The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME), one of the nation’s top academic publications.
Schoenfeld-Tacher, associate professor of veterinary educational development at the CVM, will begin her editor tenure July 1, according to a release from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), which produces the bi-monthly journal.
Schoenfeld-Tacher has worked with JVME for more than 20 years and credits outgoing editor-in-chief Daryl Buss 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 in a statement. “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.”
In the statement, Schoenfeld-Tacher said she is interested in, “elevating the role the JVME can play in fostering diversity, equity and including throughout the worldwide academic veterinary medical community,” with particular interest in engaging with veterinary educators in Latin America.
Schoenfeld-Tacher has been a member of JVME’s editorial board since 2007, and over the past 21 years has authored or co-authored 82 referred journal articles, including 28 published in the JVME. Her research focuses on educational outcomes, curricular innovation and the impact of course changes.
Since 2021, she has served as a guest editor for the publication and has led efforts to produce themed editions on educational theory and curricular management. Schoenfeld-Tacher has also played an integral role in refining JVME processes, including manuscript review and acceptance. In 2012, she organized the Veterinary Educator Collaborative, which eventually became an organization within the AAVMC.
“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 Andrew T. Maccabe in a statement.
Schoenfeld-Tacher joined the CVM faculty in 2013 after 14 years at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She holds a master’s degree in educational technology and a Ph.D. in chemical education from the University of Northern Colorado. She earned a master’s of education in science education and two undergraduate degrees from Boston University.
The nonprofit AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global veterinary community working to improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment. In March, CVM Dean Paul Lunn began a one-year term as AAVMC president and board chair.
~Jordan Bartel/NC State Veterinary Medicine