Published Research

OFA conducts research to assess the effectiveness of its interventions on climate, behavior, retention, and faculty success. We have delivered national presentations and published peer-reviewed research on faculty in Health Sciences.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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A System-Wide Health Sciences Faculty Mentor Training Program Is Associated with Improved Effective Mentoring and Institutional Climate | December 2021 | JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA, Deborah Wingard, PhD, Virginia Hazen, PhD, Alexandra Bortnick, PhD, Karen Van Hoesen, MD, Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, Christine Pfund, PhD, Vivian Reznik, MD, MPH
Abstract: Mentorship is critical for faculty success, satisfaction, and engagement. However, many faculty, particularly underrepresented racial/ethnic (UR) faculty, lack access to high quality mentoring. In an effort to improve mentoring for all faculty, we developed and implemented a formal structured faculty mentor training program (FMTP) across UC San Diego Health Sciences, which included institutional support, mentorship training and department/division mentorship programs.
Abstract: The exclusion of Blacks/African-Americans, Latinx/Hispanics, and Indigenous people from science has resulted in their underrepresentation in the biomedical workforce, especially in academia. Faculty diversity at academic institutions is unacceptably low (<6%) and has remained unchanged in the past 20 years. Despite low representation, faculty of color are disproportionately tasked with service to enhance diversity and inclusion of the academy, often to the detriment of their research and academic success. This essay offers a perspective on the undue burden of service placed on underrepresented faculty to achieve institutional diversity and inclusion. I reflect on the challenges that faculty of color face trying to maintain a competitive research program while serving the needs of the academy, often in a capacity greater than that of their well-represented peers. I also discuss opportunities for faculty of color to leverage related diversity and inclusion work to boost their career progression and academic advancement.
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