Allied health’s Dr. Becker named Distinguished Educator

Betsy Becker, DPT, PhD

Betsy Becker, DPT, PhD

Betsy Becker, DPT, PhD, chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and program director of physical therapy in the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions, has been named Distinguished Educator by UNMC’s Interprofessional Academy of Educators.

It is the academy’s highest honor, awarded to a faculty member who consistently demonstrates excellence in teaching and peer mentoring to promote the development of the next generation of effective and innovative teachers.

Dr. Becker is the first individual to receive the Distinguished Educator designation.

She will receive the honor at the IAE’s Spotlight on Scholarship event, scheduled for today (March 28) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Durham Research Center auditorium.

“I am honored to be selected as the inaugural IAE Distinguished Educator,” Dr. Becker said. “I am committed to teaching the next generation of health care professionals and continuing mentorship of faculty, graduate and professional students.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the students whose feedback has guided my growth and to the faculty and staff members with whom I’ve had the privilege to learn from and collaborate, as their support has been invaluable.”

The Distinguished Educator is not merely a one-time honor but an active designation, according to the IAE. Distinguished Educators are required to engage in at least three teaching or mentoring activities per year and complete a renewal process every five years to maintain the designation.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Becker is the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Educator designation, as she truly embodies our educational mission,” said Dele Davies, MD, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean for graduate studies. “This honor is different, because it is given not just for recognition of Dr. Becker’s teaching excellence, but also because it involves a commitment on Dr. Becker’s part to become a mentor to future generations of faculty who will continue the tradition of teaching excellence at UNMC.”

Dr. Becker said she loved that part of the award.

Nominators noted that Dr. Becker’s career is marked by innovative teaching methodologies and research in educational technology, instructional development and curricular design. Committed to advising and mentorship, she guides students and faculty toward excellence, fostering effective professional networks.

“Dr. Becker’s passion for teaching, constant innovation both in and out of the classroom — particularly through her experience in digital learning — and unwavering dedication to mentoring fellow faculty and students make her a true asset to our academic community,” Dr. Davies said.

Dean Kyle Meyer, PhD, said this is a proud moment for the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions.

“Dr. Becker’s influence extends beyond UNMC, evidenced by her contribution at both state and national levels, advancing educational initiatives and policies,” he said. “Her strategic guidance fosters collaborative learning environments, enhancing student experiences and promoting faculty development across UNMC’s Kearney and Omaha campuses.”

The IAE is comprised of more than 200 faculty, staff and learners across Nebraska, with members from all five campuses, seven colleges and three partner organizations. Their mission is to cultivate a community ​across professions that connects educators with like interests to drive collaboration, innovation and scholarship. Due to the competitive nature and prestige of the award, no more than two individuals will be named Distinguished Educators each application cycle.


  1. Analisa McMillan says:


  2. Marcela Williams says:

    Congratulations on your achievement, Dr. Becker! The PT program is very proud!

  3. Laura Bilek says:

    Congratulations, Betsy!!

  4. Nikki Carritt says:

    Congratulations, Betsy! Recognition well-deserved.

  5. Jana Wardian says:

    Congratulations! We are grateful for your continued contributions to our faculty and students.

  6. Linda Love says:

    Amazing recognition of excellence, Dr. Becker and College of Allied Health Professions! Your commitment to the entire UNMC educator community has been noteworthy. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  7. Karen Honeycutt says:

    Congratulations Betsy! Well deserved. It is always a pleasure to work with you.

  8. Peggy Moore says:

    Congratulations Betsy! It’s great to see you recognized for your contributions at UNMC and beyond.

  9. Mary Haven says:

    Congratulations Dr. Becker! I am so pleased that you have been recognized for your expertise.

  10. Rich Watson says:

    So awesome. Congratulations Dr. Becker.

  11. Anne Lawlor says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved award, Dr. Becker! We are so fortunate to have you in the CAHP!

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