Peggy A. Weissinger, EdD, MBA

Peggy A. Weissinger, EdD, MBA, is the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership Education at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), the inaugural director of the GUMC Teaching Academy for the Health Sciences and the Associate Dean for Educational Scholarship. She additionally serves as the Co-Director for the Office of Educational Scholarship, Co-Director of the Medical Education Research Scholar Track, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She has been a Medical Education Research Facilitator for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) since 2011 and is the northeast regional director of the AAMC Leadership program.

Creating rubrics

As medical education calls for the incorporation of more alternative assessment strategies, fair and objective grading can be challenging. A rubric is an assessment that defines specific criteria to assess performance and includes specific descriptions of observed performance categorized by level. A rubric is used for grading a large variety of assignments and tasks. This professional development byte will focus on creating grading for messy assignments.

At the end of the professional development byte, you will be able to:

  • Define what a rubric is
  • Describe the specific ways faculty members can utilize rubrics
  • Explain how a rubric can help students

Watch this professional development byte:


  1. Allen D., Tanner K., Rubrics: Tools For Making Learning Goals and Evaluation Criteria Explicit for Both Teachers and Learners. CBE LifeSciEduc, 2006, 5(3):197-203.
  2. Advanced learning technologies, University of Kansas. Rubistar, 2006.
  3. Boateng B.A., Bass L.D., Blaszak R.T., Farrar H.C. The Development of a Competency-Based Rubric to Measure Resident Milestones. JGME, 2009, 1(1):45-48.
  4. Moskal B.M. Scoring Rubrics, Part I: What and When.
  5. Moskal B.M. Developing Classroom Performance Assessments and Scoring Rubrics, Part II
  6. Stevens D.D., Levi A.J. Introduction to Rubrics. Sterling, VA. Stylus Publishing, 2005.

Dr. Weissinger has disclosed she has no relevant financial relationships.