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Teaching Academy

Welcome to the Teaching Academy, where we honor and develop Morehouse School of Medicine best faculty and master teachers by bringing together the best teaching faculty from across campus to create a collective voice for teaching excellence.

  • Mission

    The mission of the Teaching Academy at Morehouse School of Medicine is to promote excellence in teaching and connect stellar faculty and master teachers for building an unconventional repository of resources that will provide knowledge and activities to transform instruction, mentorship and promote scholarly activities in education.  

    The academy will serve as national model of pedagogy excellence in creating a learning environment, which optimizes innovations in medical educations, biomedical research, public health practice and use of health equity learning simulation of Primarily Caring.

  • Goals
    • Promote excellence in teaching and scholarly activity and productivity
    • Reward and support excellent teachers and mastery in improving learning outcomes
    • Promote scholarship in education
    • Facilitate innovations in teaching and learning
    • Facilitate curriculum innovations through use of simulated-based learning applications
  • Excellence in Teaching

    The academy will:

    • Develop a curriculum to enhance excellence in teaching
    • Provide ongoing faculty development seminars
    • Provide support for teaching fellowships
    • Develop instruments of measure and policies that will link teaching skills with promotion and compensation
  • Rewards for Teaching Excellence
    • Rewards for faculty who meet guidelines for excellence in teaching
    • Support of professional development activities
    • Membership to the Master Teacher Mentorship Institute
  • Scholarship in Education
    • Support for scholarly activities in education
    • Innovation in Teaching and Learning
    • Faculty development resources that will facilitate innovations in teaching and learning in support of MSM's mission
  • Curriculum Development
    • The academy will promote and support opportunities for innovations in curriculum development.
    • Teaching Academy Committee will formalize the criteria and board of educators

      TAM Committee will formalize the criteria and board of educators

  • Preparing Future Learners and Leaders

    A Bold Vision Imperative for the Next Generation of Learners and Leaders

    • IMPACT: The World Needs What We Do Best
    • Shifting the Curve
    • Providing Primarily Caring Physicians, Public Health Champions and Catalyst Scientist and Leaders to the globe
    • MSM has ~230 faculty and 65.37 teaching FTEs
    • The Teaching Academy at MSM is a personalized collaborative and collective learning intensive established to provide robust training & development for faculty and designed to yield master teachers and assert idealistic teaching methods to advance our North Star Health Equity for all our cadre of learners.
    • How are we integrating innovation and optimizing our collective effort to disrupt status quo learning models using our predictive analytics for ourselves through relevant assessment and evaluation methodologies to achieve the desired outcomes?



Meet MSM’s Inaugural Teachers of Distinction

The new Teaching Academy at MSM recently named its first four “Teachers of Distinction,” faculty members – including a husband-and-wife team – who demonstrate service, integrity, and commitment to excellence in teaching. Nominated by their peers, these exemplary teachers also bring a proven record of accomplishment and commitment to the mastery of subject content and effective delivery, leading and supporting innovation in teaching and facilitating the exchange of ideas within and across disciplines.

Here are MSM’s first-ever Teachers of Distinction: 

Janice Herbert-Carter

Marjorie M. Smith

Quentin Ted Smith

Carey Roth Bayer

Janice Herbert-Carter Marjorie Smith Ted Smith Caret Bayer

Check Out Their Bios

Nominate a Teacher of Distinction

Professional Development for Teaching Faculty  

Why become a Mentee in the Teaching Academy?

Faculty with a passion for teaching and mentoring can apply to be a Mentee of the Teaching Academy'. Mentees will attend faculty and professional development activities to enhance and grow their skills in teaching.  Each mentee will be mentored by the Teaching Academy’s Teachers of Distinctions Professional Development for Teaching Faculty program.  Mentees of the Teaching Academy will play a critical role in sustaining and advancing the Teaching Academy programs. Mentees will have opportunities to observe high quality teaching and to be observed. Individualized coaching on teaching materials, methods and career advising. Lectures and skill building courses from Teachers of Distinction.

The Teaching Academy programs and resources are available to any faculty, educators, trainees, and mentors within the School of Medicine. To support the education of the mentees the MSM Teaching Academy Professional Development for Teaching Faculty will provide protected release time to allow participation in all activities.

Requirements for Mentees

  • Must be a full-time faculty member
  • Must have at least 0.1 FTE dedicated to teaching (i.e. 10% time)
  • Must commit to a full year of participation (7/1/24 - 6/30/25)
  • Must be able to commit 4 hours/week to the program— including group meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, at least one meeting with their mentor each month, completion of all homework assignments, other activities as designated (e.g. journal club, etc.)

Applications are due by April 15, 2024; notifications will be in May.

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