Faculty development to improve teaching at a health sciences center: a needs assessment.


There has been increasing interest at health science centers in improving the education of health professionals by offering faculty development activities. In 2007-08, as part of an effort to expand education-related faculty development offerings on campus, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center surveyed faculty members in an effort to identify faculty development activities that would be of interest. Factor analysis of survey data indicated that faculty interests in the areas of teaching and learning can be grouped into six dimensions: development of educational goals and objectives, the use of innovative teaching techniques, clinical teaching, improving traditional teaching skills, addressing teaching challenges, and facilitating participation. There were significant differences in the level of interest in education-related faculty development activities by academic rank and by the college of appointment. Full professors expressed somewhat less interest in faculty development activities than faculty members of lower ranks. Faculty members in the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry expressed somewhat greater interest in faculty development to improve traditional teaching skills. The policy implications of the survey results are discussed, including the need for faculty development activities that target the needs of specific faculty groups.

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@article{Scarbecz2011FacultyDT, title={Faculty development to improve teaching at a health sciences center: a needs assessment.}, author={Mark Scarbecz and Cynthia K Russell and Robert G Shreve and Melissa M Robinson and Cheryl R. Scheid}, journal={Journal of dental education}, year={2011}, volume={75 2}, pages={145-59} }