MAPP to guide career success

By Darla Brown, Office of Communications

Mentoring and Promotion Program (MAPP)

Beginning Sept. 1, junior faculty at McGovern Medical School will have the opportunity to learn from their more experienced colleagues, creating a career roadmap for success through a formalized mentoring program.

The Mentoring and Promotion Program (MAPP), offered by the Office of Administration and Faculty Affairs (OAFA) and the Faculty Senate, is a new collaborative initiative pairing small groups of faculty peers with more senior, experienced faculty who have been promoted at McGovern. The goal of MAPP is to offer both clinical and discovery science faculty new resources for career development and mentorship.

“We hope to complement advice and direction provided by division chiefs and department chairs and provide an alternate source for information regarding promotion and tenure planning beyond individual consultation with me,” said Kevin Morano, PhD, associate dean for Faculty Affairs, associate vice president UTHealth Faculty Affairs and Development, and holder of the Roger J. Bulger, MD Distinguished Professorship. “This program is borrowing heavily from a successful program currently under the direction of Drs. Keely Smith, Kevin Lally, and others – we’d like to better formalize mentoring at McGovern and also resource it from the Office of Administration and Faculty Affairs.”

MAPP groups will focus on topics McGovern faculty have raised in prior surveys to determine needs.

“Mainly they will discuss how to build a portfolio to be promoted in the next academic rank, work-life balance, and specific needs for various specialties – education, research, clinical, etc.,” explained Nahid Rianon, MBBS, DrPH, chair-elect of Faculty Senate and associate professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine and Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine.

Several associate and full professors from the Faculty Senate have already volunteered to be mentors, who will lead groups of up to 10 assistant professors looking to transition to associate professor. “After discussion and gauging interest, we may create a cohort of associate professor to full professor as well,” Morano added.

“This effort is really a ‘perfect storm’ of events,” said Catherine Ambrose, PhD, chair of Faculty Senate and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery.  “I was on an Interfaculty Council committee last year that found most schools at UTHealth, including McGovern, did not have a formal faculty mentoring program, and so I was interested to see one get developed here.  Dr. Rianon had just been elected chair-elect of the McGovern Faculty Senate, and one of her goals was to develop a mentoring program.  And finally, Dr. Morano has been working toward the development of a formal faculty mentoring program for some time.  So, when I became Faculty Senate chair last September, I urged the Senate to create a taskforce to develop a program, and Dr. Rianon agreed to head that taskforce and work with Dr. Morano’s office.  They have done all the work, and made significant progress.”

Faculty who are interested in participating as MAPP mentees may sign up at

Faculty interested in serving as a mentor may email OAFA Executive Director Johnson George.