Nominations for the 2021 faculty awards will open in late 2020.
The Office for Faculty manages the application and selection process for the following faculty awards:
Excellence in Professionalism Award
The Excellence in Professionalism Award was established to recognize the importance of promoting ethical and professional behavior within our community. This award is presented annually to a faculty member who exemplifies professionalism and personifies Duke’s guiding principles of respect, trustworthiness, diversity, teamwork, and learning. All Medical Center faculty, staff and trainees are invited to nominate regular rank faculty in the School of Medicine and letters should include specific examples of how the faculty member exemplifies the qualities of professionalism. The award carries a small monetary prize.
Ruth and A. Morris Williams Faculty Research Prize
The Ruth and A. Morris Williams Faculty Research Prize was established to advance research opportunities for younger faculty members and to help publicize the caliber of medical research underway at Duke. The Williams Prize recognizes groundbreaking research in basic or clinical science in alternate years. The 2020 Williams Prize will recognize outstanding contributions in clinical science research and will provide a $25,000 award to the recipient, of which $5,000 is granted as a personal prize with the remainder supporting the recipient’s research. Applicants must be School of Medicine faculty who are 45 years of age or younger as of April 30, 2020.
Leonard Palumbo Jr., MD Faculty Achievement Award
The Leonard Palumbo Jr., MD Faculty Achievement Award, established in 1999, recognizes a member of the School of Medicine faculty who displays dedication to compassionate patient care and excellence in the teaching and mentoring of young physicians. The award was created in memory of Dr. Palumbo through an endowment gift by his brother, Mr. E. Arthur Palumbo (Trinity College ’49). The award carries a $25,000 stipend to further the academic development of the recipient. All Medical Center faculty and staff are invited to nominate regular rank faculty in the School of Medicine who exemplify the traits honored by this faculty award.
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award is designed to recognize compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of healthcare. This award is presented annually to a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; as well as demonstrated clinical excellence. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors this annual award for a faculty member from 99 of the nation's medical schools. All Medical Center faculty and staff are invited to nominate regular rank faculty in the School of Medicine who exemplify the traits honored by this faculty award. The award carries a small monetary prize.
Research Mentoring Awards
The Research Mentoring Awards recognize faculty members in the School of Medicine for excellence in research mentoring. Excellence can be demonstrated in many ways such as by the accomplishments of individual mentees, by programs implemented by the mentor, or by exceptional creativity in mentoring. To be eligible, the nominated faculty member must be regular rank. Winners will be recognized each year in the following categories and will receive a monetary prize:
- Early Career Mentoring Award in Basic Science/Translational Science (Assistant or Associate Professor)
- Early Career Mentoring Award in Clinical Research/Population Health (Assistant or Associate Professor)
- Career Mentoring Award in Basic Science/Translational Science (Full Professor)
- Career Mentoring Award in Clinical Research/Population Health (Full Professor)
Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award
The Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award will also be presented at the annual Spring Faculty Meeting in May. The Hammes award is intended to recognize continuing excellence in teaching and mentoring, and exemplary commitment to the education of graduate students within Basic Science Departments and Graduate Training Programs of the School of Medicine. The nominees and winners are selected by a graduate student committee. For more information contact Dede Crosmer.
Winners will be recognized at the annual School of Medicine Spring Faculty Celebration.*
Questions? Contact Dede Crosmer at email@example.com or 919.684.5002.
*In accordance with social distancing guidelines, the 2020 Spring Faculty Celebration previously scheduled for May 5 has been cancelled. Please join us in recognizing those colleagues who won a School of Medicine award this year. We hope to find a special way to recognize all winners on a future date.