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Faculty Development

The Faculty Development Program (FDP), led by Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., Associate Director for Faculty Development, seeks to provide junior faculty with the resources and guidance needed to develop a successful research program. The FDP was founded on the idea that specific, content-oriented mentoring will promote the scientific excellence, career advancement, and career fulfillment of junior faculty and help them become leaders of the next generation of academic cancer researchers and physicians. The FDP comprises the following components:

Mentoring Program

The mentoring relationship is the cornerstone of the Faculty Development Program. Sylvester research program leaders, departmental leadership, and the Sylvester Director collaborate to suggest pairings, matching junior faculty members who have a cancer research focus with senior faculty mentors who have similar research interests.

Annually, junior faculty, in consultation with their mentors, develop an individual development plan (IDP) to identify research goals and plans for the coming year.

To support both mentors and mentees, the FDP organizes an annual Mentoring Workshop in collaboration with the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The workshop provides an in-depth evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of mentoring relationships, personal leadership styles that play a part in effective mentoring, and effective communication strategies.

Travel Awards

To facilitate collaborations outside of Sylvester, enhance career growth, and promote varied opportunities for research development, the FDP has a competitive grant process that funds travel and involvement in national and international scientific conferences and workshops. The Faculty Development Program Travel Awards are distributed on a competitive basis to those gainfully involved in research, with a funding base and record of publications. Many awardees are able to present their research to the greater academic and clinical community because of these awards.

Travel award applications are being accepted through February 19, 2020. Submit your travel award application now.

Grant Review Panels

Grant review panels provide faculty members an opportunity to receive feedback on planned grant submissions from faculty with expertise in their field. Prior to the panel, senior faculty reviewers receive a draft of the grant application, along with the junior faculty member’s biosketch and productivity report. Reviewers provide written critiques and participate in discussion at the panel, offering recommendations on how to strengthen the application in anticipation of submission.

The panel can be conducted in a couple ways:

  1. 4-6 months before grant submission, as a high-level discussion of Specific Aims and preliminary data, to help guide overall research direction.
  2. 4-6 weeks before grant submission, as a more in-depth critique of a draft proposal.

To schedule a grant review panel, contact Vaughn Edelson at

Below are links to various support mechanisms for grant writing:

Junior Faculty Lecture Series

This lecture series showcases the exceptional work being done by junior faculty members and provides a unique opportunity for informal critique and scientific discussion amongst junior and senior faculty members. Several productive collaborations have resulted from these lectures.

Calabresi Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program

The goal of the K12 Calabresi Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program is to identify and mentor new faculty leaders in patient-oriented, clinical cancer research who will translate fundamental knowledge and new technologies from the laboratory to the clinic and to the community.

Scholars have both a Clinical Mentor and a Translational Research Mentor. Over the course of the two-year program, Scholars write and initiate at least one protocol for a clinical trial and submit grant applications for NIH R01s or equivalent. In addition to mentorship, a mix of required and optional courses, workshops, and seminars on clinical trials development, biostatistics, research ethics, and other topics assist with the design and execution of clinical trials and also the written and oral presentation of Scholars’ work.

Learn more about the Calabresi Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program.

Faculty Development Forums

Junior faculty members may participate in a Faculty Development Forum to facilitate in-depth review and discussion of an individual’s research program and career goals. Reviewers provide guidance on long-term professional goals and growth as well as advice on research strategy and collaborations. These Forums are opportunities to realize potential and identify areas where enhanced support is required.

Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Sylvester faculty may take advantage of additional faculty development support resources and opportunities offered through the University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The CTSI offers programs and services to assist researchers and clinical research professionals through all phases of the process of translating research into meaningful health advances. For more information, see

CTSI KL2 Scholars Program

The objective of the Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program Awards (KL2) is to develop outstanding independent researchers by providing a structured research training program under the guidance of individualized mentorship.

This mentored research program includes:

  • An individualized research and career development plan
  • Educational programs suited to the mentee, including enrollment in and completion of an advanced degree in clinical research (if needed)
  • Experiential training with established faculty researchers as mentors
  • Supportive resources that include access to CTSI experts in epidemiology, research design, regulatory support, ethics, and biostatistics
  • Modest funds to cover research costs and/or expenses associated with tuition, training opportunities, and travel support for preceptorship in expert labs or to attend relevant scientific meetings

Learn more about the CTSI KL2 Scholar Program.

Contact Information

Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D.
Associate Director for Faculty Development
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
William J. Harrington Chair in Hematology
Chief, Division of Hematology

Vaughn Edelson
Senior Project Manager