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Junior Faculty Development Program

The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) provides a foundation for the success of junior faculty at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Since the program was introduced in 2003, it has served as an important steppingstone for faculty interested in taking their academic careers to the next level.

The program welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and interests who share a passion for inquiry, improvement and collaboration.

The program runs from September to May each year and consists of two components:

  • A comprehensive curriculum delivered through a series of weekly lessons
  • An individual project completed under the guidance of a senior faculty mentor (assigned by the JFDP leadership)

An application link will be posted when applications are being accepted.

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About JFDP

Goals of JFDP Expand answer
  • To promote the development and advancement of faculty.
  • To nurture and cultivate junior faculty to become the next generation of academic leaders.
  • To support the retention of faculty talent through improved networking, formation of a peer group, understanding of the varied roles of the faculty in an academic health center and awareness of opportunities at Penn State.
Curriculum Topics Expand answer


  • Identifying Opportunities for Scholarship
  • Brainstorming and Refining Scholarly Questions
  • Concept Models and Concept Papers
  • Step-Back Analysis
  • Proposal Writing
  • Navigating Project Resources and Oversight
  • Proposal Review & Mock Review
  • Peer Review – Practice
  • Project Poster Presentation (Evening Session)
  • Project Presentation – Practice
  • Project Presentation – Formal (End of Year)
  • Effective Posters


  • Perspectives on Teaching & Learning
  • Building Education: Design Thinking; Backward by Design
  • Teaching Skills
  • Focus Teaching Project
  • Educator Toolbox

Professional Development

  • Getting Acquainted Activity – Professional Temperament
  • Negotiation Panel & AC-40 Role Play
  • Effective Professional Documents: CV & Biosketch
  • Time Management
  • Educator Portfolio and P & T
  • Manuscript Review and Ethics
  • Diverse Groups: Unconscious Bias/Microaggression
  • Academic Compensation in Clinical and Basic Science Departments

Professional Identity

  • Systems Thinking
  • Resilience and Engagement
  • Kick-Off
  • Conversations with Leadership
  • Working in Teams
  • Core Values/Setting Goals
Applying to JFDP Expand answer

Application information for JFDP will be posted when applications are being accepted.

Past Participants Expand answer

News stories


A full directory of past JFDP participants and their mentors and projects is listed here.

The JFDP Team Expand answer
Four people are pictured standing in a row in front of bookshelves.

The Junior Faculty Development Program co-directors and support staff are, from left, Dr. Daniel Wolpaw; Dr. Sarah Bronson; Dr. Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld; and Rebecca Moyer.

Planning Team

  • Catherine Abendroth, MD – JFDP Planning Team Member, Professor and Chief for the Division of Anatomic Pathology
  • Jed Gonzalo, MD, MSc – JFDP Planning Team Member, Associate Dean for Health Systems Education
  • Paul Haidet, MD, MPH – JFDP Planning Team Member, Professor of Medicine and Humanities, and Director of Medical Education Research
  • Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, MD – JFDP Planning Team Member; Associate Professor of Medicine; and Public Health Sciences
  • Ann Ouyang, MD – JFDP Planning Team Member, Associate Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Medicine
  • Ian Simpson, PhD – JFDP Planning Team Member; Professor of Neural & Behavioral Sciences
  • Nadine Hempel, PhD – JFDP Planning Team Member; Associate Professor or Pharmacology
  • Timothy Riley, MD – JFDP Planning Team Member; Assistant Professor or Family and Community Medicine