Educational Effectiveness

Educational activities are evaluated by the quality and quantity of an candidate’s activities and by their performance and effectiveness as an educator and mentor (APP, Section 2.4b). The Basic File or Tenure Dossier includes two components related to the educational activities of the candidate:

  • Documentation of Educational Activities, listed in the candidate's CV. The UMMS CV Format is designed to encourage candidates to compile a comprehensive and complete list of their Educational Activities, including mentoring.
  • Evidence of Educational Effectiveness, included as a separate component in the candidate’s Basic File or Tenure Dossier. The evidence for educational effectiveness should be as complete as possible and should match the educational and mentoring activities listed in the CV. Include evaluations for the last five years or the last promotion review.

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Documentation of Educational Effectiveness

Materials that document educational effectiveness fall into three categories, based on the source:

1. Learner Evaluations of Faculty Teaching in E*Value

The E*Value System is currently used to compile learner evaluations of faculty teaching in formal courses and programs at UMMS. Faculty members have individual access to their evaluation data in E*Value; many department administrators also have access and can assist. For further help:

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME). The Office of Institutional Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (IREA) provides a E*Value Reporting Guide. Contact Brianna Robuccio at Brianna.Robuccio@umassmed.edu for help.

Graduate Medical Education (GME). See the E*Value Step by Step Guide for more information.

Graduate School of Nursing (GSN). Complete the Request for Faculty Evaluation Data form specific to GSN and submit it to IREA (S4-144) or email it to Brianna.Robuccio@umassmed.edu.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Evaluations are sent to faculty. If another copy is needed:

•     Core Courses: contact Annette Stratton at Annette.Stratton@umassmed.edu

•     Advanced Topics: contact the course coordinator

2. Other Evaluations of Faculty Teaching

Candidates may include other evidence of teaching effectiveness such as:

  • learner evaluations of teaching not included in E*Value (e.g., CME evaluations)
  • peer review of a candidate’s educational activities
  • assessments of student learning (results of OSCEs, NBME subject exams, in-service exams, etc.)
  • evaluations of a course, clerkship or program (for faculty directing a course, clerkship or program)
  • dissemination and impact of courses, curricula, or educational materials developed by the candidate

Faculty are responsible for retaining and compiling these materials in their Basic File or Tenure Dossier.

The effectiveness of mentoring may be demonstrated by the number and current status of mentees and publications and other scholarly works with mentees, documented in the candidate’s CV.

3. Letters of Evaluation

Letters attesting to the candidate’s effectiveness in their educational or mentoring activities may be solicited from students, trainees and/or mentees proposed by the candidate. These letters may be particularly helpful for faculty members who do not teach in a formal setting. Letters may also be solicited from course directors or other individuals who can evaluate the candidate’s educational or mentoring activities.

Candidates should include the individuals to be solicited for these letters in their proposed list of evaluators submitted to their chair or to the GSN Dean; see Letters of Evaluation.