Educator portfolios: Documenting your activities as an educator
Date & Time
Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Purpose: Educators are not promoted at the same rate as their colleagues who are primarily engaged in biomedical research. Department chairs and promotion committee members are often unaware of educator contributions and forms of educational scholarship. [Thomas PA et al. Results of an Academic Promotion and Career Path Survey of Faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Acad Med. 2004;79:258-264. Atasoylu AA et. al. Promotion Criteria for Clinican-Educators. J Gen Intern Med 2003;18:711-716.] Successful promotion requires that medical science educators clearly document their educational work and scholarship for department chairs, promotion and tenure committee members, and other institutional leaders. [Simpson D et. al. Documentation Systems for Educators Seeking Academic Promotion in U.S. Medical Schools. Acad Med. 2004;79:783-790.] • The IAMSE Professional Development Committee has designed a Medical Science Educator Portfolio (MSEP) Toolkit that provides a structured approach to developing an educator portfolio to facilitate promotion and self-reflection. This session will educate participants about how to utilize the MSEP Toolkit to better highlight their work.

Goals: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the five different domains of educational activity (teaching, curriculum development, leadership and administration, assessment, and advising/mentoring)
  • Describe how a scholarly approach to these five educational activities are highlighted in the MSEP, and the variety of dissemination methods that transform these activities into scholarship.
  • Utilize the toolkit and their own curriculum vitae (CV) to begin building their educator portfolio.

Timeliness and Significance to the Field: Our previously-published IAMSE member survey identified a gap in knowledge surrounding the five domains of educational activities and the scholarship of teaching and learning [Dickinson BL et al. IAMSE Member Perspectives on the Recognition, Reward, and Promotion of Medical Science Educators: an IAMSE Sponsored Survey. Med Sci Edu. 2018;28(2):335-343.]. This workshop will serve to promote the IAMSE MSEP Toolkits and address this gap. The MSEP Toolkit will be released in late summer/early fall of 2019. Providing hands-on experience with the MSEP will be important in helping IAMSE members to use the toolkits successfully.

Workshop description including teaching methods and timeline for educational activities: We will use Team-based learning (TBL) and think-pair-share strategies to conduct this workshop. We will begin with a TBL exercise about the scholarship of teaching and learning and the five activities of educators. For the second part of the workshop, participants will work in teams of two to gain hands-on application with the MSEP Toolkit. Pre-reading will be assigned, and participants will need to bring their own CV to the workshop.

Presenter's qualifications/expertise in area: Each of the presenters were members of the Professional Development Committee subcommittee that created the MSEP Toolkits.

Outcomes: At the end of the session, participants will have:

  • discussed examples of educator activities across five different domains: teaching, curriculum development, leadership and administration, assessment, and advising/mentoring.
  • differentiated scholarly approaches to teaching from the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • utilized the IAMSE MSEP Toolkit to highlight significant accomplishments from their own curriculum vitae.
  • provided constructive feedback to a peer who has used the MSEP Toolkit to begin creating an educator portfolio.
Bonny Dickinson Kathryn Huggett Kelly Quesnelle Maria Sheakley