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Eligible faculty

Three scholars are appointed per year. Eligible faculty members should have a primary appointment in Pediatrics on the clinician educator or clinical practice track and be early in their career development.


Faculty members will be appointed as Dodd scholars for up to two (2) renewable one (1)  year terms. They will receive additional financial support during these two years to foster career development and scholarly activity (funds may be used to support research or program costs or to support participation in courses or meetings which will enhance the scholar's career development). In addition, they will Identify and work with a mentor for career development and a mentor for project development


Appropriate mentors are faculty who have a history of individual success and a track record of successful mentoring. Scholars will select mentors at the time of application. Scholars who complete the program will be asked to serve as mentors-in-training for future scholars by serving on mentoring committees for scholars.

Activities and renewal

Visiting scholar events: A visiting professor delivers a talk at department level, meets with scholars in small groups and/or individually.

Monthly meetings with scholars and/or mentors: These meetings can include works in progress, peer mentoring, and presentations from national meeting workshop reviews.

Scholar symposium: A discussion led by scholars completing program.

Renewal of the scholar's appointment is based on completion of expected milestones and participation in scholar program activities

Selection criteria

Selection criteria for the program include commitment to and aptitude for an academic career, prior academic success, a demonstrated aptitude for excellence in teaching and/or service, identification of an appropriate mentor and identification of an appropriate project. Particular attention will be given to enhancing the diversity of scholars.

Application process

  • Completed application form: Word formatPDF format
  • Letter from mentor stating support for the candidate, ensuring resources will be available to complete the project, and describing their track record of prior mentoring
  • Candidate's CV (in Vanderbilt format)
  • Career goals statement
  • Two or three page description of project


The Faculty Scholars Program is coordinated by Office of Faculty Development. The Advisory Committee provides program oversight and evaluation and participates in scholar selection.

Advisory Committee

William Cooper, M.D., M.P.H. (Chair)
Kecia Carroll, M. D., M.P.H.
Joseph Gigante, M.D.
James A. Johns, M.D.
Kevin B. Johnson, M.D., M.S.
Deborah Jones, M.D., M.S.
Christoph Lemann, M.D.
Jill Simmons, M.D.
William F. Walsh, M.D.

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