Education at OHSU

Educational Improvement and Innovation

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Our Mission

The Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation promotes and advances the reflective, scholarly and innovative endeavor of teaching at OHSU and beyond. We help develop the OHSU community as teachers, scholars, mentors and leaders in the health professions to sustain and nourish their careers and become outstanding practitioners and scientists. 

We do this through: 

  • Establishing an educational culture that recognizes and promotes teaching excellence 
  • Advancing interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation 
  • Preparing faculty to meet assessment and accreditation standards for educational excellence 
  • Cultivating the potential of OHSU to contribute to the growing body of scholarship in health professions education 
  • Recognizing and rewarding faculty members by providing visibility to their work, interprofessional collaborations with colleagues and opportunities to make unique contributions 
  • Providing quality educational services including student support, curriculum design, assessment planning, teaching consultation and more

For Students

To meet our commitment to student success, the Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation provides high-quality academic support services to our diverse learners.

We assist students in identifying services to help them achieve their educational and personal goals. We offer:

  • Assistance with writing and scholarly research in coordination with the OHSU Library 
  • Individualized support in areas such as motivation and goal setting, study and test-taking skills development, exam preparation, overcoming test anxiety, stress and time management and learning strategies 
  • Accommodations and support for students experiencing a disability through Student Access

Sakai is OHSU's online course management system, a suite of useful web-based tools supporting communication and collaboration. It is used by more than 200 courses every term to distribute course materials, provide course announcements, submit assignments online and provide collaborative workspace. It can be accessed from any computer that has an internet connection and a web browser, enabling students and educators to connect from anywhere. Log in to Sakai now (Network ID required). Visit O2 for frequently asked questions or email the Sakai Help Desk for questions and technical support.

Through the Student Health and Wellness Center, students can access primary health care, counseling and other wellness services. Student health insurance is also managed through Student Health and Wellness Center. 

Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity leads development and awareness of diversity, accessibility and respect within OHSU and the wider community. AAEO and the Title IX coordinator respond and work to prevent instances of discrimination, harassment, sexual assault and misconduct. 

Public Safety responds 24/7 to maintain the safety and security of the OHSU campuses. Officers and staff also provide crime prevention expertise and tips, crime reporting, safety planning, safety escorts and much more.

For Faculty and Staff

We offer expertise and resources to support the professional growth of faculty and staff to be effective instructors and developing scholars of teaching and learning.

This scholarly inquiry into student learning advances the practice of teaching by making inquiry findings public. For a consultation, contact Constance Tucker, vice provost, Educational Improvement and Innovation.

Email Constance Tucker

Curriculum design in health professions programs is often referred to as a cycle of: 

  • Problem identification and general needs assessment 
  • Needs assessment for targeted learners 
  • Goals and objectives 
  • Educational strategies 
  • Implementation 
  • Evaluation and feedback

To request a curriculum design consultation, please contact the Teaching and Learning Center.

Email the Teaching and Learning Center

Effective course evaluation allows faculty to learn about the quality of the course design and instruction with an expectation that the responses would be used to improve the course. This experience demonstrates that by taking a teaching/learning approach to evaluation, faculty members can obtain helpful feedback to use in altering course design, objectives and pedagogy. They also can identify barriers to student learning and discover much about what their teaching is doing to enhance student learning. For a consultation, contact Lawrence Williams.

The OHSU Evaluation Core assists faculty, researchers and other groups with planning and implementing effective program evaluation, providing leadership and guidance through every step of project evaluation. Services range from developing logic models to identifying outcome metrics to serving as lead evaluators in a multi-year endeavor. The core can also provide referrals to internal and external resources for database design, statistics and content-specific expertise. Email to request a consultation. 


OHSU WRITEs – Writing Resources for Interprofessional Transformation and Excellence – serves to identify and enhance the resources for and applications of creative, reflective, medical, scientific, therapeutic, narrative, grant and other types of communication with a goal to drive creativity, innovation, wellness, publication, grant awards and to enhance diversity and diverse achievement across the university. An integral component of the OHSU Interprofessional Initiative, OHSU WRITEs resources are available to all schools, departments and units across OHSU.

The Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation offers a wide range of continuous learning opportunities to support faculty and staff in everything from assessment planning to test design to teaching and learning strategies.

Assessment Academy

Assessment Academy workshops provide opportunities for participants to increase their knowledge of assessment, improve their practice and strategies in educational pedagogy and learn how to use data to improve student learning and program effectiveness. For current information on Assessment Academy, Please contact Sarah Jacobs at or 503-494-2527.

Train Your Brain

This learning series covers variety of educational topics including test design, teaching and learning strategies, assessment, outcome measurement, curriculum mapping, Sakai tips and tricks and Quality Matters training.  For general information, please Email the Teaching and Learning Center.  For more information on Train Your Brain sessions, please visit the Train Your Brain page (OHSU login required).

Educators' Collaborative

The Educators' Collaborative is a community of practice for people who are interested in education, including direct teaching, innovation, scholarship, curriculum design and mentoring. This group of skilled practitioners interact regularly to learn from and with one another for the purpose of professional and personal development.

Two types of grants encourage curricular and pedagogical innovations that will result in more engaged and improved student learning. Innovations may be at the course, department, program, division and/or university levels.

Education Mini-Grants:  

  • Have an interesting education idea? You can apply for funding to get your pioneering project off the ground through the Innovations in Education Mini-Grants. Mini-grants are sponsored by the School of Medicine and Provost's Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation.
  • The 2019 Education Mini-Grants call for applications has closed.  Please look again next spring for future opportunities!

Faculty Leadership and Professional Development Grants

  • In an effort to sustain and improve faculty engagement in continuous learning and development opportunities, the Office of the Provost is offering grant funds to support the professional development of faculty at OHSU.
  • For more Information, please see the Educational Improvement and Innovation - Develop Professional Skills web page on O2 

2019 Provost Leadership Grants Winners

  • Silvia Amaya-Pajares, DDS
    • School of Dentistry - Institute for Teaching and Learning (AAL-ITL)
  • Samyia Fatima Chaudhry, DMD
    • School of Dentistry - (ADEA) Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders
  • Sylvia Nelsen, PhD
    • School of Dentistry - (ADEA) Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders
  • Carrie Bailey, MA
    • Teaching and Learning - Center National Center for Case Study Teaching
  • Sarah Drummond-Hays, EdD
    • School of Medicine, PA Program - NCFDD Faculty Success Program
  • Bryan Tervo, DDS
    • School of Dentistry - (ADEA/AAL) Chair and Academic Administrators Management Program
  • Despoina Bompolaki, DDS
    • School of Dentistry - NCFDD Faculty Success Program
  • Jeffrey Jones, MET
    • Teaching and Learning Center - POD Network Institute for New Faculty Developers
  • Danielle Wingrove, DDS
    • School of Dentistry - Institute for Teaching and Learning

Our team members are available for individual or department consultations to investigate new (or fine-tune existing) teaching strategies, methods and opportunities. Consultations are confidential.

Email the Teaching and Learning Center