General Awards Information

 

Teaching Awards

Background

The Academy of Educators has established a number of teaching awards to recognize the importance of excellence in medical student teaching, increase the prestige of great teachers and make teaching a more viable part of a faculty member’s career path. The Committee felt that the awards would become an important part of the recipients’ teaching portfolios and would help support admission to the Academy of Medical Educators and would facilitate promotion and tenure decisions. While the goal is to offer these awards on an annual basis, it is possible that some awards would not be bestowed each year. 

Available Awards:

Foundation Phase Teaching Excellence Awards
Application/Individualization Phase Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award
Application/Individualization Phase Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award (for off-campus faculty)

Medical Student Research Mentor Award
Medical Student Advisor Award
Innovation in Teaching Award
Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education
Scholarship award
Junior faculty award

Eligibility

The Committee decided that these awards should complement, rather than compete with, the awards already available to School of Medicine faculty. These teaching awards are not restricted to current members of the Academy of Educators. To assure that these awards are spread out as much as possible, recipients of these awards are ineligible to receive the same award for 5 years.

Nominations

Nominations will be accepted by UNC SOM students and faculty. Where appropriate, the Committee recommends that the awards come from peer nominations via letters from Course Director, Faculty Course Members and/or Department Chairs or Division Chiefs. Each nomination would require a nominating or supporting letter from the Department Chair or Division Chief. The nomination letter should provide information on the teaching contributions and student evaluations, if available, of the nominee.  Other support letters could be solicited by the nominator from other course faculty and/or students. Completed nomination packets will be due Friday, March 17, 2017.

A completed nomination packet includes the following:

  • A Nomination Letter
  • A Letter from the Chair of the Nominee
  • An Updated CV from the Nominee (an SOM formatted CV will be required for the committee to review. All documentation should be in PDF format--if that is not possible a Word doc will be accepted.)

Teaching Awards:

  • Foundation Phase Teaching Excellence Awards –two awards directed towards those who make significant contributions to courses in the Foundation Phase.  The nomination letter should provide information on the teaching contributions and student evaluations.   Other support letters could be solicited by the nominator from other course faculty and/or students.
  • Application/Individualization Phase Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award (for faculty at UNC Hospitals) –two awards; for faculty in the Application/Individualization Phase.  Awards in this category would go to faculty who are strong clinical preceptors, but who do not have administrative responsibilities that place them on the Clinical Curriculum Committee.
  • Application/Individualization Phase Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award (for off-campus faculty) –two to four awards; for faculty preceptors in Application/Individualization Phase.  At least one of the nomination or support letters for Application/Individualization Phase award(s) should come from course faculty and should provide information on the teaching contributions and student evaluations, if available, of the nominee.
  • Medical Student Research Mentor Award – This award recognizes excellence in training medical students in the fundamentals of medical research and research ethics and would not be limited to mentors of MD/PhD students. Letters of support could also come from the Medical Student Research Committee of the Office of Student Research and both present and former students of the research mentor, with nominal approval of the nomination from the department chair or division chief
  • Medical Student Advisor Award – This award recognizes dedication and effectiveness as a medical student advisor for faculty who are not officially part of the Dean’s office advising system.  Letters of support could also come from other present and former student advisees of the faculty member.
  • Innovation in Teaching Award – This award recognizes innovation in medical student teaching and could include course directors and teachers with administrative responsibilities.  The nomination letter should include a description of the innovative teaching methods developed and student evaluations, if available, of the impact of those innovative teaching methods.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education – This award would be for faculty that have demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching and mentoring medical students over 10 years or more.
  • Scholarship award -  Designed to reward individuals who demonstrate a high level of academic scholarship in teaching, as evidenced by published work, presented work (nationally), or significant curriculum design or re-design. The nomination letter should include a description of the scholarship developed and, if available, the impact of the scholarship.
  • Junior faculty award - Designed to reward junior faculty who demonstrate superiority and enthusiasm, in their first few years of teaching.  Nominations will be expected from course directors, supporting letters and documentation otherwise as above.