Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award

The Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award will be given annually to individuals who are actively involved in surgical education and who are considered by their chair, peers, residents, and/or students to be outstanding teachers.  Nominees for these awards must possess the qualities of an outstanding teacher which include:  commitment to teaching, expert knowledge, innovation, enthusiasm and stimulation of interest, encouragement of problem solving, ability to provide feedback and effective evaluation, role modeling of professional characteristics, accessibility and openness to new ideas.  Documentation of teaching excellence must be provided, which may include but is not limited to:  teaching evaluation reports, dissemination of educational approaches and outcomes via presentations or publications, development of educational programs and media, and program evaluation reports.

Required materials: 

The following documentation of teaching excellence and scholarship must be provided:

  1. Statement of Educational Philosophy  (2-3 pages written by applicant)
  2. Educational Portfolio that include documentation of the following:
    1. Attending educational development programs e.g. attending workshops, certification/degree programs
    2. Educational productivity including: teaching activities; creation of or participation in educational curricula and/ or assessment schemes of learners
    3. Educational research and scholarship
    4. Education-related leadership positions within own institution
    5. Leadership position in education-related organizations e.g. VP or chair of committees
    6. Educational awards and honors
    7. Mentoring and advising
  3. Letters of nomination by Chair, Dean, or program director.
  4. Letters of support and documentation of active participation from leaders in education-related organizations.
  5. Teaching evaluation reports.

Nomination Process:

■ Nominations will be made by the Department Chair
■ Candidates may only be nominated for one ASE Award
■ If the teaching portfolio is not included, the nomination will be rejected.

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