Winship Mentorship Program

In recognition of the critical role that mentorship plays in faculty development, Winship Cancer Institute offers support and resources to encourage mentoring relationships.

Under the leadership of Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, associate director of Mentorship, Education and Training, Winship is targeting priority areas for mentorship of junior faculty.

The priorities include developing a promotion dossier, grantsmanship, guidance on producing publications, management and execution of research, and participation in or management of team science. Other critical areas include incorporating technology in the classroom, managing difficult situations, teaching in an inter-professional simulation or class, maximizing the impact of scholarship, and test writing.

Winship research programs are committed to ensuring that members have assigned mentors and incorporating mentorship events in their programming.  Other initiatives include a Nominations subcommittee chaired by Carla Berg, PhD, to proactively identify and nominate Winship members for appropriate internal and national awards, committees, and appointments.  A second subcommittee, the Women in Winship subcommittee chaired by Kristin Higgins, MD, and Catherine Williams, seeks to develop mentorship resources and leadership training specific to the needs of women in cancer and academia.

The Winship Faculty and Trainee Development Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Bruner and Kimberly Kerstann, PhD, senior director for Research Administration, reviews new member applications, assigns new members to appropriate programs, and recommends mentors as needed. 

Winship faculty interested in becoming a mentor or mentee should contact Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD at

Winship Research Mentorship Award

This award recognizes Winship Cancer Institute faculty who have demonstrated outstanding mentoring in research to trainees or early career faculty during the prior academic year. One award will be given in each of the following categories:

  • Mentorship of Graduate Student
  • Mentorship of Junior Faculty
  • Mentorship of Underserved Minority (including racial/ethnic minority and women)

Nominations open Thursday, September 13, 2018 and will be accepted through Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Awards will be presented at the Winship Cancer Institute Town Hall by Winship Executive Director Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Photo of  Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN
Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN

Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN

Associate Director for Mentorship, Education and Training
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Bruner oversees program development, facilitates implementation and develops metrics and evaluation while working closely with Winship program leadership and the Mentorship Advisory Board to develop goals and strategies for faculty excellence.

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