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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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Graduate Professional Award Recipients

2014 Award Recipients

Sharon S. Allen, Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School

Sharon Allen, MD, PhD is recognized for 32 years of medical student education, advising and involvement of students in research, scholarship and professional development. In addition, she has served as a mentor and role model for faculty research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Her outstanding scholarship has played a significant role in the department’s consistent ranking among the top ten National Institutes of Health-funded family medicine departments.

 

 

 

Dale Carpenter, Law School

Dale Carpenter is one of the most demanding and highly regarded professors at the Law School. Dale’s teaching evaluations are exceptionally strong because students learn a lot in his classes and they enjoy learning in his classes. Dale is also an exceptionally rigorous teacher, insisting that all of his students apply maximum effort, come to class prepared and contribute to class discussions. Finally, Dale has inspired many students to embark upon their lives in public service working for civil rights and other important causes.

 

 

 

Jay Coggins, Applied Economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Dr. Jay Coggins has been central to the success of the Applied Economics Graduate Program. He teaches foundational courses in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, while also offering topical courses in his areas of expertise. He has been an outstanding teacher and mentor to students. Most importantly, Jay was instrumental in the expansion of the Applied Economics Graduate Program to a more collaborative program spanning four different programs in four colleges.

 

 

 

Jigna Desai, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Professor Jigna Desai’s scholarly achievements are marked by exceptional mentorship of students, commitment to collaborative projects and innovations to pedagogy and to graduate education. Professor Desai’s creative and impassioned teaching has both trained a generation of cutting-edge scholars reflective about their pedagogy and knowledge production, and has transformed the very curricula of her department. She is renowned across campus and indeed in campuses across the country for the quality of her advising, the productive synergies between her research and her pedagogy, and the commitment to critical inquiry and institutional change.

 

 

Marc A. Hillmyer, Chemistry, College of Biological Sciences

Professor Marc A. Hillmyer is recognized for his outstanding contributions to graduate education in the fields of chemistry and polymer science. His infectious passion for science has made a positive and lasting impact on his numerous advisees. His prolific scientific accomplishments and versatile abilities as a research advisor have distinguished him as an outstanding mentor of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. He has also made important and meaningful contributions to graduate education in his leadership role as a center director and in the classroom.

 

 

Sarah E. Hobbie, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior,College of Biological Sciences

Dr. Hobbie enriches and advances University graduate education. She is an active mentor to and advocate of graduate students – her excellence in mentoring have been recognized by graduate program and University-wide awards. Furthermore, as Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Hobbie proactively improves graduate education in program, College, and University settings. Finally, Dr. Hobbie has elevated the discourse on classroom instruction of writing through her participation and leadership in the Writing Enriched Curriculum program.

 

 

Ned Mohan, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Professor Mohan excels in all aspects of Electric Energy Education that make him a complete package: excelling in instruction, mentoring his graduate students and developing instructional material. His five textbooks translated into seven languages have contributed to the education of tens of thousands nationally and internationally. His contributions stretching over 38 years are truly groundbreaking, bringing enormous prestige to the University of Minnesota and establishing it as an unquestionable worldwide-leader in Professor Mohan’s field.

 

 

Kevin D. Wickman, Pharmacology, Medical School

Dr. Kevin Wickman, Professor of Pharmacology, is an award-winning lecturer and course director in the Medical School. Dr. Wickman also directs a well-regarded research program that has served as a platform for mentoring graduate and professional students in biomedical research. His sustained commitment to student learning, program development, research mentorship, and service over the last 15 years is both outstanding and unique, and has greatly improved the training of our future health professionals and scientists.

 

 

 

Previous Award Recipients

Awardee
Department
Date
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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