Andy Hyland
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Ten faculty members earn awards for excellence in teaching

Wed, 08/01/2018

LAWRENCE — Ten faculty members at the University of Kansas will receive distinguished teaching awards Aug. 16 at the KU Teaching Summit.

“The recipients of these awards have demonstrated an outstanding capability to help our students reach their full potential,” said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. “Through their exceptional teaching, they have earned the esteem of their students and their peers. They should be deservedly proud of their contribution to the important work of our university.”

Five faculty members at KU Medical Center will receive Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, selected by a committee of faculty and students. The awards recognize a demonstrated teaching ability of a clearly superlative nature.

The five recipients of these awards:

  • Leigh Eck, associate professor of internal medicine
  • Mark Meyer, professor of family medicine
  • Jill Peltzer, assistant professor of nursing
  • Catherine Satterwhite, associate professor of preventive medicine and public health
  • Thomas Yankee, associate professor of microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology, who will receive the award posthumously

In addition, Suman Mallik, associate professor of business, will receive the Byron T. Shutz Award. Established in 1978, the award alternates between recognizing excellent teaching in business and economics in even-numbered years and outstanding teaching in any discipline in odd-numbered years.

Mark Mort, associate professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, will receive the Ned N. Fleming Trust Award. This award, established in 1990, recognizes outstanding teaching. Faculty members who have not previously received a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award are eligible for nomination.

This year’s ceremony will also feature a new award. The Bob & Kathie Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award will be the first university teaching award that recognizes nontenure track faculty. This year’s recipients are Anne Patterson, lecturer of architecture; Pamela Keller, clinical professor of law, and Susan Marshall, lecturer of psychology.

The KU Teaching Summit takes place each August and is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of the Provost and KU Medical Center. The conference is designed for faculty and instructional staff members from the Lawrence, Edwards and KU Medical Center campuses. Those interested in registering to attend may do so online or by contacting the Center for Teaching Excellence at 864-4199 or The deadline to register is Aug. 9.

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