In an effort to recognize exceptional educators at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), the Educational Innovation Institute (EII) will honor one individual on an annual basis who demonstrates their ability and commitment to improving teaching and learning processes in their workplace environment (i.e. classroom, clinic, lab, department, front desk, etc.).
Through external peer-review, the EII’s new Scholarship in Teaching (SIT) Award will recognize a scholarly project that focuses on scholarship in teaching, one of Boyer’s (1990) four types of scholarship, which has potential to be the most transformative within educational institutions. These projects must be completed or close to completion prior to submission. Examples of potential scholarly projects include: a revision of an educational curriculum, development of new materials to teach patients about a particular disease, and deliberate attempts to improve a teaching skill, etc..
The honoree, as an individual or team, will be publically recognized for their work on Education Day in February/March.
To apply for the award, the applicant must use Glassick’s (2000) criteria to frame their work, which includes a description of their scholarly project in the following areas:
Complete applications will then be blinded from the review process and sent out to faculty across the country for peer-review. The scholarly project reviewed with the highest score will be selected for the Scholarship in Teaching (SIT) Award.
August 1 – Call for Scholarship in Teaching (SIT) Award applications
January 15 – SIT applications are due - http://augustastate.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0v3d0EhQ4hNO5Gl
February 15 – Deadline given to external peer-reviewers
Education Day – Announcement of SIT Awardee is made
While most of us think about scholarship in the traditional academic sense, such as presentations and publications, an expanded definition offered by MCG’s, former Dean, Fincher1 includes “teacher as scholar.” From this perspective, if educators are able to demonstrate that they approached their work on teaching and learning from a scholarly approach to improve performance, the write-up of this process should count as scholarship. These forms of scholarship must follow Glassick’s2 criteria to qualify.
MCG’s Exemplary Teaching Awards are based on ratings from student evaluations in which the top 5% of faculty with the highest evaluation scores are recognized. Comparatively, the SIT Award is granted based on external peer-review of applications. This Award is not based on students’ perceptions of the faculty member’s teaching ability, rather it is based on the intentionality and systematic approach the educator takes in improving his/her teaching.
The Academy of Health Science Educators’ applications require faculty to identity 1 or 2 educational activities that exemplify teaching excellence. The SIT application requires faculty members to go in-depth in their description of one of these or any other project the faculty member is involved in. While the Academy’s application requires that all projects have a “scholarly approach,” the SIT Award application requires faculty to use Glassick’s criteria when evaluating their project.