Health Sciences Faculty Awarded Grant from SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence

April 13, 2018

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) recently presented the 2018 Medical and Health Sciences Education Research Grant Award to Maranda Ward, EdD ’17, MPH, and Shawneequa Callier, JD.

Ward, a visiting assistant professor of clinical research and leadership at SMHS, and Callier, an associate professor of clinical research and leadership at SMHS, were selected for their study, Ethnocultural Empathy as a Measurable Competency of the Online Health Sciences Undergraduate Curriculum.

“We are happy to have been awarded this grant by the Center for Faculty Excellence,” said Callier. “It’s great to have that kind of support from the school for this research.”

With the funding, Ward and Callier will be able to assess undergraduate students’ self-perceptions of ethnocultural empathy before and after completing the eight-week, online health equity course, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

“Our data can allow us to expand the integration of content and assessments across the remaining Health Sciences Program courses, update the training content for adjunct professors teaching program courses, and share our findings at local meetings for practitioners engaged in health professions education,” Ward explained.

SMHS encourages and supports scholarship in medical and health science education by providing $45,000 annually in grant funding for initiation of new medical and/or health science education research projects. Proposals for the Medical and Health Sciences Education Research Grant Award can be submitted for up to $15,000 for one project. All active, regular SMHS faculty are invited to submit proposals.

CFE was established to support the development of SMHS as a national leader in innovative education and training by advancing the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning.

To learn more about the Center for Faculty Excellence, visit