Early Career Faculty Working Group


Jordana Hoppe, MD

Arianna Martin, PsyD

Leslie McCallen (incoming chair), MS, CGC

Cristy Geno Rasmussen (chair), PhD

Caitlin Middleton, PhD

Imran Sayed, MD

Hui Zhang, MD

Kalie Tommerdahl, MD


Mission Statement

The Early Career Faculty Working Group is a small group of junior faculty members with a primary mission to address topics of specific interest to early career faculty in the Department of Pediatrics.

We strive to promote discussion and facilitate interaction among faculty members who may otherwise never work together.

This group also serves as a support network to allow for research and clinical collaborations and for representation of early career faculty interests at the Department of Pediatrics Academic and Faculty Affairs meetings.

We strive to provide seminars on topics of interest to early career faculty and to organize a formal retreat every other year.

Past Events

Examples of previous events sponsored by the ECFWG include:

  • Developing Your Teaching Skills and Strategies
  • Now What? How to Develop a Project after Receiving a Grant
  • June Social at Cedar Creek Pub
  • Wellness Event
  • How to Navigate COMIRB Seminar
  • Junior Faculty Career Promotion Retreat
  • CU Retirement Benefits Q&A Session
  • Mentorship in the Department of Pediatrics Seminar
  • Ice Cream Social at CHCO
  • Junior Faculty Retreat at the Denver Zoo
  • How to Network Panel Discussion
  • Happy Hour at the Hyatt Regency Aurora

On Aug. 20, 2018, the ECFWG sponsored a personal finance event, which provided information on budgeting, retirement planning and wills. This event was recorded, and current faculty members can view the video at https://youtu.be/Oln7bdOS8zk

Helpful Links

Career Cornerstones​
Come together, learn together faculty development sessions. A commitment to join cohort and attend all sessions requested. Certificate of completion provided upon completion of all four.

Career Development/Leadership Co-Mentor Program​
Provides instruction to faculty members who have mentored others for years, but have not had formal training. Evidence-based strategies will teach mentor/mentee pairs the skills they need to get the most out of their mentoring relationships.

Clinical Faculty Scholars Program​
To help emerging investigators obtain a career development award (K08, K23 or foundation equivalent), or a first independent, extramural project award (R21, R01 or equivalent) through guided project development, educational seminars, grant writing classes, and mentorship participants.

Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Training​
Regulatory Training and Education - Federal requirements for education in the protection of human research participants are met according to COMIRB policy for all affiliated/local principal investigators, co-investigators, and research coordinators listed on human research protocols by successfully completing the CITI course in human subject protections AND the Conflict of Interest (COI) prior to submitting a protocol.

CU Women Succeeding: Professional Development Symposium​
The CU Women Succeeding: Professional Development Symposium is an annual event in the CU system organized by the Faculty Council Women’s Committee. It is a day of recognition, information, networking, career development, support and more.

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Handbook
Information and services available for faculty. (.pdf)

Excellence in Leadership Program​
The Excellence in Leadership Program helps current leaders become more effective at managing key challenges of a dynamic CU system.

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine​ (associate/full professors, women only)
The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program offers an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry and public health.

Faculty Development Events​
Courses on Improving Teaching, Communicating, Mentoring, and Advising

K to R Transition (KTR) Program​
A pre-submission mock grant review process for faculty who are submitting their first R-level application to the NIH. This CCTSI program provides the opportunity for anyone to submit their R-type grant proposals for internal review prior to submission to the funding agency.

LITeS Program​
Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS) is offered annually to a cohort of 20-30 University of Colorado senior and emerging leaders. Structured as a year-long experience, individuals attend a quarterly series of 2-day workshops focused on building leadership skills.

National Opportunities for Leadership Development
A listing of National Leadership Development Programs available. (.pdf)

Pre K Program​
Assists junior faculty and their mentors in the writing of successful career development awards by providing a local pre-review of K applications (and their equivalents).

A discount program available to faculty for activities and services in downtown Denver.

Women in Medicine and Science​
The Women in Medicine and Science Committee was formed to identify the major issues and to provide leadership for these issues. The committee has representatives from the School of Medicine, University Hospital, Denver Health Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Women’s Leadership Program
A two-day session followed by two or three half-day sessions over one year.