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2023 TEACH Awards

Innovative Teaching Award

Charles E. "Bud" Conklin Jr., DDS
Dentistry

The Innovative Teaching Award recognizes the use of new teaching strategies or the implementation of existing strategies in new ways to enhance learning. Innovative teaching encompasses teaching students from diverse learning backgrounds, a passion and enthusiasm for meaningful teaching, application of teaching technologies, and creativity in engaging students.

Photo of Mariah Rudd and Charles E. "Bud" Conklin Jr., DDS receiving the Innovative Teaching Award

Photo of Mariah Rudd and Charles E. "Bud" Conklin Jr., DDS receiving the Innovative Teaching Award

Photo of Mariah Rudd, Kimberly P. Simcox, DO, Natalie E. Karp, MD, and Jaclyn D. Nunziato, MD receiving the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

Photo of Mariah Rudd, Kimberly P. Simcox, DO, Natalie E. Karp, MD, and Jaclyn D. Nunziato, MD receiving the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Award

Kimberly P. Simcox, DO
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Natalie E. Karp, MD
Urogynecology
Jaclyn D. Nunziato, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award recognizes outstanding achievements in research, scholarly activity, and creative accomplishments that focus on the effectiveness of teaching methods. Recipients will embody the Environment of Inquiry related to teaching by systematically investigating questions associated with learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes.

Feedback Award

Carl S. Henderson, DO
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

The Feedback Award recognizes the skill of effectively incorporating feedback into daily routines that focus on specific behaviors, assess performance, guide reflection, promote expertise, and identify a learner’s readiness to change. 

Photo of Mariah Rudd and Charles E. "Bud" Conklin Jr., DDS receiving the Innovative Teaching Award

Photo of Mariah Rudd and Carl S. Henderson, DO receiving the Feedback Award

Excellence in Feedback involves key principles of “Good Feedback” which include aligning goals, feedback that is well-timed, regulating and limiting feedback to remediable behavior, and maintaining a focus on specific performance, decisions and actions.  Recipients will have provided invaluable and supportive academic feedback, in both content and delivery method, which helps others to develop and excel in their work.  Nominees for this award should utilize feedback as an integral part of the daily partnership between the learner and teacher and deliver both timely and constructive feedback allowing for improvements before the next assessment.

Photo of Mariah Rudd and Charles E. "Bud" Conklin Jr., DDS receiving the Innovative Teaching Award

Photo of Mariah Rudd, Rebecca R. Pauly, MD receiving the Educator Mentorship Award.

Educator Mentorship Award

Rebecca R. Pauly, MD
Vice Dean, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The Educator Mentorship Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in counseling and guidance towards another’s teaching practice and/or educational research. Mentorship is a long-term commitment to the education and advancement of learners and/or faculty at VTCSOM and RUC.

Rising Star Award

Rachel Altizer, BSN, RN, CCRN
Center for Simulation, Research, & Patient Safety

The Rising Star award recognizes emerging leaders in health professions education whose teaching experience demonstrates ongoing and promising growth in contribution to teaching and increased levels of teaching leadership and responsibility. 

Photo of Mariah Rudd and Charles E. "Bud" Conklin Jr., DDS receiving the Innovative Teaching Award

Photo of Mariah Rudd, Rachel Altizer, BSN, RN, CCRN receiving the Rising Star Award

Recipients of this award have at least one year of teaching experience and are in no more than their fifth year of continuous service as a faculty member. This award is intended to acknowledge faculty members who show extraordinary potential at the beginning of their academic careers.

Photo of Mariah Rudd and Charles E. "Bud" Conklin Jr., DDS receiving the Innovative Teaching Award

Photo of Mariah Rudd, Natalie E. Karp, MD Sarah Henrickson Parker, PhD Jed Gonzalo, MD, MSc Brock Mutcheson, PhD, MEd David Musick, PhD receiving  the TEACH Award of Distinction
(In order as pictured) Natalie E. Karp, MD; Sarah Henrickson Parker, PhD; Jed Gonzalo, MD, MSc; Brock Mutcheson, PhD, MEd; David Musick, PhD (Not pictured) Jacob Grohs, PhD; Andrew Katz, PhD; Heidi Lane, EdD (Also Pictured) Aubrey Knight, MD; Mariah Rudd, MEd - TEACH Awards and Recognition subcommittee co-chairs

TEACH Award of Distinction
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

AMA Stemmler Fund Grant Team
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine & Virginia Tech Department of Engineering Education

Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in unique nominations that do not perfectly align with our other award criteria but certainly deserve recognition. Therefore, this year our Awards & Recognition subcommittee decided that we would designate a new award category: the TEACH Award of Distinction. This year’s Award of Distinction was nominated under the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning category.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award recognizes outstanding achievements in research, scholarly activity, and creative accomplishments that focus on the effectiveness of teaching methods. Recipients will embody the Environment of Inquiry related to teaching by systematically investigating questions associated with learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes.

*Photography by Ryan Anderson, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine