University of Southern California


The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation – Macy Faculty Scholars

Slots:                                                     One                      
Nomination per School:               One
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.    

LOI:                                                        N/A                       
Internal Deadline:                           January 6, 2014
External Deadline:                          February 26, 2014
Award Information:                        Estimated Awards: Up to five awards of $100,000 (plus fringe) per year for two years. In addition, funds will be made available for participation in the Harvard Macy Institute programs, for travel to the Annual Macy Faculty Scholars Meeting, and for other program-related travel.
Anticipated Amount:  100,000 per year over two years.

Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11pt.). CV – (4 pages maximum)

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Purpose: The Macy Faculty Scholars program – the first of its kind – launched in December 2010. The program aims to accelerate needed reforms in health professions education to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in medical practice and health care delivery.

Under the program, the Foundation will select up to five faculty leaders each year. Each Scholar will receive salary support at $100,000 per year over two years.  Scholars must be nominated by the Dean of their institutions, who must commit to protecting at least 50 percent of the Scholars’ time to pursue education reform projects at their institution.  Each school may nominate only one candidate each year, and will be expected to provide a senior faculty member to mentor the Scholar.

The Foundation will support educational change in each Scholar’s institution and develop a national network for the Scholars, who will receive career advice from a National Advisory Committee and participate in an Annual Meeting for the program.

The Foundation is looking for nursing and medical school faculty who are committed to careers in health professional education, have served for more than five years on the faculty of the sponsoring school, are innovators, and have shown promise as future leaders.

There are many areas of possible innovations in health professional education that the Macy Faculty Scholars might explore:

  1. Interprofessional education to promote team work and interprofessional collaboration.
  2. New models of clinical education that emphasize longitudinal, integrated experiences with patients, families, and faculty
  3. New content in health professional curricula such as quality improvement, patient safety, systems analysis, health economics and the social determinants of health
  4. Education of health professionals to care for underserved populations, including addressing the need for more primary care providers.
  5. Programs to diversify the health professional workforce across many dimensions so that it more closely matches the populations to be served
  6. Domestic programs that promote an understanding of a global health perspective


Candidates must:

  1. Be a doctorally prepared faculty member in good standing at the sponsoring school.
  2. Have served for five or more years as a faculty member, ideally at the sponsoring school.
  3. Have an identified faculty mentor who will provide advice on the candidate’s project and career development.
  4. Have an educational innovation project with the appropriate institutional support.
  5. Have an institutional commitment for the protection of at least 50% of time.
  6. Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories.