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Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education

Since 1998-1999, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional education. This honor is awarded annually to exceptional candidates nominated by their colleges in their quest to identify excellence in postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional education. In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as resources to the whole faculty.

The award is made possible through generous support of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

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2016 Award Recipients

  • Bryce A. Binstadt

    Bryce A. Binstadt
    Pediatrics
    Medical School

    A physician-scientist, Bryce Binstadt is a leading researcher and practitioner in the field of pediatric rheumatology. He excels in teaching across the span of his expertise, from basic immunology to the science and art of clinical medicine. He is also the founder of the department’s Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship program. By combining his care of patients with work in his NIH-funded laboratory, Binstadt nurtures the careers of numerous graduate and medical students, postdoctoral trainees, and clinical fellows at the University of Minnesota and across the nation. See a full profile (pdf).

  • Ann M. Burkhart

    Ann M. Burkhart
    Law School

    As a nationally recognized expert in real estate law, Ann Burkhart has taught more than 5,000 students with rigor, passion, and care. She requires students to dig deeply into the course materials and to focus on the larger context. The students are inspired by her passion for the law and for their progress, and they benefit from her generous mentoring. According to a former student, she inspires learners to “look beyond technical and legal analysis and think deeply about what is practical and equitable.” See a full profile (pdf).

  • Mary L. Chesney

    Mary L. Chesney
    School of Nursing

    Mary Chesney influences students by designing exquisite learning environments in the classroom, online, and in the community, and providing real-world “stretch” experiences. She served from 2010 to 2015 as director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, where her leadership and administrative skills are credited with driving the program’s growth and national prominence. The program is now the largest campus-based/online hybrid program in the country. Though a high-profile professional in her field, her availability to students is a remarkable constant. See a full profile (pdf).

  • Maria L. Gini

    Maria L. Gini
    Computer Science and Engineering
    College of Science and Engineering

    As a teacher and adviser, Maria Gini instills students with the excitement of advancing the state of the art in computing in general and in artificial intelligence in particular. Her new students are often surprised to discover that she employs a pair of small, fully automated robots in her classroom as exemplars of state-of-the-art robotic devices. Gini’s combination of imagination and dedication to her field has earned her an international reputation in robotics and artificial intelligence, as well as a number of honors for her teaching, including the Morse-Alumni Award in 1987. See a full profile (pdf).

  • Kristine P. Krafts

    Kristine P. Krafts
    Diagnostic and Biological Sciences
    School of Dentistry

    Kristine Krafts has perfected the art of teaching complex medical concepts with simplicity, grace, and humor. She teaches and directs the General Histology and Pathology courses at the Dental School, and the Hormonal Medicine and Hematology courses at the Duluth Campus of the Medical School. Her lectures are exciting, energetic, and entertaining. On the website she developed, pathologystudent.com, Krafts covers basic information, questions and answers, clinical cases, and unique tips for learning pathology that are illustrated clearly. Through it she not only motivates her students and facilitates learning, but reaches out to pathology students worldwide to help them learn pathology in a friendly, interactive environment. See a full profile (pdf).

  • Deniz S. Ones

    Deniz S. Ones
    Psychology
    College of Liberal Arts

    Deniz Ones is a gifted teacher and mentor, whose students benefit greatly from her collegial style of research leadership. As one of the most influential scholars in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, she embraces a collaborative mentorship style that has resulted in numerous impactful publications co-authored by her mentees. Her advisees have won every award that the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology offers to graduate students. She is considered by colleagues as one of the main reasons why, though small, the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program consistently ranks first of 54 such programs in the nation. Ones was named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 2011. See a full profile (pdf).

  • Joe Soss

    Joe Soss
    Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

    Joe Soss is an internationally acclaimed scholar of politics and society with a focus on power, public policy, inequality, and inequity. Soss has worked to open the Humphrey Institute’s educational environment to diverse theoretical and political perspectives, research methodologies, and pedagogies and, thus, to diverse students. Students describe him as willing to confront hard questions that need to be asked to improve society. He is noted for his commitment to graduate education for students in the professional master’s degree programs at the Humphrey School, as well as doctoral programs across three departments (Humphrey School, Political Science and Sociology). See a full profile (pdf).

  • Randall H. Victora

    Randall H. Victora
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    College of Science and Engineering

    With a focus on applications of physics to improve devices, Randall Victora had an extensive career in industry before switching to academics. As a faculty member in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and as director of the Minnesota Micromagnetics and Information Technology Center, he has revitalized the University’s program in magnetics while mentoring graduate students who now lead magnetics research programs across the nation and abroad. As director of graduate studies, Victora enhanced the visibility and competitiveness of graduates with innovations like customized graduate training, which raised the profile of the department and helped launch the careers of many micromagnetics professionals. See a full profile (pdf).

Previous Award Recipients

Awardee
Department
Year
Lydia Artymiw
Music
2015
Philippe Buhlmann
Chemistry
2015
John P. Campbell
Psychology
2015
Paul W. Glewwe
Applied Economics
2015
David L. Kohlstedt
Earth Sciences
2015
Shashi Shekhar
Computer Science and Engineering
2015
Diane J. Tedick
Curriculum and Instruction
2015
Ezgi Tiryaki
Neurology
2015
Sharon S. Allen
Family Medicine and Community Health
2014
Dale Carpenter
Law School
2014
Jay Coggins
Applied Economics
2014
Jigna Desai
Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
2014
Marc A. Hillmyer
Chemistry
2014
Sarah E. Hobbie
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
2014
Ned Mohan
Electrical and Computer Engineering
2014
Kevin D. Wickman
Pharmacology
2014
Jerry Cohen
Horticultural Science
2013
Ronald Hadsall
Pharmaceutical Care and Health
2013
Karen Ho
Anthropology
2013
Kevin Murphy
History
2013
Michael Osterholm
Environmental Health Sciences
2013
Keshab Parhi
Electrical & Computer Engineering
2013
Lisa Schimmenti
Pediatrics
2013
Robert Washabau
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
2013
Allen M. Goldman
Physics and Astronomy
2012
Kim K. P. Johnson
Design, Housing, and Apparel
2012
Bonnie LeRoy
Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
2012
Timothy P. Lodge
Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
2012
Jennifer L. Pierce
American Studies
2012
David Power
Family Medicine and Community Health
2012
Yoji Shimizu
Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
2012
Traci L. Toomey
Epidemiology and Community Health
2012
Melissa D. Avery
Nursing
2011
Janet M. Dubinsky
Neuroscience
2011
Edward G. Goetz
Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs
2011
Ralph W. Holzenthal
Entomology
2011
Anatoly Liberman
German, Scandinavian and Dutch
2011
Raymond M. Newman
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
2011
Margaret V. Root Kustritz
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
2011
Ann E. Van Heest
Orthopaedic Surgery
2011
Linda Bearinger
Nursing
2010
Alvin J. Beitz
Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
2010
Kang Ling James
Mathematics & Statistics, UMD
2010
Ruth Karras
History
2010
Joseph Konstan
Computer Science & Engineering
2010
Rory Remmel
Medicinal Chemistry
2010
J. Ilja Siepmann
Chemistry
2010
Robert Sorenson
Genetics, Cell Biology & Development
2010
Sally J. Kenney
Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs
2009
Jean A. King
Educational Policy & Administration
2009
Josephine Lee
English Language & Literature
2009
Helga Leitner
Geography
2009
Michael C. Rodriguez
Educational Psychology
2009
Terry L. Roe
Applied Economics
2009
Jon C. Schommer
Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
2009
Jennifer York-Barr
Educational Policy & Administration
2009
Massoud Amin
Electrical and Computer Engineering
2008
Richard C. Brundage
Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
2008
Cesare Casarino
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
2008
Douglas N. Foster
Animal Science
2008
John R. Freeman
Political Science
2008
Stephen A. Katz
Integrative Biology and Physiology
2008
John Matheson
Law School
2008
Melissa Middleton Stone
Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs
2008
Maria Damon
English
2007
John W. Day
Neurology & Pediatrics
2007
Ruth A. Lindquist
Nursing
2007
Thomas W. Molitor
Veterinary Population Medicine
2007
Bruce F. Wollenberg
Electrical & Computer Engineering
2007
Dennis Falk
Social Work, UMD
2006
Joan Garfield
Educational Psychology
2006
Wendy Hellerstedt
Epidemiology
2006
Richard Leppert
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
2006
Deborah Levison
Public Affairs
2006
Jean O'Brien
History
2006
Michel Sanders
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, & Biophysics
2006
Ragui Assaad
Public Affairs
2005
Christopher J. Cramer
Chemistry
2005
Timothy J. Ebner
Neuroscience
2005
Alex J. Lubet
Music
2005
Carl A. Osborne
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
2005
Mary Margaret Rowan
Nursing
2005
Raj G. Suryanarayanan
Pharmaceutics
2005
Gregory M. Vercellotti
Medicine
2005
Kristin E. Anderson
Epidemiology
2004
James R. Carey
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/PT
2004
Susan M. Galatowitsch
Horticultural Science
2004
Glenn Giesler
Neuroscience
2004
Mats Heimdahl
Computer Science & Engineering
2004
Cynthia Peden-McAlpine
Nursing
2004
Kathryn A. Sikkink
Political Science
2004
Madelon Sprengnether
English
2004
Francesca J. Cuthbert
Fisheries & Wildlife
2003
Sara M. Evans
History
2003
Ilene Harris
Medical School: Educational Development & Research
2003
Marc Jenkins
Microbiology
2003
Frances Lawrenz
Educational Psychology
2003
John Mowitt
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
2003
Christian Teyssier
Geology & Geophysics
2003
Donald L. Uden
Pharmacy
2003
Peter W. Carr
Chemistry
2002
Hazel Dicken-Garcia
Journalism & Mass Communication
2002
David W. Hayden
Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine
2002
Paul A. Iaizzo
Surgery
2002
Mary Jo Maynes
History
2002
James T. Pacala
Family Practice & Community Health
2002
Anthony M. Starfield
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
2002
John L. Sullivan
Political Science
2002
Ronald R. Aminzade
Sociology
2001
Kenneth Brooks
Forest Resources
2001
Edward M. Griffin
English
2001
Chap T. Le
Biostatistics
2001
Larry L. McKay
Food Science & Nutrition
2001
Patrick M. Schlievert
Microbiology
2001
Heinz G. Stefan
Civil Engineering
2001
Kathleen Watson
Medicine
2001
Raymond D. Duvall
Political Science
2000
Harold D. Grotevant
Family Social Science
2000
Wesley James Miller
Medicine
2000
Lawrence Que, Jr.
Chemistry
2000
Nelson L. Rhodus
Diagnotic & Surgical Science
2000
Elaine Tarone
Linguistics, ESL, Slavic Languages & Literatures
2000
David D. Thomas
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics
2000
Patricia McCarthy Veach
Educational Psychology
2000
Tom Clayton
English
1999
Margaret B. Davis
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
1999
Robert Hardy
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
1999
Thomas R. Hoye
Chemistry
1999
Allen Isaacman
History
1999
Thomas B. Mackenzie
Psychiatry
1999
Ephraim M. Sparrow
Mechanical Engineering
1999
Richard A. Weinberg
Institute of Child Development
1999

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