Master Teacher Guild
Guilds and the Academic Tradition
Modern Western academic tradition owes much of its origin to the same conditions from which trade and professional guilds developed in the Middle Ages. The early evolution of both groups was so similar, in fact, that many of the terms and formal regalia of guilds and academia today are nearly identical. Guilds developed as a way of ensuring the advancement of arts, crafts and trades as well as developing the skills of those who practiced them. Some of the earliest secular colleges in Europe, in fact, are believed to be outgrowths of guilds of teachers. It is highly appropriate, therefore, that an organization to promote teaching at Northeast Ohio Medical Univeristy be organized as a guild.