TEACH Awards

Recognizing our outstanding educators is a primary goal of our teaching academy, TEACH (Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare). Not only do teaching awards provide a tangible means of recognizing our exceptional educators, but formal recognition helps to improve faculty vitality and is valuable in the promotions process. TEACH reviewed *nominations for four unique Teaching Awards to recognize and highlight the accomplishments of extraordinary teachers.
Below are the recipients of these awards which were announced at the 2017 Annual TEACH Education Day Posters, Recognition, and Awards Reception.

2017 TEACH Award Recipients and their Categories


 Educator Mentorship Award
awarded to:

David W. Musick, PhD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The TEACH Educator Mentorship Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in counseling and guidance towards another’s teaching practice and/or educational research. Mentorship is a long-term commitment to the education and advancement of learners and/or faculty at VTCSOM, VTCRI, and/or Jefferson College. Demonstrations of excellence in Educator Mentorship include but are not limited to:
• Providing outstanding availability and guidance for learners and/or faculty as they seek opportunities to advance their teaching skills
• Giving advice and being available for consultation for learners and/or faculty as they ponder career pathways in education
• Offering advice and direction in developing and completing education research projects
• Assisting in identifying opportunities and suggesting additional training for further work in advancement of teaching or education research
• Exhibiting consistent personal commitment to the mentorship role
• Displaying honesty and integrity
• Delivering constructive feedback when needed or sought
Your nomination of a faculty member for this award should describe how the mentor has been outstanding in supporting, encouraging, and promoting enhanced teaching practices, education research, and other approaches to professional and personal development related to teaching.


Feedback Award
awarded to:

  Paul (P.J.) Whalen, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The TEACH Faculty Feedback Award recognizes the skill of effectively incorporating feedback into daily routines that focus on specific behaviors, assess performance, guide reflection, promote expertise, and identify a learners readiness to change. Excellence in Feedback involves key principles of “Good Feedback” which include aligning goals, feedback that is well-timed, regulating and limiting feedback to remediable behavior, and maintaining a focus on specific performance, decisions and actions. Recipients will have provided invaluable and supportive academic feedback, in both content and delivery method, which helps others to develop and excel in their work. Nominees for this award should utilize feedback as an integral part the daily partnership between the learner and teacher and deliver both timely and constructive feedback allowing for improvements before the next assessment.
Demonstrations of excellence in Feedback include but are not limited to:
• Emphasizing the importance of feedback in learning
• Demonstrating a committed and consistent effort to provide feedback for impactful learning
• Creating novel approaches to providing Feedback
• Developing feedback that has a local, regional, and/or national impact


Innovative Teaching Award
awarded to:

Claudia Kroker- Bode, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The TEACH Innovative Teaching Award recognizes the use of new teaching strategies or the implementation of existing strategies in new ways to enhance learning. Innovative teaching encompasses teaching students from diverse learning backgrounds, a passion and enthusiasm for meaningful teaching, application of teaching technologies, and creativity in engaging students.
Demonstrations of excellence in Innovative Teaching include but are not limited to:
• Utilizing creative in-class activities
• Employing the use of educational technologies for traditional, online, or asynchronous teaching
• Novel assessment techniques
• Practicing hands-on teaching to include simulation or laboratory experiences


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award
awarded to:

Helena Carvalho

Helena Carvalho, PhD
Associate Professor, Basic Science Education
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The TEACH Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award recognizes outstanding achievements in research, scholarly activity, and creative accomplishments that focus on the effectiveness of teaching methods. Recipients will embody the Environment of Inquiry related to teaching by systematically investigating questions associated with learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes.
Demonstrations of excellence in SoTL include but are not limited to:
• Developing presentations and/or publications of research and creative efforts related to SoTL
• Securing external grant and/or contract support for SoTL activities
• Contributing to the local, regional, and/or national impact in SoTL
• Recognizing learner and peer recognition of research and creative efforts

*Note all nominees are health professions educators within Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and/or Jefferson College.