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Peers for Promotion: Facilitated Peer Mentoring (FPM) program, sponsored by the UMMS Office of Faculty Affairs, is designed to help faculty advance and transition to the rank of Associate Professor.

The program is intended for faculty who have been an Assistant Professor for 5-10 years and would like to work on becoming an Associate Professor within the next two years.

Topics covered in the Peers for Promotion (FPM) address the components needed for the promotion package and for the successful transition to Associate Professor.

The Program

The Peers for Promotion: FPM program consists of three components:

  • an interactive monthly group meetings providing peer-to-peer mentoring, facilitated by Drs. Judith Ockene and Joanna Cain
  • a comprehensive curriculum that provides information for preparing documents needed for promotion to Associate Professor and development of competencies useful for transition to Associate Professor
  • an individual promotion plan developed to fill an identified gap to attain promotion to Associate Professor
  • two individual consultations with Dr. Ockene or Dr. Cain

Time Commitment

The expected time commitment is 2 hours monthly for each group meeting and about 2 hours monthly for preparation, selected leadership seminars, and project work.

The Peers for Promotion: FPM program runs from October 2014 - May 2015 for 9 sessions from 4:00-6:00pm on the following dates:

  • 2014: October 22, November 19, and December 17
  • 2015: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 13
                  and May 20 - Celebration Dinner 4:00-7:00pm

The Expectations

Participants are expected to attend 80% of the monthly group meetings, complete the individual project, and be committed to promotion.

The Promotion Portfolio

Each participant will identify a gap in their promotion portfolio that is needed in order to advance to the rank of Associate Professor. The identified portfolio item(s) will be addressed and completed during the course of the program with the guidance of peers and senior faculty mentors.

Possible projects include:

  • the narrative statement
  • effective CVs
  • reference letters
  • teaching portfolio
  • research or scholarly activities
  • clinical / professional service
  • establishing a national or international presence

The Mentoring Relationship

Mentoring is an essential component of the Peers for Promotion: FPM. Two senior faculty mentors will facilitate the group sessions and provide participants with guidelines for peer to peer mentoring and promotion.

The Application and Participation

Each eligible Assistant Professor interested in participating completes a brief application describing career goals and how participation in the Peers for Promotion: Facilitated Peer Mentoring (FPM) program will assist with advancement to Associate Professor.

The applicant meets with their Department Chair or Division Chief to discuss the time commitment involved in participating in the program. Department Chairs or Chiefs must support the faculty member’s participation.

Submit applications and CVs to 

Applicants will be notified by September 30,2014 of the committee's decision.


Please contact us if you have any questions about the program or application process:
Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA, Associate Vice Provost for Gender & Equity, Office of Faculty Affairs
Joanna Cain, MD, Director of Faculty Talent Management, Office of Faculty Affairs

Peers for Promotion

Call for Applications

OFA is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 program. Open to male and female faculty who have been an Assistant Professor 5-10 years and would like to advance to Associate Professor within the next two years.

Download an application