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ASPEN LECTURE: Marvella Ford

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Marvella Ford
Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
Endowed Chair, Cancer Disparities

Discipline: Public Health


Title of talk: The Journey to Tenure and Promotion

The talk describes the importance of having outstanding mentors, and presents two different national models of mentoring programs. The talk concludes with a description of my personal journey to tenure and promotion.


Dr. Ford is the Associate Director of Population Sciences and Cancer Disparities, and Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, at the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, where Dr. Raymond DuBois is the Director.

Dr. Ford received her MSW, MS, PhD, and postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where she was awarded pre- and post-doctoral fellowships from the National Institute on Aging. Subsequently, she held faculty positions at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI and Baylor College of Medicine before coming to MUSC and the Hollings Cancer Center. Her training in the social determinants of health affecting disease and its treatment has uniquely positioned her to take a leading role in tackling a distressing and incompletely understood public health problem in the state: the fact that societal differences in the population can lead to markedly different health outcomes for members of diverse racial and ethnic groups.

The ASPEN speakers series is jointly sponsored by the Washington State University College of Nursing and Collaboration for InterProfessional Health Education Research & Scholarship (CIPHERS) to encourage discussion of scholarship and educational collaboration among the health sciences.


February 6
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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