History and Mission
The Academy of Distinguished Educators was founded by the Dean of the School of Medicine in 2003 to provide an organizational structure that would recognize, reward and promote excellence in education.
The School of Medicine charge to the Academy is:
- Recognize and reward outstanding teachers.
- Work to make excellence in teaching a domain of academic advancement.
- Develop effective faculty educators across the academic medical center.
All faculty of the School of Medicine at the Assistant Professor level or higher are eligible for membership. Information on gaining membership to the Academy is available on the Membership Page.
The Academy fulfills its mission to advance the quantity and quality of research in medical education at the UVa School of Medicine through the Educational Research Program, which sponsors both a Small Grants Program and the new annual Medical Education Research Poster Session.
The Academy Steering Committee is responsible for developing, coordinating, and overseeing the operations of the ADE committees. The Co-chairs of the ADE Steering Committee are:
- Tim Bender, PhD, Professor of Microbiology
- Christine Peterson, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
The Steering Committee supervises three Member Subcommittees which focus on the topics of: Activities, Education Research & Resources, and Membership.