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Issue 1 -- September 2012


Faculty Matters

Welcome to the first issue of Faculty Matters, a publication for School of Medicine faculty produced by the Academy of Medical Educators and the Office of Faculty Affairs.

You can expect:

  • One bimonthly email, sent the second week of the month.

  •  A newsletter archive for future reference.
  • Links to the newsletter archive from the Academy and Faculty Affairs websites.



A publication of the Academy of Medical Educators and the Office of Faculty Affairs

Improve Your Teaching Effectiveness 

Request a Coach from the Academy’s iTeach Program

Dennis Boyle, MD

In the 1980s, California researchers conducted a five-year study of teacher-skill development and noticed something interesting: When a development workshop included a coaching component in which the teachers practiced new skills in their own classrooms and received feedback, new skill adoption rates reached 90 percent (exceeding the 10-20 percent adoption rates of workshops without coaching).


Promotion and Tenure: New Policies Approved By Faculty

Steven R. Lowenstein, MD, MPH

On August 15, 2012, after more than 15 months of dialogue and debate, the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) gave final approval to a new set of policies governing promotion and tenure.


Conference Inspires Faculty to Be Better Leaders and Train Others

Eva Aagaard, MD

“I’ve never done this in such a deep and impactful way.” Attendee comment

The Academy of Medical Educators recently hosted a 3½ day conference to learn about leadership and experiential learning from two masters—Robert (Bob) A. Doughty, MD, PhD and Timothy (Tim) P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education



Q: Can faculty members participate in election campaigns?

A: As private citizens, University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty members are permitted to participate in election campaigns and advocate for public policies. However, most faculty members are also public employees, and the state and Board of Regents limit the manner in which employees may use the name and resources of the university.