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Academy Membership

Eligibility

Faculty will be considered eligible for membership if they:

  • Are faculty members within the College of Medicine
  • Support the teaching mission of the College of Medicine
  • Are in good standing within the College of Medicine
  • Provide evidence of quality and quantity of educational activities in teaching, educational activities, scholarly work related to teaching and educational leadership, and administration.

Sample Application

Membership Details

Membership Benefits

Networking
  • Connect with a community of educators across the College of Medicine
  • Locate and develop mentor and mentee relationships
  • Collaborate across departments with like-minded peers

Service & Leadership

  • Service and leadership opportunities are varied and can be customized to the interest of the member
  • Academy members have the opportunity to serve on and potentially chair committees

Recognition

  • Academy members are recognized as highly skilled educators and leaders in medical education
  • Academy membership is respected by College of Medicine leadership
  • Academy membership supports professional development needed for promotion

Self- Development

  • Participate and lead in faculty development
  • Support and collaborate with your peers in medical education
  • Learn how to turn your clinical work into scholarship
  • Opportunities to apply for educational research scholarships

Membership Expectations

The Academy of Teaching Scholars is a service organization and a community of practice. As such, all members benefit through the contributions of each other. ATS members are expected to participate in Academy activities and contribute to the advancement of the Academy’s values, goals, and mission.

Membership Options

Faculty members may be eligible for Full Membership if they meet the standards below:

  • Faculty members may be eligible for Faculty Membership if they have three years as teaching faculty and a minimum of one item in education research or scholarship*
  • Membership is based on evidence of excellence in education documented through an application completed by the applicant. The application includes: (1) a letter of support from the chair, (2) current CV, (3) application.

Each application is reviewed using peer-review process via a review panel of Academy members from the Membership and Standards Committee. A panel of Academy members will review and score all applications, and only those that meet the criteria will be granted membership. Membership in the Academy of Teaching Scholars is at the discretion of the Membership & Standards Committee. 

Faculty members may be eligible for Associate Faculty Membership if they have less than three years as teaching faculty and one item in education research or scholarship*

Membership is based on evidence of excellence in education documented through an application completed by the applicant. The application includes: (1) a letter of support from the chair, (2) current CV, (3) application. Please submit all letters of support via PDF to AcademyofTeachingScholars@ouhsc.edu.


Each application is reviewed using peer-review process via a review panel of Academy members from the Membership and Standards Committee. A panel of Academy members will review and score all applications, and only those that meet the criteria will be granted membership. Membership in the Academy of Teaching Scholars is at the discretion of the Membership & Standards Committee. 

The OU College of Medicine Academy of Teaching Scholars (ATS) has established a new membership category for trainees, including residents, fellows, medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.  Complete the application, then email it and other requested documents to AcademyofTeachingScholars@ouhsc.edu. Membership in the Academy of Teaching Scholars is at the discretion of the Membership & Standards Committee. 

Required Application Documents

  • Documentation of trainee’s education and training
  • Identification and description of a planned medical or biomedical education project
    • Identification of a faculty mentor for the project
    • Identification of a sponsoring ATS member if the project mentor is not an ATS member
  • Letter of support from the faculty mentor (Please address letters to ATS Chair, Chris Brasel, PhD)
  • Letter of support from one of the following: (Please address letters to ATS Chair, Chris Brasel, PhD)
    • Program Director (residents and fellows)
    • Associate Dean for Student Affairs (medical students)
    • Principal Investigator (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows)

Additional Membership Requirements

  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows must include the project in their individual development plan (IDP)
  • Commitment to present project results at the poster session of the annual ATS Education Research Week
  • Documentation of planned participation in courses, curricula, or other activities related to medical/biomedical education or education research

Here is a helpful link titled “Research in Medical Education”: https://www.aamc.org/download/429856/data/mededresearchprimer.pdf

Online Application
Applications are due annually on August 1

*Educational research or scholarship includes invited education-related presentations outside one’s own department, dissemination of teaching materials created by the faculty member, that others have adopted or adapted, publication of educational materials in MedEdPORTAL, training or educational grants, and traditional forms of publication that reflect the science and practice of teaching or education (e.g., oral and poster abstract presentations, published abstracts, and peer-reviewed manuscripts).