Geoffrey Talmon, MD, UNMC professor of pathology and microbiology, will receive the Varner Educator Laureate for 2020-21. Dr. Talmon, who also serves as associate dean for medical education in the UNMC College of Medicine, will be honored along with four other educators during the virtual ceremony.
The Varner Educator Laureate Award recognizes an individual with sustained achievement in education who has significantly improved the UNMC learning environment through the provision of outstanding educational experiences.
"The educational mission at UNMC is carried forward by dedicated, caring and talented educators," said Brian Boerner, MD, director of the Interprofessional Academy of Educators. "The 2020-21 Impact in Education Award winners epitomize these qualities through their outstanding efforts and achievements. We congratulate the awardees and thank them for their dedication to our learners and our institution."
Dr. Talmon said he was humbled by his selection. "One of the best parts about this award, and again, the most humbling, is that this is something for which you are nominated by your peers."
Other recipients of 2020-21 Academic Affairs Impact in Education Awards include:
- Innovative Practices in Education: Jason Langenfeld, MD, associate professor, UNMC Department of Emergency Medicine. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates ingenuity, courage and creativity in teaching including innovations in use of educational technology, experiential learning, adoption of simulation and creative use of the classroom, as well as an engaging presentation style;
- Inspirational Mentor of Educators: Linda Love, EdD, assistant professor, UNMC Department of Psychiatry; director of faculty development, UNMC Office of Academic Affairs. The award recognizes an individual who has mentored and sponsored junior faculty or trainees at the local, regional or national level including a consistent track record of fostering future educators;
- Interprofessional Education Scholar: William Hay, MD, associate professor, UNMC Department of Family Medicine; director, SHARING Clinics. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to interprofessional education locally, regionally or nationally.
- Visionary Leadership in Education: Teresa Barry Hultquist, PhD, associate professor and director of evaluation, UNMC College of Nursing. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the ability to skillfully establish or administer an educational initiative or role at UNMC or a national organization.
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