Chancellor’s Annual Teaching Award Program

The UAMS Chancellor’s Annual Teaching Award Program was established in 2004 to recognize excellence in teaching among faculty in all five colleges and the Graduate School.  The program includes two awards: Teaching Excellence and Society and Health Education Excellence. Each category carries a monetary award of $10,000.

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • All full-time UAMS faculty may apply or be nominated by another full-time UAMS faculty member.
  • Nominees for each award are expected to demonstrate excellence in education and teaching contributions made as UAMS faculty members for a minimum of five years.
  • An individual will be considered for only one of the Chancellor’s Teaching Awards in any given year.
  • Any individual who has previously received either of the Chancellor’s Teaching Awards is ineligible for a period of three years.
  • The areas of application for Teaching Excellence are direct teaching, mentoring, and/or educational scholarship.
  • The areas of application for Society and Health Education Excellence may include but are not limited to cultural awareness, health care economics, health equity, health literacy, health systems, interprofessional education*/collaborative practice, public and population health, patient and family-centered care, and/or educational scholarship.
  • In any year there must be a minimum of five nominations for an award category in order for the award to be given.

Teaching Excellence Category

“Teaching excellence” is broadly defined as occurring between a faculty member and any learner(s), for example, students, professionals, and members of the public. Teaching excellence in all settings, classroom, online, clinic, and laboratory, is eligible for consideration.

Evaluation Criteria

Each nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The delivery of program instruction with content that is current, well organized, and comprehensive. The course/activity, content/structure, delivery of instruction, course management strategies, enhanced experiential learning, or other elements of the learning process should result in improved student learning outcomes.
  • Effective educational approaches, strategies and solutions that are novel to UAMS, whether in course or activity content, content delivery, or the addition of educational aids, media or other resources to enhance education experiences; problem-solving and approaches that reflect a unique and effective approach to specific educational challenges.
  • Contributions to the UAMS educational enterprise that yield significant and measurable impacts in terms of the number of students affected, improved student performance levels, recognition of efforts by the discipline, enhancements to program or college curricula, or enhancements to teaching or learning systems.
  • Achievement of recognition by colleagues, peers and students of a pursuit of excellence in education outcomes through a process that is collegial, respectful and promotes teamwork. In this process, successes are eagerly shared, extra time is taken to expand the knowledge of individual educators and students, and knowledge or approaches are distributed across the education enterprise at UAMS and the discipline.

Society and Health Education Excellence

“Society and Health Education Excellence” can include the design and implementation of courses and/or activities that advance topics of society and health. These include, but are not limited to, cultural awareness, healthcare economics, health equity, health literacy, health systems, interprofessional education*/ collaborative practice, public and population health, patient- and family-centered care, and/or educational scholarship.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The delivery of Society and Health instruction, with content that is current, well organized, and comprehensive. The course, activity, content, structure, delivery of instruction, course management strategies, enhanced experiential learning, or other elements of the learning process should result in improved student learning outcomes.
  • Providing or adapting a course or activity that addresses the core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice; working cooperatively with educators from UAMS and/or other institutions to provide or improve the interprofessional nature of course content and/or experiential education.
  • Effective interprofessional educational approaches, strategies and solutions that are novel to UAMS, whether in course/activity content, content delivery or the addition of educational aids, media or other resources to enhance education experiences; problem-solving and approaches that reflect a unique and effective approach to specific educational challenges.
  • Contributions to the Society and Health education enterprise at UAMS that yield significant and measurable impact, for example, in terms of the number of students affected, improved student performance levels, enhancements to program or college curricula, or enhancements to teaching or learning systems.
  • Achievement of recognition by colleagues, peers and students of a pursuit of excellence in delivery of Society and Health education outcomes, through a process that is collegial, respectful and that promotes teamwork. In this process successes are eagerly shared and extra time is taken to expand the knowledge of educators and students, and knowledge or approaches are distributed across the education enterprise at UAMS.

Award Process

The Director of the UAMS Educators Academy oversees the award process. The Director assembles a committee of UAMS faculty with representation from across campus to review the applications and select no more than five finalists for each award.  From this group of finalists, a committee of external reviewers will rank order the candidates for each award. The Chancellor and the Provost will consider the application materials and recommendations from the external reviewers to select the recipient for Teaching Excellence and the recipient for Society and Health Education Excellence and to decide whether to make an award in each category.

The Chancellor will announce the finalists in late spring. During Commencement, the recipient(s) will be recognized and receive a plaque. The recipient(s) will receive cash awards of $10,000, paid to the faculty in quarterly installments during the subsequent academic year.

Nominations and Applications

Faculty can self-nominate or be nominated by any other full-time UAMS faculty member.

Complete the online award application. Then, provide the application information outlined below.  Nominations and applications must be submitted to EdAcad@uams.edu as a single*.pdf  containing the items listed below in the following order:

1. Endorsement form signed by the nominee’s Program Director, Department Chair, Associate Provost, or Dean.

2. One-page executive summary of the nomination packet information.

3. Nomination letter by applicant or nominator describing how the nominee has fulfilled the award criteria. The nomination should be appropriate for introducing the nominee at commencement and should not exceed two, double-spaced pages.

4. The nominee’s Curriculum Vitae in a brief format (four pages or less) .

5. Two letters of support addressing the nominee’s excellence in one or more of the award criterion areas from individuals knowledgeable about the nominee’s work. Additional letters will not be reviewed.

6. Supporting documentation –examples include student or peer teaching evaluation summaries, teaching awards and honors, links to online materials and other formal evidence to support the accomplishments noted in the application. This could include documentation of presentations or scholarly papers related to these accomplishments. For materials that cannot be uploaded as a *.pdf, please contact lso@uams.edu for submission information.

 


* UAMS has adopted the World Health Organization’s definition for interprofessional education.  “Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (WHO, 2010). Additionally, such interactions should address one of the four core competencies put forth by the interprofessional Education Collaborative (2011): (1) Values / Ethics for Interprofessional Practice; (2) Professional Roles / Responsibilities; (3) Interprofessional Communication; and (4) Teams and Teamwork.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative.

Health Professions Networks / Nursing & Midwifery / Human Resources for Health. (2010). Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.