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

Houston, Texas

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Educational Research

Summary: This award will be given to faculty whose contributions to educational research matches or exceeds the quality and quantity of research included in the standard-setting examples.

Educational Research includes activities related to many forms of disciplined inquiry (some of which may not traditionally be thought of as "research") which involve the investigation of specific questions and the sharing of results through formal and informal means of dissemination. These forms of disciplined inquiry might include: collecting and reporting the results of an evaluation of a curriculum intervention, organizing and reporting longitudinal outcome information about student performance in a course undergoing "continuous improvement," obtaining and reporting results of a needs assessment, conducting and reporting a comparison of two types of teaching methods.

Evidence of Quality should include a description of your rationale/goals for dedicating professional time to educational research; a description of your preparation/background and ongoing self-improvement which enables you to do this research well; letters of support-published, peer reviewed articles, research methods used, results and impact of findings. This criterion will count 50 percent of the final judgment of the Review Panel. Click here for general criteria for determining quality of educational scholarship applicable to all Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Awards. Your work must be published to be eligible for this award.

Evidence of the Quantity of educational research might include the number of specific questions examined, the number of initiatives (i.e., discrete studies) associated with each question, and the number of disseminations. This criterion will count 40 percent of the final judgment of the Review Panel.

Evidence of Breadth might include different thematic areas, different types of questions focused on different educational issues and/or learner populations, different types of research methods, different venues for disseminating results. Depth and scope may also be counted as breadth in Educational Research. This criterion will count 10 percent of the final judgment of the Review Panel.

Instructions for Submitting Mini-Portfolios See instructions specific to preparing a mini-portfolio and a template for the Educational Research category. Please review Submitting a Mini-Portfolio for general instructions regarding format and submission requirements.

The following examples illustrate how a variety of faculty satisfy the standards of quantity, quality, and breadth for the Educational Research Category. A candidate should accumulate and document at least as much overall evidence of accomplishment as contained in the individual 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 research activities you include.

  • Example 1 - M.D. in Clinical Department
  • Example 2 - Ph.D. in Basic Science Department
  • Example 3 - Ed.D. in an educational section of a department

Just as these 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 the examples.

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