Master Educator Program

The Master Educator program is designed to recognize excellence in education in any of the following areas:

  • Educational Leadership & Administration
  • Outstanding Teaching or Mentorship Contribution
  • Educational Innovation & Curriculum Development
  • Educational Evaluation & Research
  • Faculty Development in Education
  • Outstanding Educational Contribution by a Community Physician

General guidelines for each of these categories follows. Faculty who have met criteria in one or more categories may self-nominate. Faculty may also be nominated by Department Chairs, Curriculum Committee Chairs, or Course/Clerkship Directors. Letters should briefly address why the applicant is being nominated. Award recipients are determined through a process of peer review, conducted by the BSOM Committee on Educational Scholarship. Master Educator recognition is given at a late-winter or early-spring Full Faculty meeting. Recipients will also be recognized through other means (e.g., departmental plaques, BSOM web sites). Recipients will also be presented with a white coat featuring a Master Educator designation.

In all application materials, letters of recommendation from the Department Chair must be received; however, in the final category (Community Physician), a letter from a course director may substitute for that of the Chair. Letters from other faculty or peers; students (e.g., medical students, graduate students, resident physicians, other health professions students, advisees/mentees); course directors; and/or other colleagues must also be included.

Master Educator Award Categories

Educational Leadership & Administration. Faculty member must document leadership & proficiency in the administration of educational programs. Two activities of different types but within the category are required. One must involve service to the School of Medicine.

Outstanding Teaching or Mentorship Contribution. Faculty member must demonstrate sustained quality, quantity & diversity of direct instruction or mentorship. Evidence of outstanding teaching and/or mentoring must be provided. Teaching evaluations from at least two years must also be provided.

Educational Innovation & Curriculum Development. Faculty member must document significant improvements in a course/clerkship or other educational program. Evidence of activities in different areas or significant contribution in a single area must be documented.

Educational Evaluation & Research. Faculty member must document substantial contribution in educational research, or with evaluation projects. Three activities of different types & a record of publication in the field are required.

Faculty Development in Education. Faculty member must document contribution to the educational development of other faculty. Evidence related to conducting faculty development lectures or workshops, as well as mentoring junior faculty are required. Three activities of different types related to faculty development in education must be documented.

Outstanding Educational Contribution by a Community Physician. Community physician must document significant contribution to the BSOM educational mission over a significant period of time (normally five years or longer). Teaching evaluations must be provided. Only Non-BSOM, Community-Based Preceptors may apply.