Jacquelyn Campbell and Lisa Cooper have been named winners of Johns Hopkins University's newly established Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring, which recognizes outstanding commitment to facilitating the development of early- and mid-career faculty.
The award was created as part of a series of initiatives, announced in November, to strengthen mentoring across the university. It includes a $5,000 honorarium.
Campbell and Cooper were recognized during a ceremony today at Charles Commons.
"Through thoughtful and devoted mentoring, we can help our colleagues to develop, grow, and build deeper relationships, which contributes to faculty retention and our overall university culture," JHU Provost Robert C. Lieberman said. "The inaugural faculty mentoring awards reflect the university's commitment to ensuring that every early- and mid-career faculty member has access to an effective mentor."
Campbell is the Anna D. Wolf Professor at the School of Nursing and a professor in Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a national leader in research and advocacy in the fields of domestic violence and intimate partner violence.
"Dr. Campbell is a mentor, role model, colleague, and friend," said Nancy Glass, associate dean for research at the School of Nursing and part of a group of colleagues who nominated Campbell. "She has mentored me for 23 years, selflessly giving her time and expertise to help me grow as a researcher and educator. For me, her strength as a mentor comes from her constant encouragement to push the science forward with the goal of ending violence against women globally."
Added Patricia Davidson, dean of the School of Nursing, in her letter of nomination: "Her mentorship has not only touched the lives of individual faculty but also has been instrumental to developing a culture of excellence and scholarship in the number one graduate school of nursing in the United States."
Cooper holds joint appointments in JHU's schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. Her research program focuses on patient-centered strategies for improving outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.
Cooper's work informs the training of physicians and the institutions in which they practice to deliver high quality, equitable care to increasingly diverse patient populations. "Dr. Cooper has experienced tremendous personal and professional challenges and triumphs," Deidra Crews, associate professor of medicine and associate vice chair for diversity and inclusion in the Department of Medicine, writes in her nominating letter. "What makes her so unique as a mentor is that she shares these experiences with her mentees and uses them to teach and guide us. She has mastered the art of bringing out the best in others."
Sara Bleich, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, also contributed to Cooper's nomination.
"Dr. Cooper exemplifies mentorship, committing time out of her busy schedule to meet frequently, acting as my advocate to promote my research and career advancement, and encouraging me to take steps in new directions," Bleich said. "She has also been a personal role-model in her ability to find the very elusive work-life balance. Dr. Cooper has a rare combination of intelligence, compassion, and humility that inspires and guides those around her. I feel to fortunate to have her in my corner."