Established in 2004 as a Chancellor’s Office initiative, the Teaching Academy is a health sciences center-wide interprofessional community of educators that nurtures and recognizes excellence and scholarship in teaching and education. Administratively, the Teaching Academy is led by its Founding Director, Dr. Sheila W. Chauvin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and an Executive Council comprised of Academy member representatives from all of the professional schools
To nurture and recognize excellence, scholarly practice, and scholarship in teaching and education through faculty development, advocacy, collaboration, and creativity.
To be a locally valued and nationally recognized inter-professional community of educators actively engaged in the ongoing pursuit of teaching and educational excellence and scholarship.
The Academy exists to achieve the following core purposes:
- Facilitate institutional commitment to excellence and scholarship in teaching and education;
- Advance and reward faculty members’ excellence, scholarly practice, and scholarship in teaching and education throughout their academic careers;
- Facilitate high quality faculty development and mentoring in teaching and educational scholarship;
- Engage faculty members from across the health professions as an inter-professional community of educators; and
- Contribute to the field of health professions education through innovation, collaboration, and scholarship.
The Academy is founded on and guided by the following core values:
- Ongoing commitment to professional learning in the science and practice of teaching and education
- A never-ending drive to achieve the highest levels of quality
- Collaboration as an essential element of excellence and scholarship
- Innovation and creativity to solve current challenges and to realize new visions of teaching and education
- Integrity and professionalism in teaching and in educational scholarship
- Community and service as fundamental elements of educational leadership and long-term organizational effectiveness