1. The academy will be an inclusive interprofessional community that engages faculty and staff from all UNMC colleges and institutes.
Unlike the majority of teaching academies, which exist solely in a college of medicine, the UNMC academy will explicitly welcome faculty and staff in the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions, College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Eppley Institute, Graduate College, and the Munroe-Meyer Institute. We believe interprofessional collaboration is the future of health care, and this will give the university a richer forum for the exchange of ideas and capitalize on the expertise within each discipline.
2. The academy will foster a spirit of community service to improve the academic health center.
At its core, the IAE is a service organization. The IAE will require members to give back to the university and Nebraska Medicine through an annual service requirement to lead workshops and mentor early career faculty.
3. The academy will mentor early career faculty in their development as teachers and educational scholars.
Early career faculty members often have limited access to a senior educational mentor in their department or educational unit. The teaching academy will explicitly encourage its members to serve as mentors to early career faculty across the entire campus to assist them in becoming better teachers and educational scholars. Likewise, faculty interested in developing teaching skills will have a recognized body of experts from which to query advice and assistance. The development of a high quality portfolio of educational resources created by the academy will also aid faculty as they advance their careers through the promotion and tenure process.
4. The academy will foster and disseminate educational research and innovation across the University and Nebraska Medicine.
Educational scholarship is the cornerstone of educational innovation, as it allows educators to assess the impact of teaching strategies on students. By fostering research and the publication of innovative practices at UNMC, the academy will also enhance UNMC’s reputation as a national leader in health professions education. In addition, the academy will increase the competitiveness of UNMC in seeking extramural grant funding for educational projects.
5. The academy will collaborate with existing educational units across UNMC.The academy will collaborate with existing educational units at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine with a close relationship to the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Faculty Development, the Faculty Mentorship program, and the Office of Health Professions Education. The academy director should be a member of the Education and Learning Council to interface with the deans for academic affairs from all UNMC colleges.