The goal of the Neilson Society is to support the careers of junior Ph.D. and physician scientists on the tenure track as they develop their independent research careers and national reputations.

Neilson Society Structure:

Chair of Medicine: Nancy J. Brown, M.D.
Vice Chair for Faculty Development: Mark P. de Caestecker, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

Membership eligibility: All Assistant Professors and Associate Professors of Medicine on the tenure track, basic and physician scientists involved in basic, translation, epidemiological and clinical science research.

The Neilson Society is a resource for junior faculty to help them to develop the skills needed to navigate the course toward tenure and promotion. The Society coordinates small discussion groups amongst junior faculty members, and holds group meetings with the Vice Chair for Faculty Development throughout the year to discuss issues relevant to basic scientist and physician scientist career development. In addition the Vice Chair is available for individual mentoring sessions and career counseling. Please see contact information.

Activities of the Neilson Society are complementary to and coordinated with other VUMC and VU organizations and societies involved in junior faculty development. This includes the Newman Society, which supports Basic Scientists and Physician Scientist Assistant Professors funded by Career Development Awards.

"Dr. Mark de Caestecker"

Mark P. de Caestecker, MBBS, PhD, FASN
Vice Chair for Faculty Development
Professor of Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Surgery
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
1161 21st Avenue South

Contact number: (615) 343 2844


Recent and Upcoming Events

DATE Speaker Event Title and Summary Time Location
Monday, May 13, 2019
Rebecca Helton and Lesa Black  Resources available through the Edge for Scholars and VICTR funding programs    
Thursday, January, 2019 Maureen Gannon, Ph.D. Preparing for Tenure and Promotion    
Thursday, November 29th, 2018 Maureen Gannon, Ph.D. Effective interviewing: The Behavioral Interview and the STAR method 9:10-10:30 a.m. MRBIV 8455
Friday, July 27th, 2018 Alyssa Hasty, Ph.D. Workplace Workstyles Workshop 8:30-10:a.m. MCN D-3100 Rogers Conference  Room