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."
- APA Educational Scholars Program Description
- Scientific Writing Module
- Reviewing Module
- ESP Handbook for Scholars and Faculty
THE APA EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM:
The Educational Scholars Program (ESP) was created by the APA Education Committee and the Faculty Development SIG in 2006. Sixty scholars have graduated with a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship, and we currently have 40 active scholars and 41 faculty. We will be recruiting a new cohort of 24 scholars in Summer 2014 (see more below).
When planning the ESP, we developed a set of Guiding Principles, which are based on evidence-based techniques for sound education: a central focus on scholarship in education, application of the principles of adult learning, creation of opportunities for extensive peer interactions and practical applications of learning in the context of scholarly projects, creation of professional networks with mentors and peers to further the future careers of scholars, and use of an evolving, dynamic curriculum that is modified through scholars' evaluation and feedback.
In keeping with the last principle, we have recently revised our ESP curriculum in response to scholars' suggestions. We now have an established sequence of activities for all cohorts, so everyone experiences the curriculum in the same order. We have also modified our intersession modules (self-directed learning activities between PAS meetings), so they better match scholars' needs and the curricular themes of the year.
|Didactic and Interactive Activities||Intersession Modules|
|THEME: EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP & SCHOLARLY PROJECTS
||ISM 1A: Refining and Evaluating an Educational Project |
ISM 1B: Using a scholarly approach to build an Educator Portfolio (EP)
|THEME: NUTS AND BOLTS OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
||ISM 2A: Reviewing and Referencing the Literature|
ISM 2B: Technology for Education
|THEME: SCHOLARLY DISSEMINATION
THEME: LEADERSHIP & NETWORKING
|ISM 3A: Author Development |
ISM 3B: Reviewing Manuscripts
In addition to these learning activities, scholars conduct projects in educational research, innovation, or evaluation; meet regularly in small groups to discuss their scholarly projects; create and refine an educator portfolio; and formally review PAS presentations.
The Educational Scholars Program (ESP) will be recruiting a new cohort of scholars next summer. Cohort 7 will begin in May 2015. Briefly, our program includes three full-day teaching sessions, which scholars attend over 3 years at the PAS meetings, and 2 educational modules per year are completed between PAS meetings. All scholars develop an educator portfolio and receive expert feedback to help them plan their careers and maximize their chances for promotion. Finally, scholars plan and conduct a mentored, scholarly project in education. To receive a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship, each must provide evidence of a successfully peer reviewed publication or presentation related to the project. All program requirements have been selected with an eye to career advancement of young educators.
For more information on the ESP curriculum and other program activities, go to
http://www.academicpeds.org/education/education_scholars_program.cfm. For more information, contact Christen Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational Scholars Program Chair