General Awards Information

 

Teaching Awards

 

The Academy of Educators Committee on Teaching Awards 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.  These teaching awards are not restricted to current members of the Academy of Educators.  Instead, 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.

The Committee decided that these awards should complement, rather than compete with, the awards already available to School of Medicine faculty.  Many of the other teaching awards are student-initiated and tend to go to excellent teaching faculty with the most visibility, usually course or clerkship directors.  Thus, in some cases the Committee has restricted the awards to teaching faculty without administrative course or clerkship responsibilities.  While the goal is to offer these awards on an annual basis, it is possible that some awards would not be bestowed each year.  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.  To assure that these awards are spread out as much as possible, recipients of most of these awards would not be eligible to receive the same award for 5 years.

 

Teaching Awards:

(Note:  In addition to the documentation below, 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.
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  • Clinical and Basic Science Teaching Excellence Awards – one award in each category directed towards great teachers who are not course directors, but who make significant contributions to courses in years 1 and 2.  Nominations (and support letters) could come from course directors, other course faculty and/or department chairs or division chiefs. The nomination letter should provide information on the teaching contributions and student evaluations, if available, of the nominee, with nominal approval of the nomination from the department chair or division chief.   Other support letters could be solicited by the nominator from other course faculty and/or students.  Recipients of these awards would not be eligible to receive the same award for five years.
  • Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award (for faculty at UNC Hospitals) – two awards; one for faculty in the core clinical curriculum (year 3) and one for faculty in the advanced curriculum (year 4).   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.  Nominations could come from clerkship directors, other course faculty, department chairs or division chiefs, with nominal approval of the nomination 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.  Recipients of these awards would not be eligible to receive the same award for five years.
  • Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award (for off-campus faculty) – two to four awards; both for faculty preceptors in the year 1 and 2 community weeks and one each for faculty preceptors in years 3 and 4 of the clinical curriculum.  Nominations for the year one/two award could come from students or Clinical Skills Development/ Integration [CDS/CSI] course director(s).  At least one of the nomination or support letters for the year one/two award should come from the CDD/CSI course director(s) and should provide information on the teaching contributions and student evaluations, if available, of the nominee.  Nominations for the year three/four award(s) could come from students or other course faculty.  At least one of the nomination or support letters for the year three/four award(s) should come from course faculty and 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.  Recipients of these awards would not be eligible to receive the same award for five years.
  • 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.  Nominations would come from the Medical Student Research Committee of the Office of Student Research or student(s) of the research mentor.  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.  Recipients of these awards would not be eligible to receive the same award for five years.
  • 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.  Nominations would come from student advisees of the faculty member, with nominal approval of the nomination from the department chair or division chief.  Letters of support could also come from other present and former student advisees of the faculty member. Recipients of these awards would not be eligible to receive the same award for five years.
  • Innovation in Teaching Award – This award recognizes innovation in medical student teaching and could include course directors and teachers with administrative responsibilities.  Nominations could come from course/clerkship directors, other course faculty and/or department chairs or division chiefs.  Each nomination will require nominating or support letters from the course/clerkship director, with nominal approval of the nomination from the department chair or division chief.  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.  Recipients of these awards would not be eligible to receive the same award for five years.
  • 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.  Nominations / support letters could come from course/clerkship directors, other course faculty and/or department chairs/division chiefs, with nominal approval of the nomination from the department chair or division chief and a CV, which should be supplied by the department.  Other support letters could be solicited by the nominator from other course faculty and students.
  • 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. Nomination procedure as above for the Innovation award.
  • Junior faculty award:  Designed to reward junior faculty who demonstrate superiority and enthusiasm, in their first year or so of teaching.  Nominations will be expected from course directors, supporting letters and documentation otherwise as above.