The Teaching Academy
Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine
In 2011, the deans of five west region colleges of veterinary medicine came together to discuss ways in which their colleges might effectively collaborate to address important issues faced by the profession and the colleges. The result was formation of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. Recognizing that improving educational practices was a primary shared concern, the deans and their representatives chose establishment and support of a Regional Teaching Academy as the first initiative of the new consortium.
The Academy has 69 members from five west region colleges of veterinary medicine, these include: Colorado State University, Oregon State University, University of California - Davis, Washington State University, and Western University of Health Sciences. Academy members represent several unique areas --Pathology, Neuroscience, Communication, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Physiology, Surgery, Immunology, Epidemiology, Toxicology, and Molecular Biosciences. The membership ranges from assistant to full professor, and includes department chairs, associate deans, directors, and clinical faculty.
The mission of the Regional Teaching Academy is to ensure that the members of the consortium collaborate to develop, implement, and sustain the best practices in veterinary medical and biomedical education in our colleges, and to establish veterinary medical educator/biomedical educator as a valued career track. Through these efforts we hope to meet the needs of society and the profession.
By bringing faculty together from the participating colleges and "educating the educators," the academy will disseminate evidence-based best practices, build cross-institutional collaborations, encourage scholarship in teaching, and develop the next generation of veterinary medical and biomedical educators. The 2015 focus is "Building a culture of Excellence in Teaching and Learning."
Scholarly Work and Ideas
The conference will provide a mechanism for members to disseminate scholarly works on teaching and learning, share local experiments in teaching, discuss best practices, and distribute educational materials, etc. The sessions are designed to provide a venue for educational scholarship, identify areas of common interest, and promote collaboration between schools.
Working Group Sessions
During the 2013 summer conference, 2 working groups were identified and put into action - External Peer Review of Teaching and Faculty Development. These two groups were the primary 2013-2014 initiatives. At this summer's conference, each working group will lead sessions and update the Academy on their progress and goals.
2015 Spring Newsletter: pdf version
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