1. What is the Academy Health Sciences Educators?
The Academy is a Augusta University health sciences college-wide organization of distinguished educators which:
2. What are goals of the Academy of Health Sciences Educators?
The goals of the Academy are:
3. What are the benefits of being an Academy member?
Selection for membership in the Academy of Health Sciences Educators is a major achievement. Some of the benefits include:
4. Are there any obligations to being an Academy member?
Because of their expertise in teaching and educational scholarship, faculty are expected to share their time and talents with their colleagues in a variety of activities to improve the quality of its educational programs and the career satisfaction of its faculty:
5. Does it cost anything?
There is no cost to join the Academy, and no dues for membership. The only “cost” is the expectation for service (see #4 above)
6. How do I apply?
Nominations for Academy membership are by self-nomination. Calls for application submission will be made in July of even years (i.e., biennially). Faculty have two months to get their application packet submitted to The Academy office. The packet consists of six items:
7. What are the criteria used to decide who becomes a member?
All Academy members must have a faculty appointment in a Augusta University health sciences college. All applicants should be recognized as outstanding teachers of health professional students OR have significant impact on health professional student education through their educational activities with residents, fellows, or graduate students. Additionally, candidates should demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following educational activities :
The application should only include the candidate's educational accomplishments for the last 5 years. Credit for educational accomplishments at another health sciences institution will be considered, but the applicant must document accomplishments for a minimum of the last 2 years at Augusta University.
Application packets will be reviewed by a panel of internal and external reviewers. Members will be selected by a consensus of reviewers. The criteria for acceptance will be based upon the documentation and quality of the candidate's direct teaching activities, other educational activities, personal statement, and plans for service contributions to the Institution.
To see the criteria used by reviewers to evaluate each candidate's application packet here.
8. What is the timetable for application?
9. Is membership permanent, or is it time-limited?
Academy membership continues as long as the member remains part of the active faculty and continues to remain active in Academy activities At the end of each academic year, every Academy member submits a one-page report to the Academy steering committee detailing his/her educational activities and service to the Academy for the previous year. If the member is not maintaining a level of performance consistent with his/her initial application, he/she may be asked to resign his/her membership.
10. Why do members have to submit annual reports of their Academy service and educational activities?
Members of the Academy serve as a core of motivated faculty who function as mentors, faculty development workshop facilitators, educational leaders and role models for Augusta University faculty, residents, and students. In essence, they are the “engine” that helps keep the educational programs of the health sciences colleges of Augusta University moving forward. This can only continue to happen if Academy members remain actively engaged in teaching and educational activities.