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Searle Faculty Fellowships

The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, based on the Evanston campus, provides seminars and workshops for faculty to improve numerous aspects of their teaching skills. These opportunities are open to all faculty members, and conducted on the Chicago as well as Evanston campuses.

One of its signature programs is the Searle Fellows Program, a multi-disciplinary, year-long program for early career faculty. Established in 1999, the program aims to provide faculty with the expertise and knowledge to implement evidence-based approaches to learning and teaching. Participants work with a senior faculty mentor to develop a teaching project related to a course they teach, attend a minimum of 3 faculty development events, and participate in all of the program related activities (including a 2-day retreat and multiple mentoring sessions). Since its inception, 86 Feinberg faculty members have benefited from the Searle Fellows Program. Since 2011, the medical school’s involvement has been coordinated by the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME), which assists in the application and selection process for Feinberg faculty, ensures optimal coordination of participants’ and faculty mentor activities, and incorporates downstream from the program former Fellows’ skills in other Feinberg faculty development initiatives.

Participation in the program is also viewed favorably in tenure and promotion decisions.

Applications for the Searle Fellowship will open Spring 2020.

Expectations of Fellows

  • Participate in an overnight retreat that includes workshops on teaching theories
  • Select a more-senior faculty member from their own department to serve as their mentor
  • Work with Searle Center staff and their mentor to develop a project that explores current literature on teaching and learning effectiveness
  • Attend a recognition ceremony and dinner at the end of the spring quarter, attended by current fellows, mentors and University leaders

 2019

Previous 2019 Searle Fellows
Name Department Mentor
Sami Chaouki Pediatrics Angira Patel
Conrad Epting Pediatrics, Critical Care; Pathology Rick McGee
Angela Fidler Pfammatter Preventive Medicine, Behavioral Medicine Michael Fagen
Marion Stanley Medicine, Hospital Medicine Gary Martin
Theresa Walunas Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Kenzie Cameron
Kristy Wolniak Pathology David Salzman

 2018

Previous 2018 Searle Fellows
Name Department Mentor
Kavita Hodgkins Pediatrics, Kidney Diseases Jennifer Trainor
Kelly Lowry Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Karen Gouze
Amy Whalen Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine Celia O'Brien

 2017

Previous 2017 Searle Fellows
Name Department Mentor
Heather A. Ballard Pediatrics, Anesthesiology Jeffrey Barsuk
Eric D. Donnelly Radiation Oncology Shohreh Shahabi
Elizabeth Hibler Preventive Medicine Mercedes Carnethon
Maheen Quadri Pediatrics Jennifer Trainor
Tanie L. Saroli Pediatrics, Cardiology Peter Koenig
Katie Knoedelseder Wolfe Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine Mary McBride

 2016

Previous 2016 Searle Fellows
Name Department Mentor
Mobola Cambell-Yesufu Medicine Gary Martin
Shannon Crabtree Medical Education, Physician Assistant Program David Salzman
Priya Gopwani Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine Walter Eppich
Russ Horowitz Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine Patricia Garcia
Angira Patel Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine Karen Mangold
Amy Y. Wang Preventive Medicine Mark Adler

 2015

Previous 2015 Searle Fellows
Name Department Mentor
Margaret Chapman Medicine, Hospital Medicine Gary Martin
Patrick Lank Emergency Medicine Michael Gisondi
Mary E. McBride Pediatrics, Critical Care Katherine Barsness
Malika Shah Pediatrics, Newborn Nursery Irwin Benuck
Ranya Sweis Medicine, Interventional Cardiology Gary Martin

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