Academy of Educators Teaching Awards

The eight teaching awards annually recognize the importance of excellence in medical student teaching. They seek to increase the prestige of great teachers and make teaching a more viable part of a faculty member’s career path.

Goals

These awards are designed to complement the existing teaching awards and to recognize the many faculty who excel in teaching, but may not be recognized currently because teaching is not their major focus and/or they do not play a leadership role in the curriculum.

The recipients of these awards will be recognized at the Academy of Educators annual Evening of Scholarship. We consider these to be prestigious awards that will demonstrate to the recipients the value that our institution places on good teaching. In fact, last year's award recipients were recognized in the UNC Medical Bulletin, the University Gazette and in Vital Signs, the School of Medicine's online newsletter.

Eligibility

The recipients of these awards do not need to be current members of the Academy of Educators, although receipt of these awards would certainly count in their favor if they were subsequently nominated to the Academy of Educators.

Nominations

Nominations may come from faculty members and medical students. The Medical Student Research Mentor Award can come from Medical Student Research Committee of the Office of Student Research or student(s) of the research mentor.

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 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. Each nomination will require nominating or support letters from both the department chair/division chief and the course director. 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 at least one nominating or support 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. 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 Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) course director(s). At least one of the nomination or support letters for the year one/two award should come from the ICM 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. A letter of support from the department chair or division chief would be required, and 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. The letter of support from the department chair or division chief should include the research accomplishments of present and past students. Recipients of these awards would not be eligible to receive the same award for five years.

Medical Student Adviser 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. A letter of support from the department chair or division chief would be required, and 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 both the department chair/division chief and the course/clerkship director. 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 could come from course/clerkship directors, other course faculty and/or department chairs/division chiefs. Each nomination will require a nominating or support letters from the department chair or division chief. Other support letters could be solicited by the nominator from other course faculty and students.

Previous Recipients

Basic Science Teaching Excellence Awards

2011

Bruce Alexander, MS, MAT
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology

2010

Jeanette Cook, PhD
Dept. of Biochemistry & Biophysics

Clinical Teaching Excellence Award

2011

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH
Dept. of Medicine, Gastroenterology

Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award– UNC Hospitals

2011

Ana Felix, MD
Dept. of Neurology

2010

Amy Weil, MD
Dept. of Medicine - Internal Medicine

2009

Marianna Henry, MD
Dept. of Pediatrics – Pulmonary Division

Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award – Off-campus Faculty

2011

Isaac Miller, MD
Halifax Medical Specialists

Erika Steinbacher, MD
Cabarrus Family Medicine

2009

Suresh Nagappan, MD
Clerkship Director - Moses Cone Health System

Medical Student Research Mentor Award

2011

Maria Ferris, MD, PhD, MPH
Dept. of Medicine, Nephrology

2010

Douglas Fitzpatrick, PhD
Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery

2009

Jane Brice, MD
Dept. of Emergency Medicine

Medical Student Advisor Award

2011

Christine Munoz, MD, MS
Dept. of OBGYN

2009

Leonard A. Parker, Jr., MD
UNC Dept. of Radiology

Career Goal Advisor Award(new for 2010)

Innovation in Teaching Award

2011

Cheryl McNeil, MD
Dept. of Neurology

2010

John Woosley, MD, PhD
Dept. of Pathology

2009

Kurt Gilliland, PhD
Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology

Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD
Dept. of Pediatrics

Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education

2011

Robert Gwyther, MD, MBA
Dept. of Family Medicine

2010

Alan Cross, MD
Dept. of Social Medicine & Pediatrics

2009

Royce Montgomery, PhD
Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology

Contact

Learn more about the awards at http://www.med.unc.edu/aoe/committees/teaching-awards-1/teaching-awards.

Vickie Cecil (vickie_cecil@med.unc.edu)