May 1, 2018 | Joan M. Cranmer, Ph.D., a professor with the Department of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine recently was honored with the 2018 Outstanding Woman Faculty Award by the UAMS Women’s Faculty Development Caucus.
The award is presented to a woman who is a mentor and role model with a record of scholarly endeavors, teaching expertise and strong leadership as demonstrated by administrative skills and professional accomplishments. Recipients also have a history of helping develop careers for other women.
“Not only is the impact of her program recognized within the College of Medicine, but also beyond,” they wrote in their nomination letter. “Many other academic medical institutions have sought her counsel and have taken her framework for this program back to implement it in their university systems.”
Cranmer, on the UAMS faculty since 1976, has been with the Department of Pediatrics since 1984. She has served on several study sections, advisory boards, committees and expert panels for National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Science and the World Health Organization.
“Dr. Cranmer truly demonstrates what it is to be an outstanding woman faculty member,” said Molly Gathright, M.D., president of the caucus. “Her academic record speaks for itself, and her exceptional leadership and mentoring has had a lasting impact not only at UAMS but also nationally. Her commitment to the mission and integrity of the college and university is evident to all.”
She is the founding editor of the journal Neurotoxicology: An International Journal, launched in 1979. Recognizing her
contributions to mentoring, the Department of Pediatrics has named an annual award in her honor. The Joan Cranmer Mentoring Award is presented to faculty to recognize them for effective mentoring.
Other 2018 nominees for the award were Teresa Kramer, M.D., professor and chief psychologist in the College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry; Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., R.N., with the College of Nursing; Kathryn Neill, director of administrative and student affairs in the Office of Interprofessional Education and associate dean for Administrative and Academic Affairs for the College of Pharmacy; and Sara Shalin, associate professor in the College of Medicine Department of Pathology.