior faculty members will participate.
Venue: Partner institutions in Oregon, Montana, Illinois,
Florida, Texas and Kansas.
Recruit junior faculty members from partner institutions: Panel
members will invite selected potential junior faculty members at
their respective institutions to participate in the process (Yr
Train participants through exposure to expert panel: Junior faculty
members will participate in the panel meetings and research tasks
throughout the five years (Yr 1-5).
Provide ongoing mentorship and training opportunities
to participants: In addition to taking part in the panel meetings, junior faculty
will be mentored by their sponsoring panel member as well as members
from other institutions (Yr 1-5). Based on past experience, we
anticipate that most junior faculty will participate with the mentoring
process for the duration of the Center and take on increasing responsibility
for mentoring postdoctoral fellows or graduate students in their
Evaluate mentorship experience: Evaluation of the training and
mentorship experience will take place annually. Publications and
grant proposals are expected outcomes for junior faculty. Participants
will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the experience,
and revisions to the program will be made to be responsive to needs