The Core Teaching Faculty Emerging Academies 2003: 21% of 97 reporting institutions has an Academy or equivalent program Defined as a formal organization recognizing faculty contributions to medical education and designed to enhance educational missions
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Academic Medicine, Vol. 80, No. 4/April 2005
The Core Teaching Faculty (CTF) was established to further and enhance the educational goals of the institution’s strategic plan, increase the capacity to accomplish the curriculum objectives, and to create the framework for the scholarship of teaching to be recognized and rewarded through promotion and tenure.
The Core Teaching Faculty is committed to supporting an environment that enhances the educational experiences of students, fosters curricular innovation, and promotes and rewards educational contributions and scholarship.
For an activity to be designated as scholarship, it should manifest at least three key characteristics:
Lee Schulman, President of The Carnegie Foundation, 1998
The mission and vision of the CTF coincides with a growing national conversation about the scholarship of teaching. Strategies to raise the value of the scholarship of teaching include:
The mission and vision of the CTF coincides with a growing number of medical schools’ efforts to create an institutional system for empowering faculty ownership and oversight of medical education. (Academic Medicine, 2005). Shared characteristics of these efforts include:
Bender and Gray (1999) suggest that the scholarship of teaching begins where all intellectual inquiry begins, with questions about what is going on and how to explain, support, and replicate answers that satisfy us.
Bender, Eileen and Donald Gray. 1999. The Scholarship of Teaching, Research, & Creative Activity (April 1999) XXII:1.
CTF members identify the themed areas of most interest to them.
Within themed areas, members chose focused project groups.
Project groups either respond to a charge or design an approved project to pursue.
Each project group has a designated leader responsible for the organizational and reporting elements.
Each project group meets a minimum of once each month.
Deadlines for approved project are established.
Each subgroup produces works that will be made public, critically reviewed, and accessible for exchange with all faculty.
the small group facilitation skills of faculty
The following criteria will be used to define the success of individual members of the Core Teaching Faculty: