Interprofessional Teaching in Action Matters Award (I-TEAM Award)

The purpose of the I-TEAM award is to recognize faculty who have demonstrated excellence in interprofessional practice and education (IPE) through teaching innovation at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  For more information on IPE, please view Educating for Achievement of Collaborative Practice Competency (Keehn, 2018).

$2,500 will be awarded to an individual faculty or a faculty team based on their development of innovative curriculum, organizational change, and IPE practice opportunities that fosters a culture of interprofessional collaboration.  If a team is selected, the amount will be split accordingly.

One award will be granted annually.


UIC faculty and instructional staff from all campuses are eligible.


Nomination for individuals or teams can be submitted by colleagues and collaborators. Self nominations are accepted.


Demonstrated exceptional teaching effectiveness in advancing interprofessional practice and education in at least two of the following areas:

  • Promotes transformational change in health professions education by delivering learning experiences that build skills in interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork, values/ethics for interprofessional practice and/or interprofessional roles and responsibilities.[1]
  • Leads interprofessional curriculum development, implementation and/or evaluation which promotes collaborative practice among students.
  • Creates/implements IPE learning experiences that centers on collaborative patient centered care, social determinants of health and/or health disparities.
  • Develops IPE initiatives and/or tools that can be shared and/or replicated across the academic programs at UIC.
  • Develops and/or implements effective IPE simulation or experiential clinical learning experiences.
  • Develops and/or implements engaging IPE fieldwork and/or promotes community partnerships.
  • Creates inclusive classrooms and supportive environments for all students.

Review committee:

The review committee will include five members representing faculty and staff from the seven health sciences colleges and related administrative units. Members will serve up to three-year annual term limits and past winners of the award will be invited to participate in the review committee.  Members will be appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.

Members will recuse themselves from reviewing applications where a conflict of interest exists.

The review committee will use the attached rubric to rate the nominee(s).

Nomination requirements:

  1. Nominee(s) information (Name, title, program, and contact information).
  2. Nominator information (Name, title, program, contact information).
  3. Letter of nomination that will provide examples on how the nominee(s) have met the criteria of the award (maximum three-page limit).
  4. One letter of support for the nomination from a learner, faculty member, or academic administrator (maximum two-page limit).
  5. Attachments that support the information provided in the nomination (optional).

Please use the Qualtrics form to submit the 2021 nomination application.


Submissions will be due on March 19, 2021 and an award announcement will be made by April 1, 2021.

The award will be presented at the annual Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Immersion Event in April 2021.


Please contact Ami Shah, Project Coordinator at the Office of Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, with any questions.


[1] Interprofessional Education Collaborative. (2016). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: 2016 update. Washington, DC: Interprofessional Education Collaborative