School of Medicine Faculty: Apply for membership in the Academy of Distinguished Educators

July 19, 2018 by   |   Leave a Comment

All School of Medicine faculty at the Assistant Professor level or higher are eligible for membership in the Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE), either through an application process or automatically as recipients of certain institutional teaching awards (these include the David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator Award, the Master Educator Award, the Robert J. Kadner Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, and the All-University Teaching Award).

Membership Application Submission Deadline: Friday, September 7, by 5:00 p.m.

The application consists of a Reflective Statement, a Teaching Portfolio, and two letters of support (see details below):

  1. Reflective Statement: This should be a short (one page) statement outlining your teaching philosophy/most significant contributions to teaching. Please note that while the ADE Membership Subcommittee will consider teaching done outside of UVa, its primary focus will be on the applicant’s teaching efforts while at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. A useful example of the Reflective Statement is available on the web site of the Center for Teaching Excellence. View this essay by Craig Barton.
  2. Teaching Portfolio: Please use the Academy of Distinguished Educator’s Portfolio Template. Further guidelines and details are available on the ADE Teaching Portfolio page. Membership requires demonstration of sustained excellence in areas of teaching, as outlined in Section II of the portfolio. The ADE Membership Subcommittee will consider evidence of teaching excellence from previous institutions, but its primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of teaching excellence at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Outcome measures should be submitted to support these areas of teaching with Section III (Appendix) of the portfolio.
  3. Letters of Support (2): please submit two letters of support, at least one of which must come from either the department chair or a supervising faculty member who is in a position to judge your teaching activity. Additional letters of support may be submitted in the Appendices. Letters from learners/trainees are encouraged.

The entire packet should not exceed 50 pages, including approximately 10-20 pages for the Portfolio and the remainder supporting documentation (Appendices). No credit will be given for material in excess of this limit. Except in the case of exceptional prior accomplishments, the committee will focus on activities over the past 5 years or during your time at UVa, whichever is shorter. Those items discouraged from inclusion in the portfolio include PowerPoint slides, handouts, journal reprints, and copies of handwritten evaluations.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Completed applications (a single PDF) should be sent to Ashley Ayers (

For further information, contact the Membership Subcommittee Chair, Marty Mayo ( and/or visit the ADE’s website.

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