Pharmacy Practice Faculty Publications

Title

Evaluation of Criteria Utilized in the Recognition of Teaching Excellence Awards

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2016

Journal Title

Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning

Volume

8

Issue

4

First Page

477

Last Page

484

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2016.03.003

Abstract

Objective: To (1) identify and evaluate the evidence, process, and criteria used to select recipients of teaching awards and (2) report perceptions of best practices in selecting recipients of teaching awards.

Methods: A specific sample of AACP members and pharmacy students were invited to complete an online survey regarding the process for nominating and selecting teaching award recipients as well as perceptions on best practices.

Results: Most institutions (84.5%, n = 49) recognized teaching excellence. Evidence currently used to support a nomination included: nomination letters (31%) and student evaluations (31%). The most important criteria for students (N = 575) included effective communication skills (n = 371), enthusiasm (n = 345), and knowledge (n = 325).

Conclusions: Demonstration of teaching excellence has focused on student evaluations of teaching and nomination letters; however, respondents believed other aspects (e.g., educational scholarship) should be included. By expanding current criteria, schools could better inform the selection process, as well as promote evidence-based teaching practices, scholarship, and innovations in education.

Keywords

Teaching excellence, teaching recognition, teaching awards, pharmacy education