New Faculty Networking

📅 Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 2-4pm EDT 

đź’» Delivered in-person @ The Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre

This event is for faculty across all McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences campuses. 

Have you joined our Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) within the past few years but aren’t sure what you have access to or what opportunities and resources are available to you? 

At this networking event, you will be given a tour of all the McMaster FHS has to offer you; we will have discussions about different ways to get involved in academia: opportunities for teaching and non-teaching roles, how to stay connected, and how to meet your faculty development needs via our program's events.


This informal event will allow new FHS faculty to connect with senior leaders and program leaders in the FHS and across the University. Mid-career faculty will share their experiences and advice for new faculty joining the FHS. 

Refreshments will be served.

Participants Will:

Planning Committee Member

Ruth Chen

Dr. Ruth Chen (she/her) is an Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD) within the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). In her faculty development role, Dr. Chen provides leadership to develop faculty teaching, scholarly practice, creativity and humanism, and leadership and administration. She facilitates faculty development programming in mentorship, coaching, and sponsorship, mindfulness and resilience, and is the Director for the McMaster FHS Academic Leadership Program.

Planning Committee Member

Pam Elmhirst

Pam Elmhirst (she/her) is the Senior Manager, Faculty Affairs within the Faculty of Health Sciences. A graduate of McMaster University, Pam has been with the FHS since 2009. In her current role, she provides strategic leadership and direction in the planning, development, and operation of the Office of Faculty Affairs; she works closely with the Vice-Dean to enhance and support faculty success, well-being and academic advancement. A recent recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Pam is passionate about building organizational and employee capabilities and has had the privilege of playing key roles in the development of several strategic initiatives within the Faculty including the Academic Leadership Program, Equity Advocacy and Allyship Program, and the Health Leadership Academy, among others.

Planning Committee Member

Mark Walton

Dr. Mark Walton (he/him) is a Professor and Pediatric Surgeon at McMaster University and McMaster Children’s Hospital. He has served as Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs since 2017. In 2018, Dr. Walton established the FHS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee which serves to advise and recommend initiatives to advance inclusive excellence within the Faculty in alignment with strategic partners within the University the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Steering Committee and Indigenous Advisory Committee. Dr. Walton’s professional interests include mentoring Medical Educators and Residents, developing systems for human health resource planning (past Chair of CAPER and OPHRDC) and the costing of Postgraduate education. In addition, he has an active clinical practice in Pediatric Surgery.