According to the Bylaws of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Academic Affairs Committee shall consider
“…the intellectual, social, and personal aspects of pharmaceutical education. It is expected to identify practices, procedures, and guidelines that will aid faculties in developing students to their maximum potential. It will also be concerned with curriculum analysis, development, and evaluation beginning with the pre-professional level and extending through professional and graduate education. The Committee shall seek to identify issues and problems affecting the administrative and financial aspects of member institutions. The Academic Affairs Committee shall extend its attention beyond intra-institutional matters of colleges of pharmacy to include interdisciplinary concerns with the communities of higher education and especially with those elements concerned with health education.”
Consistent with identifying practices, procedures and guidelines that will aid faculties in developing students to their maximum potential, President Brian L. Crabtree charged the Committee to: 1) examine and define scholarly teaching and contrast scholarly teaching with the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and 2) Evaluate and recommend methods for evidence-based assessment of scholarly teaching that schools and colleges can use when assessing faculty’s efforts in this element of the academic mission, and 3) recommend specific strategies to equip graduate students, post-docs, and post graduate residents for careers as scholarly teachers. This Committee Report provides an overview of the process undertaken by the 2011-2012 Academic Affairs Standing Committee and describes the results of the Committee’s examination of the evolving role of scholarly teaching in the culture and assessment of teaching excellence for current and future faculty.