About the award
The university-wide President's Faculty Excellence Awards recognize faculty whose work has had a significant impact on students, the university and the state.
The IDEA Award recognizes faculty members who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the university in ways that have enriched the broader community.
Winners -- who are selected by a university-wide committee of faculty members and, in the case of the engagement award, community members -- receive $10,000 each, a presidential medallion and an engraved plaque. Awards will be presented at a luncheon hosted by Dr. Bounds this spring.
"The University of Nebraska is one of the most important drivers of our state's economic competitiveness and quality of life. Our faculty, who are among the nation's leaders in what they do, deserve a great deal of the credit," Dr. Bounds said. "These faculty carry out our missions of teaching, research and service on a daily basis. I'm honored to serve among such dedicated and talented colleagues and to lift up their work to the university community and all Nebraskans."
UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., praised Dr. Evans for his work in expanding behavioral health care throughout the state of Nebraska.
"Part of UNMC's mission is improving the health of the people of Nebraska," Dr. Gold said. "In the face of a nationwide shortage of behavioral health professionals, Dr. Evans has developed innovative and effective methods to try to address behavioral health provider shortages in many areas of our state. He has indeed enriched the broader community with his efforts."
A program innovator, Dr. Evans developed the pediatric integrated behavioral health in primary care model at UNMC that has been extended to 42 integrated care programs in Nebraska and numerous other states. Children, adolescents and families from more than 225 cities, towns and villages have been provided behavioral health services thanks to the program Dr. Evans developed.
Dr. Evans was also instrumental in establishing the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute doctoral program in applied behavior analysis, and the MMI Autism Care for Toddlers program. He has been the recipient of more than $19 million in federal and state grants and contracts.
Dr. Evans is committed to improving access to behavioral health for underserved rural and inner-city residents and has been widely recognized for his work in improving the quantity and quality of the behavioral health workforce.
"Dr. Evans' impact on MMI has been enormous," said MMI Director Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D. "But his impact on the people we serve has been even greater. His work both at MMI and BHECN has widened UNMC's positive impact on behavioral health care needs across the entire state, and the approaches he created serve as a national model of delivering behavioral health care for rural communities."
Congratulations Joe !! An awesome career ~ job well done!!
Congratulations, Joe! Well deserved. I’m so proud to call you my mentor and good friend.
Absolutely well deserved. Congratulations Joe!
My Wonderful husband!
So proud of all the wonderful work my brother has accomplished! Your family congratulates you and says, "job well done!" Betty Anderson and family
So very proud of my big brother...congrats Joe...
Congratulations, Joe, on the well deserved recognition.
Joe, congrats. You are most deserving of this award as well as being a very inspiring and collaborative individual who values people. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you over the years. You are one of those folks who ......"You Say ...You Do". Keith Swarts
Strong work Joe congratulations and well deserved. Wayne R. Houston
Congratulation Joe - an honor well deserved. Thank you for supporting all of the rural areas.
Well deserved and well done Joe. You have been a wonderful innovator!
Kudos to Joe on this awesome award! Love to see one of our true nice people receive an award like this. Way to go, Joe!
Well deserved!! Congratulations!!!
Congratulations Dr. Evans! A great leader in your field and a nice guy!
Congratulations, Joe, on outstanding and innovative programs, and on your award. Hal Maurer