Geoffrey Talmon, MD, named Varner Educator Laureate

Geoffrey Talmon, MD, professor of pathology and microbiology, was been named the Varner Educator Laureate for 2020-21.

Dr. Talmon, who also is associate dean for medical education in the UNMC College of Medicine, will be honored along with four other educators at a virtual ceremony on March 3.

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 for me, and again, the most humbling, is that this is something for which you are nominated by your peers,” he said.

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

This 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

This 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

This 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

This 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.


  1. Teri Hartman says:

    Congratulations Dr. Talmon, Dr. Langenfeld, Dr. Love, Dr. Hay, and Dr. Barry Hultquist! Your inspirational teaching and leadership continue to lead UNMC to greatness!

  2. Tanya Custer says:

    Congratulations Goeff – very well deserved!

  3. Catherine Mello says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Talmon! Well-deserved!

  4. Beau Konigsberg, MD says:

    Congrats Geoff! Well deserved.

  5. Dr. Sheritta Strong says:

    Congratulations, Geoff! Well deserved!

  6. Dr. Sheritta Strong says:

    And congratulations to all of the other award recipients!!! Great job folks!

  7. Merry Lindsey PhD says:

    Congrats all!

  8. Jessica Tschirren says:

    Congratulations to all! Great work!

  9. Scott Campbell says:

    Well done, Geoff!

  10. James Newland says:

    Congrats, Geoff!

  11. Audrey paulman says:

    Congratulations, all.

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  13. Tom O’Connor says:

    Kudos to all the honorees. A special salute to Dr. Talmon, who has won about every possible teaching award at UNMC. There’s nobody more deserving of this recognition..

  14. Amar Singh says:

    Congrats Geoff. Well Deserved.

  15. Krishna Gundabolu says:

    Congratulations Geoff!

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