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Community Engaged Scholars: Mentoring Network

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) Community Engaged Scholars: Mentoring Network dedicates resources to the development of researchers to create the future leaders of community-engaged research.
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Program Description
The Community Engaged Scholars: Mentoring Network is designed to align with MCW’s mission for CE. Senior faculty members with extensive experience in CE and CEnR guide and foster capacity for MCW faculty interested in improving their scholarship tracks for CE and CEnR.

The mentoring network is designed to be an individualized experience. The time commitment for your involvement in the program is decided between you and your mentor. Mentoring can be provided at multiple levels, ensuring participants will finish the program with a better understanding of and stronger orientation for CE and CEnR.

The application process requires you to tell us about your work and goals through an application form, and share with us your curriculum vitae. If you are selected, we will match you with a qualified mentor who can aid in guiding your career orientation to CE and CEnR. 
Program Benefits

As a mentee in the Community Engaged Scholars: Mentoring Network, you can benefit through:

  • Mentoring Network cohort meetings and journal clubs, during which you learn with and from other mentees in the program
  • $1,500 budget for conferences and professional development opportunities
  • An assigned mentor with significant experience in CE who is willing to dedicate time to your career development
  • Opportunity for advanced training through the CE Immersion Program
  • Practice in self-reflection through use of rubrics and assessments to track progress and identify areas for improvement
  • Professional development opportunities through workshops and courses hosted by the Office of Community Engagement Health Science Square
2019 Mentors

Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, Associate Provost & Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement
Family and Community Medicine, MCW

Leonard Egede, MD, MS, Chief of General Internal Medicine
Director of the Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research
Professor of Medicine, MCW

Zeno Franco, PhD, Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine, MCW

Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, Professor
Pediatrics, MCW

John Meurer, MD, MBA, Director of the Institute for Health & Equity
Director and Professor, Division of Community Health, MCW

David Nelson, PhD, MS, Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine, MCW

James Sanders, MD, MPH, Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine, MCW

Staci Young, PhD, Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine, MCW
Director, Center for Healthy Communities & Research

2019 Mentees

Dan Bergen, PhD, Executive Director
Office of Community Engagement, Marquette University

Kathleen Boyle, PhD, Research Scientist II
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, MCW

Michael DeBisschop, PharmD, Professor
School of Pharmacy, MCW

Jeff Fritz, PhD, MA, MS, Assistant Professor
Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Medical School Regional Campuses, MCW

Mary Homan, MA, MSHCE, DrPH, Assistant Professor
Institute for Health & Equity, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, MCW

Kristina Kaljo, MA, PhD, Assistant Professor
Clerkship Co-Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, MCW

Heidi Keeler, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor
Continuing Nursing Education, Community Engagement, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Jackie Kulinski, MD, Assistant Professor
Medicine, MCW

Kajua Lor, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Professor & Founding Faculty
School of Pharmacy, MCW

John "Mac" Longo, MD, Assistant Professor
Radiation Oncology, MCW

Lindsay Nelson, PhD, Assistant Professor
Neurosurgery, MCW

Jess Olson, PhD, Assistant Professor
Institute for Healthy & Equity, Division of Epidemiology, MCW

David Ombengi, PharmD, MBA, DrPH, Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy and Clinical Sciences, MCW

Amy Prunuske, PhD, Faculty Curriculum Program Manager, Associate Professor
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Medical School Regional Campuses, MCW

Katherine Quinn, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Center for AIDS Intervention Research, MCW

Leslie Ruffalo, PhD, Assistant Professor
Family and Community Medicine, MCW

Ryan Spellecy, PhD, Ursula Von der Ruhr Endowed Chair of Bioethics, Associate Professor
Institute for Health & Equity, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, MCW

Andrew Yaspan, MS, Program Analyst III
Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Biomedical Informatics, MCW

2018 Mentors

Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, Associate Provost & Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement
Family and Community Medicine, MCW

Leonard Egede, MD, MS, Chief of General Internal Medicine
Director of the Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research
Professor of Medicine, MCW

Zeno Franco, PhD, Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine, MCW

Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, Professor
Pediatrics, MCW

John Meurer, MD, MBA, Director of the Institute for Health & Equity
Director and Professor, Division of Community Health, MCW

David Nelson, PhD, MS, Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine, MCW

2018 Mentees

Dan Bergen, PhD, Executive Director
Office of Community Engagement, Marquette University 

Kathleen Boyle, PhD, Research Scientist II
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, MCW

Mary Homan, MA, MSHCE, DrPH, Assistant Professor
Institute for Health & Equity, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, MCW

Kristina Kaljo, MA, PhD, Assistant Professor
Clerkship Co-Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, MCW

Jackie Kulinski, MD, Assistant Professor
Medicine, MCW

Kajua Lor, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Professor & Founding Faculty
School of Pharmacy, MCW

John "Mac" Longo, MD, Assistant Professor 
Radiation Oncology, MCW

Lindsay Nelson, PhD, Assistant Professor
Neurosurgery, MCW

Jess Olson, PhD, Assistant Professor
Institute for Healthy & Equity, Division of Epidemiology, MCW

David Ombengi, PharmD, MBA, DrPH, Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy and Clinical Sciences, MCW

Amy Prunuske, PhD, Faculty Curriculum Program Manager, Associate Professor
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Medical School Regional Campuses, MCW

Leslie Ruffalo, PhD, Assistant Professor
Family and Community Medicine, MCW

Ryan Spellecy, PhD, Ursula Von der Ruhr Endowed Chair of Bioethics, Associate Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, MCW

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions or comments regarding the mentoring network, please contact Jessica De Santis.

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