To promote teaching effectiveness, our teaching faculty are hired with major attention placed on their demonstrated teaching skills, including 1) prior teaching evaluations (student and peer faculty) and 2) a lecture that all potential hires must give as part of the interview/hiring process. The HPM Department also has a program of teaching quality improvement with the following components:
- a set of curriculum competencies for which each faculty member is responsible in terms of both teaching and assessment, and which are focused on competency performance as well as knowledge;
- quantitative and qualitative student evaluations of each course;
- annual teaching review and evaluation conducted by the Department chair, including a feedback discussion with the faculty member and setting teaching goals for the next year;
- annual Departmental Retreat that includes analysis and revision discussion of competency-based teaching and assessment methods;
- monthly faculty book club (brown bag seminar format) focused on teaching improvement content, both substantive and pedagogic
mentors assigned for Junior Faculty
- editorial participation for the Journal of Health Administration Education
- faculty serve as a teaching preceptors for doctoral students
- referral to KU Center for Teaching and School of Medicine professional development activities in the area of teaching.
- resources and encouragement for faculty to attend HPM professional organizations (AUPHA, AcademyHealth, etc) holding teaching seminars and workshops at professional meetings.
The Department supports its educational programs by continuously building and maintaining a strong and active intellectual environment for faculty and providing professional development opportunities focused on managerial leadership and health services research. To accomplish this Department sponsors multiple opportunities in these areas:
- the Department sponsors an on-going faculty research seminar (presentations approximately once per month);
- the Department also helps sponsor professional development lectures and seminars organized by its student organization, JHAWK to which faculty are encouraged to attend.
- resources and encouragement for faculty to attend regional, national and international meetings where there are resources for research and professional development;
- the Department sponsors visiting scholars approximately once per year
- newly hired faculty receive protected time (teaching reductions) during their first year to establish their research programs
- junior faculty receive senior faculty mentorship
- each faculty member receives an annual performance review and evaluation that includes establishing goals for teaching, research, service and general professional development for the coming year--these are evaluated the following year.
- School of Medicine promotion and tenure guidelines establish a process of third year review for tenure track faculty, which includes in-depth feedback for faculty being reviewed in terms of their professional development and achievements to date as well as recommendations for future actions.
- referral to research development and other professional development events sponsored by the School of Medicine
- encouragement and financial support to attend AUPHA, AcademyHealth and other relevant professional meetings and conferences.
Oct 18, 2012