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Shari A. Whicker, EdD, MEd

Shari Whicker, EdD, MEd

Assistant Dean, Faculty Development
Director, TEACH (Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare)


Position Responsibilities

The assistant dean for faculty development is responsible for directing all faculty development efforts within Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Whicker will also continue leading the Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare (TEACH), which serves the medical school, Carilion Clinic, and Radford University Carilion by creating a community of educators and fostering their development as teachers, learners, and education researchers. In addition, she serves Carilion Clinic as Senior Director for the Office of Continuing Professional Development, fostering the development of other health care professionals and education throughout the health system.

Professional Background

Dr. Whicker completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and both her master’s degree in education and her doctorate in adult learning at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Whicker joined the medical school in 2014. Over the past 20 years, Whicker has fostered a passion for medical education, teaching, learning, and education research in educator and educational leadership roles in the Wake Forest, Duke University, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and Carilion Clinic health systems.

Dr. Whicker’s roles in medical education have spanned the continuum of medical education to include medical students, trainees, and physician faculty as well as staff and learners from affiliated health professions. Within these roles, her primary focus has been and continues to be on the development of faculty/health care professionals and trainees as lifelong learners, teachers, and medical education researchers.

Research Interests

  • Communities of Practice
  • Medical Education
  • Faculty Development
  • Teaching Academies
  • Group Peer Review

Education and Training

  • North Carolina State University: EdD
  • North Carolina State University: MEd
  • University of North Carolina (Greensboro): BA

Additional Positions

  • Senior Director, Office of Continuing Professional Development, Carilion Clinic
  • Director, TEACH (Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare)
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Interprofessionalism