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Academic Dean

Dr. Sharon Hostler

Dr. Sharon Hostler is the McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean at the School of Medicine, Vice Provost for Faculty Development for the University of Virginia and the Academic Dean for the 2013 Spring Voyage of Semester at Sea. A native of Vermont, she received her BA from Middlebury College and MD from the University of Vermont and then completed her residency training in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Hostler joined the faculty in 1970.

Dr. Hostler’s faculty career as a clinician educator at the University of Virginia has focused on: children with cancer; outreach to rural underserved children as (Medical Director of the Children and Youth Project); transition tasks of adolescents with chronic illness and developmental disabilities (Division Chief of Developmental Pediatrics); outcomes of adolescents with severe head injury and spinal cord injury (Medical Director of the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center; the status of women students, housestaff and faculty (Chair of the Committee on Women); the implementation of Family Centered Care in academic medical centers; and development of men and women faculty (Chair of the School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee, Faculty Leadership Programs). She has served as Visiting Professor at schools throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, Costa Rica and Italy.

Dr. Hostler has been nationally recognized for her work in Developmental Pediatrics as the Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals’ T. Barry Brazelton Lecturer, the Pele Chandler Lecturer and Visiting Professorships throughout the United States, Canada, Israel (Hadassah Hospital and Ben Gurion University), Costa Rica and Italy. The 1990 Status of Women Report at the University of Virginia resulted in major restructuring of promotion and tenure guidelines, faculty development and academic reviews, as well as providing a model assessment process for other medical schools. She has received the Women in Medicine Leadership Award from the Association of American Colleges in 1994 for her work with Promotion and Tenure and again in 2007 for the Faculty Leadership Program. She has been recognized by Middlebury College and the University of Vermont as an outstanding alumna and received the Walter Reed Award from the UVA School of Medicine Alumni Association, and other University honors. However, despite her Vermont heritage and her delight in high-quality ice cream, Ben and Jerry’s did not interview her for CEO, but instead, sent her a “suitable for framing” rejection letter.

As Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Dr. Hostler created a Faculty Leadership Program reflecting faculty needs from first entering academic medicine to midcareer leadership development to chair on-boarding, including an Academy of Distinguished Educators, Reflective Writing Program, an online literary journal, and the popular Transitions and Change Seminars. As Vice Provost this Leadership Program has expanded across UVA grounds. In 2000, the School of Medicine created a Sharon L Hostler Award which is presented annually to a faculty member in recognition of exemplary leadership. She continues as a mentor of women faculty throughout the University and at nationally through the AAMC and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program sponsored by Drexel University. In 2008, Dr. Hostler received the coveted Thomas Jefferson Award—the highest award given by the University of Virginia. Dr. Hostler teaches first year medical students how to do patient interviews and how to use the stethoscope, blows bubbles and builds sandcastles with her grandchildren, and writes creative nonfiction.