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 UAMS College of Medicine Educational Awards

As a means of recognizing faculty for excellence in education, the College of Medicine has established an award system described below.  This system recognizes excellence in education, in and out of the classroom.  These awards are deliberately separate and distinct from awards based on student evaluation and selection.  There is no intention to substitute these awards for the Golden Apple awards or similar accolades chosen by student vote.  A recipient of any of the awards listed below will be ineligible for any of the awards for four years, but may then be an award recipient again after four years and after demonstrating further achievement (except as noted below).

Master Teacher Award

The Master Teacher Award will be given annually by the College to a faculty member who has consistently demonstrated excellence in education.  This will be a singular honor and will generally reflect a significant history of educational excellence.  Criteria will include (but not be limited to) the number of students or residents influenced by the educational efforts, the different levels (graduate students, medical students, etc.) of education in which the faculty member has engaged, demonstration of educational leadership and administration, publications related to medical education, length of educational involvement, and innovations in medical education introduced and carried out.

Selection: Department Chairs will be asked to nominate faculty members for this award.  An Educational Incentives Committee will make a recommendation to the Dean who will make the final decision.  The Educational Incentives Committee will be chaired by the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and will be appointed annually by the Dean from among senior faculty members.

Award: The recipient of the Master Teacher Award will receive a plaque with an appropriate inscription and a check for $5,000.  Their name will be added to a permanent plaque to be maintained by the Dean’s office, and they will accrue points toward additional educational incentive funds made available for distribution by the Dean’s Office. A faculty member may not repeat in this category.

Educational Innovation Award

The Educational Innovation Award will be given annually by the College when a faculty member has demonstrated significant educational innovation.   In general, such innovation would take the form of a new method of teaching or evaluation. Examples would be the delivery of information using a new teaching style, the development of new software for teaching or evaluation, the development of a new curriculum to address a certain need, etc.

Selection: Faculty will apply for this award when solicited by the Dean’s office.  They will be asked to submit a brief description of the educational innovation for which they wish to be considered. The Educational Incentives Committee, noted above, will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Dean who will make the final decision.  The Selection Committee may also choose their recommendation from the runners-up for the Master Teacher Award, if appropriate.

Award: The recipient of the Educational Innovation Award will receive a plaque with an appropriate inscription and a check for $5,000.  Their name will be added to a permanent plaque to be maintained by the Dean’s office, and they will accrue points toward additional educational incentive funds made available for distribution by the Dean’s Office.

Educational Research Award

The Educational Research Award will be given annually by the College when a faculty member has undertaken significant educational research.   In general, it is anticipated that the recipient of this award will have published in the area of education and will be able to demonstrate a commitment to educational research by the documentation of effort in this area.  The faculty member may or may not have obtained grant money to carry out this research, but such funding would be considered a significant positive in the selection of this award recipient.

Selection: Faculty will apply for this award when solicited by the Dean’s office.  They will be asked to submit a brief description of their research efforts, along with documentation of funding received to support the research. The Educational Incentives  Committee will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Dean who will make the final decision.  The Selection Committee may also choose their recommendation from the runners-up for the Master Teacher Award, if appropriate.

Award: The recipient of the Educational Innovation Award will receive a plaque with an appropriate inscription and a check for $5,000.  Their name will be added to a permanent plaque to be maintained by the Dean’s office, and they will accrue points toward additional educational incentive funds made available for distribution by the Dean’s Office.

 

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Residency Educator Award

The Dean’s Residency Award

Golden Apple Awards

Red Sash Teaching Awards

The College of Medicine Faculty Distinguished Service Award

The Chris Hackler Awards for Excellence in Medical Ethics

Dean’s Educational Excellence Awards