Community of Practice

Help us create CIEL's community of practice

We’re building CIEL together. Our vision so far is grounded in these principles:

  • Robust interprofessional collaboration;
  • Respect for the value diversity brings to us and appreciation for the ways that inclusivity enriches our communities;
  • Respect for each person’s physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs;
  • Encouragement and support that empowers us to develop our personal talents and interests while providing the necessary resources for success;
  • Intentional preservation of time and space for creativity and innovation;
  • Encouragement and opportunities to embrace change, confront daunting challenges, and celebrate experiences of learning;
  • Timely, clear, and open communication;
  • A mutual commitment to earning each other’s trust.
Academic Affairs Vision

Pilot and Assess Pedagogical Strategies

Rapidly changing expectations for the healthcare professions require faculty and staff to be engaged in continuous learning to support our students’ achievement of course, program, and institutional learning outcomes.

  • If you have an idea and want to see if someone is doing related work, see our Workshops, Trainings, Courses & Conferences and Developing as Scholars pages, or ask us.
  • Use technology to assess and improve your teaching.
  • Use the University’s SyllaBot tool to build a draft syllabus.
  • The Curricular Mapping Initiative tool can help you improve your curriculum.
  • Partnering with Apple Higher Education, we are exploring digital tools to spark innovative pedagogical practices. This initiative is called iCIEL.
  • SMU faculty have access to an institutional subscription to The Teaching Professor.Published 10 times per year, The Teaching Professor is a lively, practical newsletter with a singular purpose: to provide ideas and insights to educators who are passionate about teaching. This is a newsletter that anticipates issues and addresses them as they are coming to the fore. It also evaluates existing educational practices and tools to help you choose strategies most likely to work for your courses, your students, and your institution. It is a comprehensive professional development resource. Each issue explores the topics that you confront every day in the classroom. It raises the questions on everyone’s minds, and it presents solutions that just about anyone can use regardless of discipline or type of institution. Log in for the subscription group access code.

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Integrate IPE

Integrate Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional education (IPE) prepares students for the increasingly complex and collaborative work of being a health professional. During IPE, students learn about and from each other to improve collaboration for better patient care. Developing our IPE curriculum will also help faculty be more interprofessional in their practice.

SMU’s IPE Passport curriculum will be launched in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Questions: ipe@samuelmerritt.edu.

2018-2019 IPE offerings at SMU
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Develop Students into Health Professions Educators

Transforming healthcare education practice includes fostering the growth of tomorrow’s healthcare educators. SMU’s Nursing Faculty of Tomorrow (NFT) is one such program. NFT provides opportunities for students to explore a nursing teaching career by working closely with supervising faculty in a class, lab, or clinical setting. For more information about NFT, contact Teri Gwin.

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