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2018 Academy of Scholar Educators Call for Applications

The Academy of Scholar Educators is undergoing a significant restructuring this year. The new Academy will function as an active service community for educators. Academy membership will recognize CWRU School of Medicine faculty who have made a sustained and significant contributions to excellence and innovation in medical education. Building a community of such educators will promote personal and professional development, provide increased opportunities for mentoring, and advance educator recognition.


  • Be a current member of the faculty (full time or part-time) in the School of Medicine, including at least 5 years at CWRU School of Medicine
  • Demonstrate sustained and substantial contributions to education in the School of Medicine (including medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows, and/or faculty)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continued, substantial contribution to educational efforts in the School of Medicine

Membership Status

  1. Academy Member

    Demonstrate excellence in at least two areas of education within teaching portfolio (see APPLICATION section below)
    "Member" level roughly correlates with the standards for associate professor (with the exception of external recognition)

  2. Academy Fellow

    Demonstrate excellence in at least three areas of education within teaching portfolio
    "Fellow" level roughly correlates with the standards for professor

    Membership is for a 3-year term. Membership is renewable with evidence of active education scholarship and statement of renewed commitment to ongoing engagement.

Academy Activities

All educational activities "count" toward active engagement in the teaching mission of the Academy.

The Academy will promote member engagement in existing educational activities, including:

  • Education retreats
  • Education grand rounds
  • Scholarship in Teaching Awards
  • CAML faculty development series

In addition, the Academy will promote the development of a community of educators through new educational activities and forums:

  • Visiting Scholars/Speakers Bureau – pool of education experts within the school of medicine, available to help expand faculty development efforts through lectures/workshops across the city
  • Education Journal Club / Newsletter – periodic publication to increase awareness of current trends in medical education and local education activities
  • Interest Groups – groups of Academy members identify areas of shared interest, around which to build small communities of engaged educators.
  • Sponsored Projects/Task Forces - Whereas interest groups allow for Academy members to pursue self-identified, shared passions, task forces would be commissioned to investigate and/or address areas of greatest academic need as identified in collaboration with medical school leadership. Although topics may overlap with those of interest groups, task forces would have more defined objectives, timeline and presumably funding to accomplish their work.


The initial application for membership includes:

  1. CV
  2. Teaching Portfolio, including:
    • Personal statement/philosophy of teaching
    • Inventory of contributions to:
      1. direct teaching (any setting)
      2. mentoring/advising
      3. curriculum/course development (includes teaching and assessment materials)
      4. education administration and leadership
      5. education scholarship (presentations, workshops, publications)
  3. Letter of support from Department Chair / Division Chief
  4. Two additional letters of support (at least one from a learner; 2nd letter may also be from learner, or from a colleague familiar with applicant's role as educator)

The deadline for submission of the entire application is Friday, February 9, 2018
New members will be announced at the School of Medicine Education Retreat on March 20, 2018

Applications should be submitted attn: Kelly Donaldson at

Questions may be addressed to Michael Dell, MD, Director of Academy of Scholar Educators,