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Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award

Houston, Texas

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Teaching and Evaluation

Summary: This award will be given to individuals with a record of quality, quantity, and breadth of teaching and/or evaluation of learners (as a Baylor faculty member) which matches or exceeds the evidence contained in the standard-setting examples. (See examples at the bottom of this page.)

Teaching and Evaluation: activities might include: preparing and giving lectures; teaching in the ambulatory setting; teaching rounds; facilitating small groups; working one-on-one with learners; making education-related presentations; assisting in learner evaluations (i.e. OCSE's). See more additional information on teaching and evaluation activities for basic science faculty.

Evidence of Quality: (e.g., success of teaching) include: a description of your goals, preparation to teach, and ongoing development; summarized student ratings; peer observation/review; course director ratings; letters of support; outcome indicators (student performance); and enrollment figures. This criterion will count 50 percent of the final judgment of the Review Panel. See the general criteria for determining quality of educational scholarship for all Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Awards.

Evidence of Quantity: (e.g., amount of teaching) include: number of hours teaching (duration and frequency of lectures); number of years teaching; number of learners and/or groups taught. This evidence should focus on activities as a Baylor faculty member within the past five years. This criterion will count 40 percent of the final judgment of the Review Panel.

Dimensions of Breadth: (e.g., diversity of teaching) might include: different levels or types of learners; different courses; different styles/formats of teaching or evaluation; old versus new curriculum; internal versus external teaching. This criterion will count 10 percent of the final judgment of the Review Panel.

Instructions for Submitting Mini-Portfolios: Please review Submitting a Mini-Portfolio for general instructions regarding format and submission requirements.

The following examples set the standards of quantity, quality, and breadth for the category of Teaching and Evaluation. You must accumulate and document at least as much evidence of accomplishment as contained in one or more of these examples. While your exact combination of accomplishments related to quality, quantity, and breadth will be unique, you will be required at the start of your mini-portfolio to identify which standard-setting example(s) best match(es) the types of teaching and evaluation you have included.

The structured summaries in each of these examples have been prepared using a template which you should use in your mini-portfolio.

(Use This Template for Your Submission.) You should also use in your descriptions of quantity the types of information included in the standard-setting example(s) best matched to your accomplishments.

Example 1
Ph.D. in basic science department who actively participates in both medical school and graduate school courses.

Example 2
M.D. in clinical department who teaches both medical students and residents through lecture, small groups, and bed-side teaching.

Example 3
Faculty in eighth year at Baylor in basic science department who teaches almost entirely in the graduate school, principally through mentoring Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows in the research laboratory.

Example 4
M.D. in clinical department who primarily works with learners in a clinical setting. Just as the standard-setting examples are not maximally strong in all areas, it is expected that faculty mini-portfolios will vary and not be maximally strong in all areas. In effect, weaker areas may be balanced out with stronger areas, so long as the overall combination compares favorably to at least one of the standard-setting examples in terms or quantity, quality, and breadth.

A number of faculty who have received an award in the Teaching and Evaluation category have agreed to make their mini-portfolios available for general review. If you would like to review one of these documents, contact the Office of Faculty Development at (713-798-7285) or email Remy Elizondo at

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