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Faculty Educator Development Steering Committee

Committee Chair

Rebecca Greenblatt, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology

Committee Support

Kelly Donovan, [email protected]

Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development


  • Ann Botash, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
  • Aaron Glass, PhD, MB (ACSP), Clinical Laboratory Science CHP
  • Sherri LaFrance-Hale, PhD, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Kathryn Holliday, DNP, CPNP, CNE, College of Nursing
  • Thomas Poole, PhD, Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Amy Slutzky, PhD, MSLIS, Library
  • Michael Vertino, MD, Neurology, Clerkship Director
  • Daniel Zaccarini, MD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Pamela Youngs-Maher, EdD, Educational Communications
  • Florence Mandebvu, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, College of Nursing 

The Role of the Faculty Educator Development Steering Committee:

The charge for the Faculty Educator Development Committee is to "create a culture of quality education, wherein good teaching is valued and rewarded, and Upstate Medical University faculty members are motivated to enjoy their participation in teaching and to improve their teaching skills."

The committee's goals are as follows:

  • To identify faculty needs and to provide the resources and support required for excellent teaching at state-of-the-art levels.
  • To promote educational activities among the faculty aimed at improving teaching skills.
  • To develop and implement activities that provide a forum for the faculty to interact, collaborate, and share teaching expertise.

Educational Development Opportunities:

Faculty Educator Development Seminars: Instituted in 2000, knowledgeable presenters share their expertise on topics that will help participants improve their skills as educators and their understanding of education-related issues. Seminars are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 12-1 PM.

Medical Education Journal Clubs: Instituted in 2009, these meetings provide a forum for discussion of published manuscripts relevant to medical education. The group meets on the third Monday of each month from 12- 1 PM.

Faculty Toolbox Workshop Series: Instituted in 2009, this is a series of three intensive workshops that provide a more in-depth exploration of professional development topics. Prior series have focused on education, research, and leadership.

For all activities, e-mails are sent prior to each meeting requesting faculty members to RSVP.