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Medallion Program

The TLC Medallion Program helps instructors master skills in areas related to teaching and learning while providing evidence of growth in professional development.

Each medallion requires around 20 hours of work to complete. Upon completion of nine medallions, UTHSC instructors receive the “Expert Educator” medallion, a stipend from the Chancellor, and recognition at an annual awards ceremony.

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Expert Educator Medallion

craft of teaching

Craft of Teaching

Thinking about who we are as teachers helps us as we develop strategies to work with our students in and outside of the classroom. Instructors will write a teaching philosophy and learning objectives, and work through exercises related to feedback and assessment, student engagement, reflection, and planning for learning. This is a required medallion to earn the Expert Educator medallion.

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Inclusive Learning

It is important that educators create learning environments that acknowledge the broad diversity of our students and create ways to assure they feel safe and welcome in our classrooms. Upon completion of this medallion, participants will engage with the many facets of diversity, strategies to create an inclusive learning environment, the principles of Universal Design for Learning, and how to talk to colleagues about these concepts. This medallion is offered in collaboration with the Office of Student Academic Support and Inclusion. This is a required medallion to earn the Expert Educator medallion. 

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Teaching With Technology

“Learners of this era are accustomed to using technology, and their learning environments should reflect that,” (Smith & Benedict, February 2015). Technology is one of many tools instructors can use to engage students and improve learning. After earning this medallion, participants will have received a pedagogical framework to consider before incorporating technology, identified technology that can help their students meet course objectives, and developed a plan to assess its impact. This is a required medallion to earn the Expert Educator medallion.

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Information Literacy

The ability to find, analyze and utilize information is a key skill for today’s learner. With almost anything we need to know at our fingertips, it is increasingly important that we, as well as our students, are aware of how to identify reputable content along with resources offered at UTHSC for research and fact gathering. Participants in this medallion will be able to identify valid sources of information and make use of the resources offered by UTHSC’s library. This medallion is offered in collaboration with the UTHSC Library. 


 Pedagogy of the Social Determinants of Health

There are many factors that impact access to health services, particularly for marginalized populations. It is important that our students consider these factors as they leave UTHSC and start their careers. The goal of this medallion is to help participants consider how to incorporate SDoH into their courses with emphasis on interprofessional collaboration, experiential learning, service learning, and collaborative learning. This medallion is offered in collaboration with the Office of Health Disparities Education and Community Engagement.





UTHSC has a world-class simulation center with state-of-the-art facilities and talented staff. The requirements for this medallion will prepare instructors to make best use of CHIPS to improve education of their students. This medallion is offered in collaboration with the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation. 

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Clinical Educator

Teaching in a clinical setting is one of the ways that health sciences education is different than traditional colleges and universities, and it introduces its own set of challenges. Participants in this medallion will work through topics specific to working with students in real world clinical settings. 



While it is important for students to prepare for board exams, and many assessments are designed to help them get ready, there are many other strategies, both formative and summative, that can be used to determine how well students have learned course material. Upon completion of this medallion, participants will have considered a variety of assessment techniques to include in their courses. 

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Course Design

Designing a course involves a lot of pieces, from initial conception to developing learning objectives, writing the syllabus, creating assignments and other assessments, and more. The purpose of the Course Design medallion is to provide participants the tools needed to effectively design or redevelop courses. 



As educators, UTHSC instructors have tremendous teaching experience that would benefit those who are interested in improving their own skills, abilities, and effectiveness. This medallion is for those who would like to work with other instructors and would like to acquire the skills to effectively mentor them. 

paradigms of education

Paradigms of Education 

There are lots of ways to teach students beyond the traditional lecture. Recipients of the Paradigms of Education medallion will have learned about other ways to teach students, including the “flipped classroom”, problem-, case-, and team-based learning and other strategies to engage students and improve learning.

scholarship of teaching and learning

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

As UTHSC instructors consider the best ways to improve student learning, they may also want to research and publish their findings. The SoTL medallion will step through the stages of publication, starting from developing the initial research question, through literature reviews, designing the instrument, evaluating the data, and getting the findings published. 

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Teaching Online

Online learning provides instructors and students unique challenges. It’s more than taking what we do in a face to face class and moving it to a virtual environment. Upon completion of the requirements for the Teaching Online medallion, participants will have a plan for effectively engaging with and teaching their students online and some of the technologies to support asynchronous and synchronous learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I participate in the medallion program?
The medallion program is designed to help you identify areas in which you want to improve your teaching. It provides step by step guidance for developing expertise in areas that interest you. This program is also a way for you to engage in conversations with your department chair to set goals for the coming year.
Is there any order in which I should complete the medallions?
No. However, we recommend that you complete the “Craft of Teaching” medallion before working on any of the others. Each medallion is designed to function independently as a discrete learning experience.
How long do I have to complete a medallion once I start it?
There is no time limit to complete the requirements for a medallion. Each medallion is designed to be completed in twenty hours. You can take as much time as you need to finish.
Does completion of a medallion count towards promotion and tenure?
Each college has its own requirements for promotion and tenure. Whether or not you receive credit should be a conversation with your department chair.
What is the Expert Educator medallion?
The Expert Educator medallion is the highest level of achievement in the program. It indicates that you have received the “Craft of Teaching”, “Inclusive Learning”, “Teaching with Technology” medallions, and six other medallions of your choosing. It will take about 180 hours to complete (20 hours per medallion).
Is there compensation for finishing a medallion?
There is no compensation for completing any of the individual medallions. However, if you complete the “Craft of Teaching”, “Inclusive Learning”, “Teaching with Technology”, and six other medallions of your choosing, you will receive the “Expert Educator” medallion and a one-time $3,000 stipend.
How do I get started on a medallion?
First, you need to let your department chair or academic dean know that you would like to participate. They will forward your name to the TLC. We will contact you when we’ve heard from someone in your college.
Is there a limit to the number of medallions I can complete?
No. You can complete as many medallions as you want. There is no compensation for completing additional medallions.
How will I be able to demonstrate which medallions I’ve received?
You will receive a digital badge which you can share and connect to your LinkedIn account. Eventually, we hope you can share your medallions on Digital Measures. You will also receive a physical medallion that can be mounted on a TLC-provided plaque, ready to hang on your wall.
Will there be additional medallions?
We will add more medallion opportunities in the future.
What recognition will I receive for completing the medallions?
Medallion recipients will be recognized at an annual awards ceremony. Those who receive the Expert Educator medallion will also be recognized on the TLC web site.
I’m participating in certificate programs that are the same topic as the medallions? Do I need to do both?
No. If you complete the requirements of the “Clinical Educators” or “Pedagogy of the Social Determinants of Health” certificates, you will also receive that medallion. Those who complete the “Universal Design of Learning” certificate will receive the “Inclusive Learning” medallion. Participants in the “Instructors New to Teaching” certificate will be completing the requirements for the “Craft of Teaching” medallion.
What if I have additional questions?
Send email to with any questions

Last Published: Dec 7, 2020