IAE offers Spotlight on Scholarship

More than 30 faculty — innovator-educators from UNMC and several colleagues from the University of Nebraska at Omaha — took part in a recent Spotlight on Scholarship Showcase sponsored by the UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators.

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Maheswari Mukherjee, Ph.D., right, assistant professor and education coordinator of cytotechnology, discusses her poster on assessing cytotechnology education e-learning modules with Tanya Custer, assistant professor and distant education coordinator, medical imaging & therapeutic sciences, College of Allied Health Professions.

The forum included four platform and 13 poster presentations on educational research and scholarship — including the use of technology and blended learning, in order to better reach today’s millennial learners.

UNMC has been at the forefront of a national movement to change the way the health sciences are learned and taught.

“We are at an inflection point in the history of education right now,” said senior vice chancellor for academic affairs Dele Davies, M.D.

“It definitely has been a successful showcase,” said Kim Michael, associate professor of medical imaging and therapeutic sciences, and associate director of the IAE. “The academy was very well represented, and the amount of questions put forward to our presenters shows the level of interest.”

Dr. Davies noted that UNMC’s IAE is unique not only for its interprofessionalism, but also for its dedicated support staff, a rarity among teaching academies.

Applications to be part of the academy are now open. Interested faculty and staff can visit unmc.edu/academy or email iae@unmc.edu for information.