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Innovations in Education

Dr. Taff mentors students interested in Innovations in Education. This scholarly experience gives students opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and experience in education-related projects, including educational research, curriculum development, instructional design, program evaluation, and scholarship of teaching and learning activities. Students should consider this experience if they are interested in developing innovations in the science of learning, fieldwork education, patient and caregiver education, professional and educational leadership, interprofessional education, public health education, and establishing a foundation for a career in educational contexts. In general, personal transportation is not required.

General Description of Student Activities

Student work will use a variety of approaches (qualitative, mixed methods, systematic and scoping reviews, needs assessments, and program evaluation) to investigate problems and possibilities in teaching, learning and education. This includes designing inclusive learning environments, evaluating teaching methods, interprofessional education, integrating climate change into curriculum and instruction, gauging the effect of student and faculty stress on mental health/academic performance, or investigating student attributes and their influence on learning. Students will also be guided in developing educational/training needs assessments, curricular design and evaluation of educational outcomes in both student and clinical education settings. Students may produce a manuscript that can be published in peer-reviewed literature and have the opportunity to present their research findings at local, state or national conferences.

Examples of Projects

  • Development of the Inclusive Instruction Index
  • Exploring Faculty Perceptions of Inclusive Teaching in Occupational Therapy Education
  • Creating a Model for Integrating Climate Change into Occupational Therapy Education
  • Charting the Presence of Underrepresented Minorities in Occupational Therapy, 1917-2023: A Historical Mapping Review
  • Developing the Preparing Future Faculty for Success Program for Racial-Ethnic Minorities Interested in Academic Careers


Steve Taff, PhD, OTR/L, FNP, FAOTA
Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine
Assistant Dean of Faculty Leadership Development
Director, Teaching Scholars Program, Academy of Educators
Washington University School of Medicine

Phone: (314) 286-0043
[email protected]

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