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Junior Faculty Leadership Program(JFLP)

The Program

The Junior Faculty Leadership Program (JFLP) is a voluntary cohort group program of the Office of Faculty Development (OFD) designed for School of Medicine faculty members who are at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level with less than 4 years at rank.  The goal of this program is to provide junior faculty with the opportunity to build professional and leadership skills, and to think proactively about their future roles as managers and leaders in academic medicine. The program consists of 7 two-hour sessions held monthly on Thursday or Friday mornings (8:00-10:00 AM; continental breakfast provided) over a period of 6 months on the East Baltimore campus.

Who May Apply?

School of Medicine Department Directors may nominate or encourage people to apply, but self-nomination is also welcome.  The cohort group design of this program is meant to create a learning community that enhances course activities by building collegial relationships among newcomers to Hopkins that will enhance their experience over time.  Please use the attached form to apply by December 14th, 2013.

Session topics include: 

Session One:  Friday, January 17th, 2014
Introductions & Networking – Program Facilitators: Drs. Cindy Rand, Ph.D., Kim Skarupski, Ph.D., and Dave Yousem, M.D.
Goals Identification: Preparing Your Individual Development Plan  Cindy Rand, Ph.D.
What You Need to Know to Succeed & The Unwritten Rules for Success Janice Clements, Ph.D.  – Dr. Clements will present an overview of her list of “unwritten rules for success” along with a discussion of the institution’s mission and goals, organizational structure, code of conduct, and financial considerations it must address.

Session Two: Thursday, February 13th, 2014  This is a special session offered by TMOD, and for this reason the time is extended to a three hour block (8:00 – 11:00AM) and you must register in advance.
Flex Talk:  Using an Understanding of Personality Type to Create More Productive Outcomes (the MBTI) – Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D., Kim Skarupski, Ph.D. and Dave Yousem, M.D.- This session presents a basic theoretical framework from the behavioral sciences including personality and motivational styles and how they influence communication, conflict, and decision-making.

Session Three: Friday, March 7th, 2014
The Mentee Rules: Making the Most of the Mentee Experience – Dave Yousem, M.D. – This session asks you to consider how you could be a more effective mentee, including how you could go about selecting the best mentors and how to maximize the benefit you receive from the mentor, through scheduling, planning and organization, and providing/receiving feedback in a positive way.

Session Four: Thursday, April  24th , 2014  This is a special session offered by TMOD, and for this reason the time is extended to a three hour block (8:00 – 11:00AM) and you must register in advance.
Building Blocks for Your Career:  Negotiation Skills in Academic Medicine
 – Catherine Morrison, J.D. – How can you negotiate more productively to get what you need without creating conflict with others or damaging relationships?

Session Five:  Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Authentic Communication Skills for Difficult Conversations 
–  Cindy Rand, Ph.D., Chiquita Collins, Ph.D., and Kim Skarupski, Ph.D. – Drs. Rand, Collins, and Skarupski will present a  model of interpersonal communications and provide practice skill-building for holding authentic, crucial,  and difficult conversations.  The three layers of a conversation, “What happened?”, “How did I feel about it”, and “What does this say about my identity?” will be addressed.

Session Six:  Friday, June 6th, 2014
Ramping-up Your Scholarly Productivity: Get those Papers Out the Door!
– Donna Vogel, M.D., Ph.D., Kim Skarupski, Ph.D., and Dave Yousem, M.D. -   This session offers strategies to overcome common writing hurdles - “I have trouble getting started,” “my perfectionism prevents me from finishing,” and “I have too many other commitments and/or difficulty with time management.”  

Session Seven: Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Power, Influence, and Your Leadership Identity 
– Kim Skarupski, Ph.D. – Dr. Skarupski will lead a discussion on internalizing a leader identity and developing an elevated sense of purpose, the critical first step for junior faculty as they move into leadership roles. 
Final Review of the Individual Development Plans – Cindy Rand, Ph.D.

Recommended Optional Session: Speak Like a Pro
Speak Like a Pro I – the Basics (max 10 participants/session)January 22nd, 2014 or January 28th, 2014 - 8:00 – 11:00AM
Speak Like a Pro II (Speak Like a Pro I is a prerequisite) - February 25th, 2014 or February 27th, 2014 - 8:00 – 11:00AM
Speak Like a Pro, is a half-day session taught by Karen Storey, CFP through the regular OFD catalog. Faculty members win grants and build reputations based (to some extent) on their ability to speak with confidence to large groups of people. Speak Like a Pro offers the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need for effective presentations. You’ll learn proven techniques for planning, practicing, and delivering public presentations. Further, you will receive expert feedback from your instructor, as well as personal responses and insights from your classmates.  Focus on managing stage fright and maintaining composure in front of any audience. Voice and body language are explored as an effective communication tool. Key ways of adding maximum impact are discussed along with ways of preparing quickly and confidently for any presentation.  For this special session, class size will be limited to 7- 10 people per session.  Come prepared to speak for 3-5 minutes on a professional topic of your choice.  You will be videotaped and receive feedback on your strengths and areas that need improvement.

What if I have to miss a session?

Participants who are selected into a cohort are asked to be available to attend at least 5 of the 7 sessions.  With each new cohort, class dates will be sent to previous participants, and you will be welcome to attend any session that you have had to miss.

Instructor Bios

Janice Clements, Ph.D. is the Mary Wallace Stanton Professor of Faculty Affairs and the University Distinguished Service Professor and Vice Dean for Faculty, and Professor of Molecular and Comparative pathology.  Janice joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1978. She has led the Retrovirus Laboratory at JHU School of Medicine since 1992 and has been Vice Dean for Faculty since 2000.

Chiquita A. Collins, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. Collins is recognized at both state and national levels for her work in health disparities, primarily as it relates to the social context and various societal influences that contribute to health differences (e.g., childhood obesity) among racial/ethnic and across socioeconomic groups.

Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D., is the Senior Consultant to the Faculty Development program.  She has been working to develop leaders across the institution for the last 20 years.  Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Adult Education at North Carolina State University.

Catherine Morrison, J.D., is an Associate Faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In her role as a consultant to the office of the Vice Dean for Faculty, she consults across the SOM as a mediator and conflict resolution expert .

Kimberly A. Skarupski, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Development. Prior to joining Hopkins in April of 2013, she served for 7 years as the program director for the Rush Research & Teaching Mentoring Programs in the Office of Academic Affairs at Rush University Medical Center.

Karen Storey, CFP, is the instructor for the optional Speak Like a Pro session and  is President and Co-founder of Interactive Training, an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills.  She teaches presentation skill building around the globe to large conference groups on a broad variety of management topics.

Donna Vogel, M.D., Ph.D. is Director of the Professional Development Office, which serves students, postdocs and junior faculty. The PDO provides courses, workshops and consultation on career choices and skills.   Before coming to Hopkins, she managed a grant program at NIH.

Dave Yousem, M.D., M.B.A. is the Associate Dean for Professional Development, Professor of Radiology, and Director of Neuroradiology.  His work has also focused on advanced imaging in neoplasms of the brain, spine, head and neck. He also has a focus in quality improvement programs and operations efficiency. Dr. Yousem also teaches in the popular Master Mentor Program.

***Click Here for complete brochure and application: JFLP_2014

Please direct questions to:

Kimberly A. Skarupski, PhD, MPH

Assistant Dean for Faculty Development

Office of Faculty Development, Johns Hopkins University - School of Medicine

2024 East Monument Street, Suite 1/1400, Baltimore, MD 21287

410-502-5520 (direct), 410-502-5521 (main)

Administrative Coordinator, Julie Simon:

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