The SMHS Academy of Education Scholars

Academy of Education Scholars

Purpose and Scope: The SMHS Academy of Education Scholars seeks to develop and recognize excellence in education scholarship and research to advance the practice of medical and health sciences education, and improve the quality of SMHS educational programs and patient care. The following is being offered to Academy members to support education scholarship: Templates and other materials for developing research plans and designing research studies; 1 to 1 mentoring; support for data analysis and writing expertise, peer group discussions, periodic half-day skill-builder workshops, and recognition of achievements.  

Research conducted by Academy members might test a new teaching strategy or compare teaching methods; develop and implement tools to measure learning; evaluate curricular gaps or assess the impact of curricular change (these are examples and should not limit ideas). We are interested in fostering the development of generalizable/transferable knowledge.

Benefits: Academy members will receive the following:

  • Assistance in developing and feedback on their annual education research plan.
  • Quarterly individual coaching on their research design, execution, and dissemination.
  • Access to resources to support their research, such as statistical expertise, coding and theming assistance, professional editing, etc.
  • Membership in a collaborative community of education scholars who collaborate with and support one another.
  • Preferential registration for monthly brown bags and periodic skill-builders (open to all faculty).
  • Recognition of excellence in education scholarship.

Membership: Academy members are selected based on submitted applications. Membership is active for the duration of time the faculty member has an approved annual research plan and is the PI on an Academy-supported education research study or related scholarly project.     

Application Process

Note: Applications are not yet open for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Eligibility: All full time, regular status SMHS faculty; all disciplines; all specialties; teaching at all levels are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: We are not accepting applications at this time. 

Please include the following in this order: The application should be no more than 2 pages.
Contact Information: Name, faculty title, department, email address, and telephone.

Current Education-Related Responsibilities: Briefly describe your current teaching and education leadership responsibilities. List any major past roles and responsibilities. Please do not send a CV; this is a summary.

Brief Overview of Education-Related Training: Indicate Coursework/Workshops/Advanced Degree(s) that includes training in teaching and learning theory, strategies, and assessment; and/or curriculum development and evaluation.

Personal Statement of Interest in Joining the Academy: Limit to 1 page

  • Describe your education research agenda/focus and how it has developed.
  • Identify a clear education research project idea. Indicate any work done to date (i.e. literature review) and how you expect membership in the Academy to help you execute this project and, if known, specific resources you anticipate needing.
  • Discuss how the project aligns with SMHS’s and the department’s focus.
  • Discuss how the project results might
    • Advance education practice,
    • Advance education theory,
    • Assist in a future application for external funds.

Letter of Support: This should be from your department chair and should address 1). Your potential for education scholarship and 2). The department’s support for the project.

Please direct any questions about THE SMHS ACADEMY OF EDUCATION SCHOLARS or the content of the application to Pat Latham, Faculty Development Associate for Education Research, at pslath@gwu.edu.

The major criteria for assessing an application are:

  • The readiness of the applicant to assume the role and responsibilities of a PI on an education research project;
  • The potential for the project to impact medical/health sciences education at GW and elsewhere, and
  • The potential for the project to lead to further scholarly work and external support.