New Academy of Veterinary Educators Names 6 NC State Experts to Advisory Group
The credentialing committee of the Academy of Veterinary Educators has chosen six NC State College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members to be founding members of the academy’s distinguished expert cohort.
The six are Derek Foster, associate professor of ruminant medicine; Stefanie LaJuett, a lead registered veterinary technician and trainer; Laura Nelson, associate dean and director of Academic Affairs; Regina Schoenfeld, professor and course coordinator for the clinical reasoning series in the DVM curriculum and editor-in-chief for the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education; Katie Sheats, associate professor of Equine Primary Care and incoming director of Distributive and Extramural Education; and Jesse Watson, director of Curriculum and Educator Development.
“The fact that these amazing members of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine team make up nearly a quarter of the 26-member cohort shows how our expertise and leadership are respected across the veterinary world,” says Kate Meurs, dean of the college. “All departments are represented here, as well as technicians and staff, and we are looking forward to seeing how much they contribute to the academy.”
The committee chose the 26 founding members out of a pool of 80 nominees.
“This cohort of experts was not chosen lightly,” the committee said in a congratulatory email. “The committee had a higher than anticipated number of impressive applicants. … Our committee goal was to establish an expert cohort that reflects the AVE membership we hope to attain, with the idea that education is a broad topic that includes fields beyond traditional classroom or clinical instruction, but also education coordination, curriculum design, outreach, and so much more. We are thrilled that you have been selected for this distinguished group.”
The Academy of Veterinary Educators is a nonprofit educational organization forming a community of practice focused on veterinary education seeking to elevate the discipline of veterinary medical education. Its mission is to promote, advance and recognize excellence in veterinary medical education through creation of an inclusive organization that provides veterinary medical education resources, support and encouragement of scholarship in veterinary medical education. It also hopes to build a globally inclusive and diverse community of practice.
In developing the organization, the academy asked for nominations for a founding cohort of distinguished experts. Nominees submitted narratives and CVs for evaluation by members of the AVE Credentialing Committee.
Distinguished experts will provide feedback and guidance to the credentialing process as the Academy of Veterinary Educators grows.