ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2018
San Diego, CA; April 21 – 25, 2018
The primary goal of this travel award is to promote participation in the ASPET Meeting by pharmacology educators and to foster career development in pharmacology education.
Pharmacology educators are invited to apply for a Travel Award to help defray the costs of travel and housing to attend the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2018.
The award will be presented at the Division for Pharmacology Education annual business meeting during EB. The award consists of:
- A commemorative plaque
- A sum not in excess of $1,000, which can be used to defray any of the following as needed: travel expenses, registration, hotel accommodations, and cost of meals. All reimbursement expenses must be consistent with the guidelines of ASPET.
- An official announcement which will be posted on the ASPET Division for Pharmacology Education website.
Application Criteria and Process
- There are no restrictions on faculty rank.
- Applicant must have significant teaching responsibilities in the area of pharmacology.
- Applicant must be a member in good standing of ASPET.
- Primary or secondary membership in the Division for Pharmacology Education is required).
- Applications for two types of awards will be considered; one to a Junior candidate and one to a Senior candidate. An applicant will be considered a junior candidate if they have relatively less experience as a pharmacology educator and/or are a junior faculty member (e.g., Assistant Professor). All other applicants will be considered as Senior Candidates.
- Areas of teaching responsibilities in pharmacology can include instruction in graduate and undergraduate college classes as well as professional schools.
- In addition to curriculum delivery, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating efforts in creative aspects of pharmacology education, e.g., curricula design, assessment, and faculty development.
- Preference will be given to applicants who have submitted an education abstract to Experimental Biology 2018.
How to Apply
Applications shall be submitted using the ASPET Submission Portal (log in using the Member Login box on the left).
Applications shall consist of:
- Curriculum vitae (please highlight education related accomplishments) – to be uploaded as a PDF
- Applicant Statement and Supportive Materials addressing Sections A and B listed below – to be uploaded as a single PDF
- Names and email addresses for at least one but no more than three references to provide letters of support
- Abstract title and ID number of your EB 2018 abstract submission (abstract submission is not required but preference is given to abstract submitters)
Applicant's Statement and Supportive Materials
Section A. Applicant's Statement (limited to 2,000 words) Applicants may wish to address the following in their statement:
- Describe the breadth and extent of your teaching experiences in pharmacology education.
- What are goals for pharmacology education of the instructional unit(s) in which you currently participate?
- What role do you play in establishing and meeting these goals? That is, describe your involvement in preparation and delivery of undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional school curricula.
- Discuss your perception of the importance of your educational endeavors in pharmacology education to the mission of the educational unit.
- Indicate the type of teaching strategies and materials that you use or have implemented. For example, describe how student aids are used to meet the needs of the educational unit and the students.
- Describe self-improvement strategies that you have developed. For example, describe how you use student feedback and peer evaluation to alter course content, educational perspective, and strategy. Be sure to indicate participation in educational workshops and courses to improve their educational efforts.
- Describe how your innovations in pharmacology education have influenced the educational environment(s) in your or other educational endeavors.
- Describe what you hope to gain from attendance at the ASPET meeting. What contributions do you envision bringing to pharmacology education during your career?
Section B. Applicant's Supportive Materials - May include but not be limited to:
- Positive teaching evaluations from colleagues and students
- Examples of academic efforts in pharmacology education, e.g., presentations, abstracts, and papers.
- Please do NOT attach non-evaluative materials, such as lesson plans or presentation materials.
Notes about Letters of Reference
In the online application form, you will need to provide the full names and email addresses for those who will be providing you letters of reference. After you submit your application, the online system will automatically email your references giving them the option to type in or upload their letter into the system. All comments will be kept confidential.
You are strongly encouraged to alert your references in advance that their letters will be required by Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in order for your application to be considered. They will not receive their personal link to upload their letters until you finish submission of your own application. Your portion of the application is due by Friday, November 17, 2017.
Below are the guidelines they will receive. You are encouraged to share these with them in advance.
Instructions for References
In order to evaluate candidates for the travel award, you have been requested to provide a letter of support highlighting your knowledge of the applicant as a pharmacology educator. Please provide your opinion of the applicant's teaching expertise, educational innovations, contributions to goals of educational units in which they participate, and benefits that attending an ASPET meeting would offer to the applicant's career in pharmacology education. In preparing your recommendation, you may wish to consider topics listed below:
- Breadth and extent of the applicant's participation in pharmacology education
- Value of the applicant's educational endeavors in pharmacology education (If possible, provide positive student and faculty feedback evaluation.)
- Extent of use and effectiveness of student teaching aids
- Applicant's self-improvement strategies (Use of student feedback and peer evaluations, and participation in educational workshops.)
- Influence of innovations by the applicant on their educational environment
Applications for this award are due by Friday, November 17, 2017.