Nominations open for Impact in Education Awards

by Megan Blusys, academic affairs | September 30, 2021

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Nominations are now being accepted for the UNMC Impact in Education Awards, the highest education-related awards conferred by the university.

The awards recognize the dedication and ingenuity of UNMC educators. The top award is the Varner Educator Laureate, which recognizes an individual with sustained achievement in education who has significantly improved the UNMC learning environment. Other award categories include emerging educator, innovation, leadership, mentorship, service, interprofessional education and research.

The Emerging Educator Award, which recognizes an emerging health science educator who demonstrates excellence, dedication and perseverance in teaching and education early in their career, is new this year.

"We felt it was particularly important to honor educators who are new in their career but have already made an overwhelming impact on students," said Dele Davies, MD, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. "The new Emerging Educator Award, along with the other seven peer-reviewed awards, is just one way we can honor the great contributions faculty make in enabling UNMC to be the most learner-focused health science center in the nation."

Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 18; the nomination form takes less than two minutes to complete. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominees will have until Nov. 18 to complete their nomination materials.

Recipients receive award funds, recognition at the annual award ceremony to be held March 3, 2022, and their name displayed on a plaque in the academic affairs office.

Visit the UNMC Impact in Education Awards website for more information, including award criteria, or email the Interprofessional Academy of Educators.

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