Teaching Excellence Academy


Join the TEAm!

The Teaching Excellence Academy is the premiere program of the Office of Faculty Development. Using a community of practice approach to faculty development, the Teaching Excellence Academy is an opportunity for select faculty to meet with colleagues and an educational consultant to discuss teaching and learning and promote teaching excellence at the UCR School of Medicine.

Application Process begins in July



Who Should Apply?

The Teaching Excellence Academy is primarily intended for mid-career or other faculty with some knowledge and experience with teaching and learning. The program is open to anyone with a UCR faculty appointment whether they are teaching didactic lectures, problem based learning, clinical skills, doctoring, or in a clinical setting. It is generally not intended for faculty completely new to teaching

What are the Benefits?

The benefits of participating in the Teaching Excellence Academy are numerous. They include:

  • Opportunity to learn more about teaching and learning and work on continuous improvement of your teaching skills and receive support and assistance from a small cohort of experiences professionals.
  • Entry into TEAM (Teaching Excellence Advisory Member) which will result in recognition by the dean at an annual ceremony and acknowledgement of your achievement in social media and other outlets.
  • Merit and promotion consideration. Completion of the program and entry into TEAM will be taken into consideration for merit and promotion.

What am I Expected to Do?

Since the Teaching Excellence Academy is a community of practice approach to faculty development, there are certain expectations of faculty members who are selected to participate. These expectations include:  

  • Because each member of the cohort is an important part of the learning experience, we ask that all participants commit to attending all sessions unless an emergency prevents attendance. The program will consist of six 3-hour sessions held from October to April. Due to heavy schedule commitments, we will not hold a session in December. Sessions will be held in the Medical Education Building on the campus of UCR from 6:00 PM – 9:00 p.m. Dinner and parking will be provided for each session.
  • There is also an expectation that participants will complete assigned content prior to the session. This content will not be overly burdensome, requiring only 30-45 minutes of preparation time, but will ensure that each session is effective and high yield.
  • Each participant is expected to complete a transformational project of his or her own choosing related to teaching and learning. Participants will be expected to report on the results of their projects at the Conference on Teaching, Learning and Discovery or a separate symposium for this purpose. It is our sincere desire that the transformational projects may lead to scholarship being created that will enhance the field of medical education.
  • Each participant will be expected to identify themselves in all UCR related communications as a Teaching Excellence Academy member.



What Will I Learn?

The curriculum for the Teaching Excellence Academy will include sessions on:

  • Teaching and learning theory as it related to medical education.
  • Foundation of curriculum which addresses how content is organized to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Instructional strategies which will include evidence-based strategies relevant to medical education in traditional and non-traditional learning environments.
  • Assessment and evaluation and how to best ensure that students are learning what they need to know.
  • Developing mentoring skills which will help prepare TEAM members who wish to continue into the mentoring part of the program.
  • Time management, self-care and resilience.

How do I Apply?

The application process for the Teaching Excellence Academy beings in July and the program begins in October. To be considered for the program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • Have a faculty appointment at UCR at the time of application and throughout the program.
  • Be nominated by the chair of your department or a member of the leadership team of the UCR School of Medicine.
To apply:
  • The application period is closed for 2019. Applications for the 2020 cohort will be available in July of 2020. 
  • Deadline: Applications must be submitted by August 12 for consideration in this year’s cohort.
  • Complete an application form and indicate the individual who will be nominating you.
  • Ask your nominator to complete the nomination form.
  • Briefly describe your intended transformational project. The project idea can be at an early stage.
  • Upload your curriculum vitae or resume.

The committee meets in August to select participants who are notified in late August or early September. The program begins in October.

The application process opens in July 2020. To apply

1. Fill out this TEA Application Form.

2. Ask your nominator to fill out this TEA Nomination Form.  


Please contact the Office of Faculty Development for more information.