Dr. O'Dell's award recognizes an individual with sustained achievement in education who has significantly improved the UNMC learning environment through the provision of outstanding educational experiences.
"As we institute these new awards recognizing exceptional educational ability among the faculty at UNMC, I can think of few professors who more exemplify the qualities of the consummate teacher than Dr. O'Dell," said Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dele Davies, M.D.
"The selection committee of peers noted that he combines a depth of knowledge on his subject with excellent communication skills and commitment to ongoing evaluation of his teaching, as well as unparalleled educational mentorship of junior faculty. His dedication to his students was also noted as being above the grain as attested to comments by many of his students and numerous past teaching awards. For these reasons among others, I am pleased he has been chosen to be honored as UNMC's first-ever Educator Laureate."
Other recipients of 2016 Academic Affairs Impact in Education Awards include:
Innovative Practices in Education Award:
- Paul Paulman, M.D., professor in the UNMC Department of Family Medicine and '77 UNMC alum
Inspirational Mentor of Educators Award:
- Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, internal medicine and physiology; director of cardiac imaging and research
Interprofessional Education Scholar Award:
- Devin Nickol, M.D., associate professor, UNMC Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine
This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to interprofessional education locally, regionally, or nationally.
Research in Education Scholar Award:
- Gary Beck Dallaghan, Ph.D., assistant dean for medical education and director, Office of Medical Education; assistant professor, UNMC Department of Pediatrics
Valor in Educational Service Award:
- Alan Richards, M.D., adjunct associate professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Visionary Leadership in Education Award:
- Maurice Godfrey, Ph.D., professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Dave, my most sincere congratulations. A great honor!
Congratulations Dr. O'Dell ! I will tell my husband Paul that his Dr. Dave is being honored! Thank you for all you do to take care of him and all other patients and students you teach and care for!
Congrats Dave and so well deserved. You are one of the best doctors I have ever known.
Congratulations Dave, well-earned recognition of your dedication to teaching and to the well-being of our students!
Hey David, Congratulations! Outstanding recognition!
Perfect selection for this inaugural Educator Laureate award. Congrats, Dave! So honored to get to work with you over the years!
Congrats, Dave. Great to see you get the recognition you deserve. You are one of UNMC's true unsung heroes!
Congratulations Dave. Well deserved recognition of a career dedicated to teaching all learners at the highest level of excellence .