APA Educational Scholars Program
The mission of the APA Educational Scholars Program is to assist pediatric educators in developing themselves as productive, advancing and fulfilled faculty members and to increase the quality, status and visibility of pediatric educators in academia.
This program is offered to members of the Academic Pediatric Association who wish to earn a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship. The curriculum includes didactic sessions, self-directed learning activities, development of an educator portfolio, and a mentored project. Scholars are expected to complete the full curriculum, including projects, over 3-4 years.
Previous scholars have made the following comments about the impact of program participation on their careers:
- "The Educational Scholars Program has been incredibly valuable to me. I have participated in several faculty development activities over the last 10 years and the ESP stands out as a highlight."
"The ESP faculty and program leaders are outstanding educators. They are committed to providing a top notch educational and mentoring experience for faculty who are passionate about educational scholarship. I've made many strong professional connections with other scholars in the program which has now developed into an important peer mentoring network for all of us."
"I believe the ESP was instrumental in providing me the tools to showcase my educational work and contributed significantly to my academic promotion last year."
- Applications to the ESP will be accepted in 2014 and 2015. See recruitment flyer for details
- APA Educational Scholars Program Description
- Scientific Writing Module
- Reviewing Module
- ESP Handbook for Scholars and Faculty
The Academic Pediatric Association's Educational Scholars Program (ESP) is recruiting its seventh cohort of faculty and scholars in 2014. The ESP meets for one day before the PAS meeting each year. Scholars conduct a mentored educational research or evaluation project, and complete self-directed intersession modules between PAS meetings. All participants who fulfill these required activities, including completion of a peer reviewed publication or presentation on their ESP project, receive a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship from the Academic Pediatric Association. A recruitment flyer and other information are available on the ESP website:
The ESP aims to help developing faculty educators to build careers around scholarly activities related to teaching, learner assessment, curriculum development, mentoring and educational administration and leadership. Methods in educational evaluation and research are a special focus of our curriculum. Our faculty advisors offer career planning advice, and help scholars develop a well-crafted educator portfolio to support their future applications for promotion and advancement. The ESP is an ideal way for academic pediatricians to gain additional training to succeed as an educator and join a community of other dedicated educators. Scholar Applications: The ESP application website will open on July 1, 2014, and the deadline for online submissions will be October 1. Scholars complete an application, including a 2-page project proposal, and undergo a rigorous selection process. For those interested in applying, get ready now by choosing your mentor and beginning to plan a project for inclusion in your application.
Applicants must submit a letter of support from their mentor, and also a letter from their supervisor that commits to payment of an enrollment fee of $5500 and permission for the scholar to devote 10% FTE to the program over 3 years (May 2015 - May 2018). All scholars are expected to be or become members of the Academic Pediatric Association. For more information, contact Christen Brown:
Faculty Roles: ESP faculty enjoy fine networking opportunities and the pleasure of working one-on-one with future leaders in the world of pediatric education. Our current group of 40 faculty serve in the following roles:
- Faculty Advisors are assigned 2 scholars each. They serve as a career coach, with special emphasis on the scholar's educator portfolio, and as the facilitator of the scholar's academic project. Advisors convene on quarterly conference calls and facilitate a discussion with their scholar project group at PAS.
- Cohort Leaders are responsible for managing the recruitment, application review, and monitoring of the scholars in a single cohort. A cohort includes 24 scholars who stay in the program for 3 years. Cohort Leaders are members of the ESP Executive Committee.
- PAS instructors teach scholars at the annual, all-day ESP teaching session at the PAS meeting.
- Intersession Module Leaders plan, conduct, and evaluate one self-directed learning module, which is conducted over a 3 month period, once every 2-3 years.
- ESP Administrators meet monthly as an Executive Committee, setting policy, monitoring program functions, planning future activities, and managing the budget.
The ESP would be impossible without the hard work of its faculty advisors and members of the ESP Executive Committee, who devote many hours to the ongoing success of this program.
New faculty advisors for the incoming cohort of scholars are now being recruited. Previous ESP graduates are welcome to volunteer. ESP faculty are well positioned for future leadership positions in the APA. If you are interested, contact Connie Baldwin at
Educational Scholars Program Chair