The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) Academy of Teaching Scholars is a program designed to advance the stature, quality, and innovation within all aspects of teaching throughout the school.
Specifically, the mission of the IUSM Academy of Teaching Scholars is to enhance the development of faculty as educators and facilitators of reform. The Academy accomplishes this mission through a three-tiered model.
Tier One is open to all IUSM faculty and educators, and provides participants with expertise in the fundamentals of teaching and learning. Teaching is a core mission of the school and the majority of faculty are involved in one or more aspects of this mission. Although teaching is required for promotion, the personal rewards that come from teaching can equal or exceed professional contributions.
Faculty and educators who complete Tier One will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of support signed by the Dean, and can choose a book from our list of educational favorites. In addition to all of these perks, members of the Academy receive special invitations to education programs throughout the IU system.
Faculty participate in Tier One at their own pace and on a schedule that makes sense given their own time demands.
Academy members can visit our Academy Login to check their progress toward completion of Tier One. If you happen to see a discrepancy on your profile, please let us know at email@example.com, and we’ll get it corrected.
The goal of Tier Two of the Academy of Teaching Scholars is to increase knowledge of educational theories and practices. Tier Two is designed for educators, course, clerkship, or competency directors, rotation directors, residency directors, fellowship directors, center leaders, and others who play a pivotal role in the educational enterprise, as well as faculty who will be promoted and/or tenured on the basis of excellence in teaching.
Participants in Tier Two of the Academy of Teaching Scholars complete two courses as a graduate non-degree seeking student with IUPUI, pursue two, credit-bearing courses at their own pace, and complete a scholarly project. Courses are offered face-to-face, fully online, or using a hybrid of the two.
EDUC-Y 510 Action research
EDUC-C 750 Teaching and Learning in the College Classroom
EDUC-D 500 Introduction to Adult Educational Theory
EDUC-C 750 Curriculum in Higher Education
EDUC-U 548 Student Development Theory
EDUC-P 530 Instructional Psychology
EDUC-P 540 Learning & Cognition in Education
EDUC-P 544 Applied Cognition & Learning Strategies
EDUC-P 545 Educational Motivation
EDUC-D 525 Introduction to Distance Education
EDUC-D 600 Teacher-Learner Transaction in Adult Education
4. Once you receive permission to enroll, visit One.IU to enroll in your course(s). You’ll receive instructions with your acceptance email. Faculty employed by IU can use their tuition benefit to defray the cost.
5. Complete your courses. Ensure that one of your courses includes a scholarly project related to your work in medicine or health professions education. If you’d like to pursue a project outside of your coursework, email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options with the program director.
6. To complete Tier Two, submit your transcript, project, and a short reflection on your experience in the program to email@example.com. You will receive a certificate of completion and a letter from the dean. Also, if you choose to go on to pursue a master’s degree in education, your credit hours will likely transfer into that program.
A cohort of up to four faculty members will be selected each year to participate in the Master Educators Fellowship Program. These individuals are designated Senior Fellows in the Academy. To begin their work together, the Fellows meet for a one and half day intensive session. Thereafter, the Fellows convene monthly. The Fellows will organize public talks on teaching, several of which they would present. Further, the Fellows will organize a meeting on medical education to be convened at IUSM. One of the principle goals of the Fellows work is to raise the profile of medical education and generate enthusiasm for the pursuit of teaching excellence.
The Master Teacher Program, as suggested by its name, moves beyond fundamentals of teaching and places emphasis on the art of teaching.