Faculty Lecture Series

Bicentennial Faculty Lecture Series

Inspired by the 200th anniversary of The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the Bicentennial Faculty Lecture Series is accepting applications through July 31, 2024.

The Opportunity for Faculty

In the spirit of celebrating 200 years of excellence, we invite our faculty to deliver an engaging talk to our community that fuels the advancement of knowledge in their selected field (and possibly adjacent fields) and demonstrates what makes GW unique and distinct.

As we embark on our third century, the insights of our faculty carry heightened significance at this pivotal moment in history. This lecture series is intended to help light the spark within our faculty — to provide a robust platform to showcase your ideas, to cultivate a sense of community, and to foster meaningful connections across the academic medical enterprise.

Bicentennial Background

SMHS launched its Bicentennial Celebration in January 2024, marking a significant milestone in the school’s rich history, but also reaffirming its commitment to advancing medical education, research, and patient care for our third century and beyond. As the first medical school in the nation’s capital and the 11th oldest in the United States, GW has been a pioneer in medical education, nurturing generations of medical researchers and health care professionals for two centuries.

Details and Deadlines

Throughout the 2024-2025 academic year, up to four (4) faculty members will be selected to give in-person lectures of 45 minutes (each) on their area of interest. These lectures should underscore our mission and values, impact the education of SMHS learners, illuminate important medical research discovery, provide insights for improvement of health care for GW Medicine patients, or, more broadly, population health and health equity.

The Bicentennial Faculty Lecture Series is open to all current regular, full-time SMHS faculty, regardless of department, rank, or external funding. Early career faculty are encouraged to apply.

An honorarium will be provided, and each lecture event will be promoted and recorded.

Proposals should include an understanding of the history related to the chosen topic as well as potential future impact as SMHS enters into its third century.

Lecture content should be academic in nature and delivered at the level that could be understood by an undergraduate audience.

Selection of successful lectureships will be made by SMHS leadership with preference given to areas that align with the Strategic Plan of the academic medical enterprise.

Applicants will be asked to submit the following:

  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of Support from the Department Chair (2 pages maximum)
    • Department Chairs interested in applying may request support letters from any Dean leading one of the Strategic Pillars
  • Proposal outlining the lecture topic related to education, research, clinical care, population health and health equity as described above (3 pages maximum)

Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Please contact Kristin Furio (kfurio@gwu.edu) with any questions.

Detailed information on guidelines for the proposal requirement can be found below:

Application Submission Directions
  • Submit Resume/CV, Support Letter, and Proposal as attachments via email to smhsdean@gwu.edu
  • Attachments should be in PDF format.
  • Attachments should be clearly labeled with the name of the applicant (eg: NAME CV; NAME Support Letter; NAME Proposal).
  • Proposal Due: Wednesday, July 31, 2024.
  • Notification of Acceptance: Friday, September 6, 2024.
  • Lectures will be scheduled during the 2024-2025 academic year, as early as October 2024 and as late as March 2025.
Proposal Guidelines

The proposal should conform to the following format:

  1. Title of the lecture.
  2. Summary: Include a one-paragraph summary of the proposed lecture.
  3. Speaker Bio: Include a brief paragraph highlighting the speaker’s expertise or perspective related to the proposed topic.
  4. Goals/Aims: Identify 3-5 topic-specific goals or aims related to the presentation.
  5. Outline: Provide a brief bulleted outline of the lecture.
  6. Materials Needed: Identify any materials required for the presentation.
Session Aims

Ultimately, the session should aim to illuminate important medical research discovery, advances in education, provide insights for improvement of health care for GW Medicine patients, or, more broadly, population health and health equity.

  • For the audience to gain new knowledge about the topic, or about GW or SMHS past or current contributions to medicine, education or discovery sciences.
  • For the audience to understand how the topic has an impact on education, research, or on health care, for GW or SMHS going into its third century.
  • For the audience to consider how the presentation - its methods, results, or conclusions - can be integrated into their work or education, promoting future collaboration, and building on existing work.
Lecture Presentation Guide
  • The lecture should link to at least one of the Strategic Pillars.
  • The lecture should highlight the future opportunities for innovation in the academic medical enterprise.
  • The lecture should have a visual element, such as a PowerPoint presentation.
  • The lecture should be 45 minutes long.
  • The speaker should have willingness to take questions from the audience following the lecture.