AAVMC Names New Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME)

Jeff Douglas or Jeanne Johnson
Phone: 202/371-9195, x144
Email: jdouglas@aavmc.org or jjohnson@aavmc.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2021 — A respected educator from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) with almost 20 years of experience working with the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME) has been named Editor-in-Chief (EIC). Dr. Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher, associate professor of veterinary educational development in the NCSU-CVM’s Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, will succeed Dr. Daryl Buss, who has served as EIC since 2012, effective July 1, 2021.

“We’re fortunate to recruit a leader with such extraordinary experience and capabilities, and look forward to the contributions Dr. Schoenfeld-Tacher will make as Editor-in-Chief,” said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “I would also like to congratulate and thank Dr. Buss for his achievements in taking the JVME to the levels of quality and influence it has earned during his tenure. These educators have been collaborating for many years, and I’m sure that bodes well for the future success of the JVME.”

Schoenfeld-Tacher assumes leadership of the respected academic journal during a pivotal time in the history of academic veterinary medicine and the profession it supports. The global pandemic and zoonotic disease threats, reams of scientific evidence about the crucial importance of the human-animal bond and food production and security issues are all focusing attention on the importance of veterinary medicine and the educational programs that undergird the profession.

Schoenfeld-Tacher is eminently qualified to undertake the task. Her almost two-decade span of engagement with the JVME includes working with the JVME’s past three EIC’s, including a leadership role and close working relationship with EIC Buss, whom she credits as a mentor.

“My appointment as Editor In Chief for JVME is tangible evidence of AAVMC’s commitment to educational innovation and diversity/inclusion,” said Schoenfeld-Tacher. “I am the first veterinary educationalist to serve in this role, as well as the first female and Latina EIC in the history of the Journal. I am honored to work with the Editorial Board to continue building upon their and Dr. Buss’ efforts to elevate JVME to its current status as a leading peer-reviewed publication focusing on the scholarship of teaching and learning in veterinary medicine.”

Schoenfeld-Tacher has served as a member of the JVME Editorial Board since 2007, and as a Guest Editor and Handling Editor since 2012. She proposed and led efforts to produce theme editions on “Educational Theory and Practice” and on “Curricular Management and Renewal.” She has also played an important role in refining internal processes related to manuscript review and acceptance as well as key-word searchability.

Over the past 21 years, she has authored or co-authored 82 refereed journal articles, including 28 which were published in the JVME. Those included two manuscripts which explored the 50-year history of the AAVMC as well as a retrospective content analysis of articles published in the JVME, each of those deepening her understanding of the role, breadth and scope of the journal.

In addition to her work with the JVME, she has served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Problem Based Learning and as a peer reviewer on nine additional academic journals.

Schoenfeld-Tacher will steward the journal’s evolving responsibility as the premiere refereed journal serving global academic veterinary medicine and is excited about future opportunities for growth and impact. She is interested in elevating the role the JVME can play in fostering diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the worldwide academic veterinary medical community, and particularly interested in reaching out to veterinary educators in Latin America.

Schoenfeld-Tacher earned a PhD in chemical education and a MA degree in educational technology from the University of Northern Colorado, and an EdM in science education as well as two undergraduate degrees from Boston University.

Schoenfeld-Tacher has extensive experience in educational development and instructional design. In 2012, she organized the Veterinary Educator Collaborative, which evolved into an American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) component organization.

Prior to her 2013 appointment on the NCSU faculty, she served for 14 years on the faculty of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Published bi-monthly by the AAVMC and the University of Toronto Press, the JVME provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, research, and discoveries about veterinary medical education.

The journal’s areas of focus include best practices and educational methods in veterinary education; recruitment, training, and mentoring of students at all levels of education, including undergraduate, graduate, veterinary technology, and continuing education; clinical instruction and assessment; institutional policy; and other challenges and issues faced by veterinary educators domestically and internationally.

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The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.

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