Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?
Johns Hopkins Medicine is the preeminent institution in academic medicine, world-renowned for excellence in education, research and patient care. When I met my future colleagues at a conference, I knew I wanted to serve with them — I’ve never worked in an institution that was more collegial, collaborative, smart or generous.
Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
My colleagues and my leaders inspire me every day to serve our faculty to the best of our ability. I love our faculty members. This is my family.
Carve out time to do some deep-diving into who you are, and identify your strengths and your challenge areas.
Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position.
I started as a researcher-educator in gerontology and epidemiology; I didn’t know anything about academic affairs or faculty development. About 12 years ago, I assumed a 50 percent program director position to run a Research and Teaching Mentoring Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. For seven years, I grew the mentoring program and my percent effort also gradually increased until I was doing faculty development almost full time. Then I saw the posting for assistant dean for faculty development at Hopkins and realized that it was everything I was currently doing, so I applied!
Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
WAGs (writing accountability groups)! I’ve started more than 100 WAGs in the schools of medicine, nursing and public health. WAGs are small groups of folks (four to eight) who meet for an hour once a week for 10 weeks to help establish a sustainable writing habit. They really work and people love them! WAGers report increased writing frequency (write more regularly), shorter writing session durations (write for less time), greater control over the writing process and time management, and the bonus is that they build a small community of engagement and social support.
What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” (Aristotle) Carve out time to do some deep-diving into who you are, and identify your strengths and your challenge areas. Take some faculty development courses and participate in leadership programs. You are already very powerful and you are already a leader (you’re at Hopkins — you’ve already accomplished so much)! Allow us in the Office of Faculty to help you recognize, embrace and establish your own leadership identity!