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Call for Letters of Intent for the education grants program

The School of Medicine's Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE) is soliciting two-page Letters of Intent to submit proposals for the 2015 education grants program.  This annual grants program makes awards in the areas of education research (1 or 2 year grants for up to $ 25,000/year) and innovations in medical education (1 year awards for up to $ 15,000).  For the first time, we are accepting research and innovation proposals in either of two areas of education represented at the SoM: 1. undergraduate medical education (UME) and 2. PhD education (BIMS). Proposals should be focused on the improvement of one of these two areas (or a combination of both).  The lead PI on any proposal must hold a faculty position in the School of Medicine at the level of Assistant Professor or higher.  Please see the Call for Letters of Intent for all details related to the preparation of Letters of Intent as well as the entire grant program process.  Letters of Intent should be submitted by Monday, April 6, 2015.

Letters of Intent should be submitted electronicallyto Dr. Larry Merkel.

If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Merkel or Dr. Bob Bloodgood.

History and Mission

The Academy of Distinguished Educators was founded by the Dean of the School of Medicine in 2003 to provide an organizational structure that would recognize, reward and promote excellence in education.

The School of Medicine charge to the Academy is:

  • Recognize and reward outstanding teachers.
  • Work to make excellence in teaching a domain of academic advancement.
  • Develop effective faculty educators across the academic medical center.


All faculty of the School of Medicine at the Assistant Professor level or higher are eligible for membership.  Information on gaining membership to the Academy is available on the Membership Directory Page.

Educational Research

The Academy fulfills its mission to advance the quantity and quality of research in medical education at the UVa School of Medicine through the Educational Research Program, which sponsors both a Small Grants Program and the new annual Medical Education Research Poster Session.

Steering Committee

Co-Chairs of the ADE

 Tim Bender, PhD Christine Peterson, MD
Tim Bender, PhD
Professor of Microbiology

Christine Peterson, MD
Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

The Academy Steering Committee is responsible for developing, coordinating, and overseeing the operations of the Academy committees.

Member Subcommittees

The Steering Committee supervises three Member Subcommittees which focus on the topics of: Activities, Education Research & Resources, and Membership.