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Mentoring Academy

The Mentoring Academy is designed to develop both the mentoring skills and grant writing skills of MCCTR funded investigators, young investigators, and faculty members who wish to serve as mentors for MCCTR investigators. The curriculum spans two semesters.  

In the fall semester, participants receive training in topics ranging from effective communication, aligning expectations, assessment of understanding, promoting diversity and inclusion, fostering independence of trainees, and promoting professional development. Faculty with established mentoring and funding track records will serve as facilitators for each topic. Success will be determined by two outcomes. First, all participants will be able to articulate their approach to mentoring at the conclusion of the sessions. Second, all participants will complete a survey that will serve as an assessment tool to evaluate program efficacy for each class and compare data longitudinally.  

In the spring semester, participants enroll in an established course at UMMC, Grant and Scientific Communication (MSCI790). Over the course of the semester, the participants will learn about grant writing strategies beginning with the development of hypotheses and specific aims, and continuing through the research plan. Success will be determined by each participant completing the course with a fully developed research proposal that can be submitted for extramural funding.

The 2017-18 mentoring academy was successfully completed by 15 individuals. To maximize one-on-one training, a smaller class size was selected for 2018-19. Six individuals are currently enrolled in the 2018-19 mentor academy, described below.

Course dates

Fall SemesterFacultySession Topics*
Session 1 - Monday, September 24th, 2018Dr. Michael Ryan
  • Introduction and program expectations
  • Maintaining effective communications
Session 2 - Thursday, October 11th, 2018Dr. John Hall
Dr. James Wilson
  • Aligning expectations
  • Assessing understanding
Session 3 - Monday, November 5th, 2018Dr. Merry Lindsey
Dr. Daniel Jones
  • Addressing equity and inclusion
  • Fostering Independence
Session 4 - December - TBDDr. Joey Granger
Dr. Michael Hall
  • Promoting professional development
  • Articulating mentoring philosophy

*Each session will last for 2-3 hours. Meeting dates are subject to change in order to ensure that all participants attend. 

Class of 2018-19

  • Hwanseok Choi, PhD, Associate Professor, Public Health, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Caroline Compretta, PhD, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Denise Cornelius, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Angela Duck, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Judy Gordy, PhD, Adjunt Faculty, School of Health Related Professions, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Deborah Konkle-Parker, PhD, Professor, Medicine and Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center


The Mentoring Academy is accepting applications for the fall 2019 semester. Applications are due August 2019. To apply, submit the application face page, a curriculum vitae, a one- to two-page application letter of interest, and a letter of recommendation from your department chair or a senior faculty member to

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