Educational Recognition Awards prominence value among UMMS faculty


Jonassen awarded initial Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Distinguished expertise member Julie A. Jonassen, PhD, is a initial UMass Medical School target of a newly determined Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching, interjection to a munificence of UMass Trustee Robert Manning and his wife, Donna.

The endowment honors one superb expertise member with well-developed skills during any of a 5 University of Massachusetts campuses. At UMMS, a Manning Prize will be awarded parallel to a recipients of a Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. Jonassen, highbrow of microbiology physiological systems and a obligatory medalist for eminent teaching, was presented with a respect on Apr 26 during a annual Educational Recognition Awards. The 2016 Manning Prize will be presented to a Chancellor’s medalist during Convocation in September.

This rival esteem is presented to expertise members who denote value in training along with model loyalty to students and a campus community. The esteem carries a $10,000 stipend. The Manning Prize will be presented annually for 3 years. If successful, a esteem will be enclosed and turn a permanent endowment for a University of Massachusetts.

Twenty-nine people who have done poignant contributions to UMass Medical School were reputable on Apr 26 during a 18th annual Educational Recognition Awards ceremony.

The deans and students of a Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Medicine singled out well-developed expertise for their value in teaching, investigate and service. (See a full list of awardees below.)

Chancellor Michael F. Collins combined to a regard by noticing a recipients’ unselfish loyalty to their students and a university during a rite hold in a Albert Sherman Center auditorium.

Additionally, Chancellor Collins introduced a new Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, an endowment to be given annually to a expertise member holding a arrange of associate or full highbrow who exemplifies a purpose of and demonstrates a qualities compared with an superb mentor. Celia A. Schiffer, PhD, highbrow of biochemistry molecular pharmacology, was named a initial recipient. Collins pronounced Dr. Schiffer’s joining to mentoring has no range and that her present has always been a empowerment of her mentees so that they can comprehend their potential. Through her work as a rarely eminent researcher, reputable colleague, rarely regarded co-operator and sought-after mentor, Schiffer has contributed to a impetus and vibrancy of a institution, Collins said.

As is tradition, Julie A. Jonassen, PhD, a target of a Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching, awarded during Convocation 2015, was invited to share difference of believe with her peers and students in a Last Lecture. During an enchanting speak that enclosed personal reflections on her career, preparation and new believe being a patient, Dr. Jonassen, highbrow of microbiology physiological systems, speedy people to welcome serendipitous experiences. She common her possess stories of how happy coincidences led to her successful career as a medical educator.

She also spoke of her “staunch faith that elementary scholarship is essential to a preparation and use of medicine.”

“It always done clarity to me that doctors need to know a basement of tellurian health and development,” pronounced Jonassen. She likened apropos smooth in elementary sciences to mastering a denunciation of medicine and pronounced separating a sciences from any other or from a clinical context does a harm to learners and, ultimately, to patients. 

“The fortify of a systematic process helps physicians to reason by formidable cases,” she said. As an example, Jonassen drew from personal believe as a studious with a condition that compulsory her physicians to request their believe of elementary scholarship to successfully establish a best march of treatment.

She concurred a notice by some students and medical preparation expertise that “basic sciences are a hurdle, and not a foundation, has constructed a certain animus toward this apportionment of medical training.” For this reason, elementary scholarship lessons contingency incorporate clinical stories so they are some-more expected to ring with middle students, she said. Offering greater, some-more opposite opportunities for active training in a lab and small-group sessions, and fewer preclinical lectures competence urge a believe and daunt a perception.

To underscore her belief, Jonassen retold a myth of 3 princes from Serendip that illustrates how a three, with opposite backgrounds and educational experiences, were prepared to work together as a group to solve variable problems.

From a story, Jonassen asked that people remember these elementary and critical lessons: “Never stop learning, observe carefully, work as a group and be open to serendipity.”

2016 Educational Recognition Awards

Graduate School of Nursing

  • Dean’s Award: Nancy Morris, PhD, ANP-BC
  • Distinguished Faculty Award:
    Master’s—Elizabeth Keating, MS, APRN, NP-C
    Doctoral—Carol Bova, PhD, RN, ANP

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Dean’s Award:
    Core Course Founders
    —Michael P. Czech, PhD; Michael R. Green, MD, PhD; Reid Gilmore, PhD; and Allan S. Jacobson, PhD
    Current Core Course Facilitators—Job Dekker, PhD; Thomas Fazzio, PhD; Reid Gilmore, PhD; Paul Kaufman, PhD; David Lambright, PhD; Dannel McCollum, PhD; Mary Munson, PhD; and Peter M. Pryciak, PhD
  • Faculty Award:
    Contribution to curricular development—Megan Corty, PhD; Jaeda Coutinho-Budd, PhD; and Timothy P. Hogan, PhD
    Mentoring and tyro veteran advancement—Shruti Sharma, PhD
    Trainee mentoring—Brendan Hilbert, PhD. Outstanding contributions to lecture—Robert J. Goldberg, PhD

School of Medicine

  • Dean’s Award, Lamar Soutter Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education: Mary Hawthorne, MD
  • Educational Achievement (Star) Award:
    Outstanding achievements in medical tyro education—Anne M. Gilroy, MA
    Capstone Course Leaders—Colleen Burnham, MBA; Melissa A. Fischer, MD, MEd; Rachel M. Gerstein, PhD; Steven C. Hatch, MD; and Carolina Ionete, MD, PhD
  • Retired Faculty Teaching Award: Joshua J. Singer, PhD

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Chancellor Collins: ‘We are a commonwealth’s medical school’

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