Becoming an Academy Scholar
The Academy for Scholarship in Education (ASE) seeks to recognize faculty who make significant contributions to the areas of Teaching and Evaluation, Educational Research, Educational Leadership, or the Development of Enduring Educational Materials. Academy Scholars contribute to the field of medical education, assisting both SIU School of Medicine and the Medical Education community at large. Faculty may become Scholars in one, more than one, or all of the four areas listed above.
Who is Eligible?
All faculty and adjunct faculty at SIU who are working to improve medical education at SIU and beyond are eligible to apply to become an Academy Scholar.
Why Do It?
Academy Scholars receive a five year membership, which entitles them to the following benefits:
- Money to attend educational conferences and/or workshops
- Individualized assistance with promotion and tenure
- Individualized assistance with research and teaching projects
- Recognition in Aspects magazine
- Members-only workshops
- Members-only networking opportunities
- A prestigious line on your CV
- A certificate suitable for framing
Criteria to become an Academy Scholar
Below are links referring to the criteria for each of the four areas.You can download the application materials, and review sample applications (minus appendices).
Upon completion of application requirements, forward your application and attachments to:
SIU School of Medicine
Department of Medical Education
PO Box 19681
Springfield, IL 62794-9681
Since the Academy began, 10 faculty members have made it through the intensive review to achieve Scholar status. The five-year designation gives Scholars access to funds to attend educational conferences and receive assistance with promotion, tenure, research, and teaching projects.
The Academy also formally recognizes and rewards exceptional teaching. Each year, Excellence in Teaching Awards are given to faculty who demonstate exceptional skill and commitment.
Academy Scholars 2012
Keith R. Gabriel, M.D. has joined the faculty at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as associate professor of pediatric orthopaedic surgery. He has clinical interests in the musculoskeletal care of children, especially spinal deformities, neurofibromatosis and deformity corrections using external fixators.
Prior to joining SIU, Gabriel was an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota (1999-2002) and served as assistant chief of staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Minneapolis. Previously he was on the faculty at St. Louis University Medical Center and directed the pediatric orthopaedics and physical therapy department at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis (1989-99).
Gabriel served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation and a general medical officer (1978-80) and orthopaedic and pediatric orthopaedic surgeon (1984-89). During this active duty, he was on the surgery and pediatrics faculty at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda (1987-89). He currently serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Gabriel earned his bachelor's from University of Illinois in Champaign (1974) and his medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago (1977). He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif. (1984) and pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio (1986-87).
Gabriel is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. His memberships include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Academy Scholars 2011
Careyana Brenham, M.D. joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2003. She is an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine. She is also the Assistant Residency Director for SIU’s Family Medicine residency program. She has since been promoted to Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine.
Dr. Brenham completed a faculty development program fellowship and her family practice residency at SIU (2004, 2003). She earned her medical degree from SIU (2000) and her bachelor’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1996).
She is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Her memberships include the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Society of Cervical Cancer and Pathology and the American Medical Association. Her special interests are in child abuse and she serves as the medical examiner for the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center.
James S. Ferraro, Ph.D. joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University in 1987 as a Research Assistant Professor. He has since been promoted to Associate Professor.
Our research has focused on the physiological, behavioral, and reproductive aspects of circadian rhythmicity. Investigations examined the mechanism of entrainment and the biological clock’s affect on reproduction (NIH). Other investigations into the clock’s endogenous nature were conducted in space (NASA). More recently, time commitments have shifted toward teaching, including: PHSL310 Principles of Physiology; PHSL320 Reproduction and Sexuality; PHSL 450 Advanced Human Sexuality; PHSL470 Biological Clocks; physiology undergraduate advisor; and tutoring in the medical curricula. In what time remains, my current research interests have shifted toward human relationships, mate selection and sexuality, which hopefully one day will culminate in book form.
Fritz E. Lower, M.D., a member of Pathology Associates of Central Illinois, LTD, became clinical faculty at SIU School of Medicine Springfield in January 2002 as a Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology. In addition to teaching at the school of medicine, Dr. Lower serves on several curriculum committees, serves as Co-Director of the Cardiovascular, Renal, and Respiratory (CRR) unit in the second year curriculum, and is a member of the SIU School of Medicine Alumni Society Board of Governors. Dr. Lower’s clinical responsibilities include Renal and Transplant Pathology and Director of the Immunology, Molecular, and Transplant Laboratories in Memorial Medical Center. He also serves as Assistant Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at Memorial Medical Center and Assistant Medical Director of the Memorial Medical Center Clinical Laboratories.
Dr. Lower received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Microbiology from SIU Carbondale and his M.D. degree from SIU School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and a Fellowship in Immunopathology at University of Florida College of Medicine and affiliated hospitals in Gainesville Florida and is board certified in these areas. Prior to 2002, Dr. Lower was on the faculty at University of Kentucky in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor where he served as Director of Transplant Pathology and Co-Director of the Immuno-Molecular Laboratory.
Erica Nelson, M.D. joined the faculty at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield as an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.She has since been promoted to Associate Professor. She also has been named director for the general obstetrics and gynecology division.
She comes to the School from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, where she was an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also was a consulting physician in the obstetrics and gynecology department at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Dr. Nelson completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology (1995) and an internship in general surgery (1991) at the Oregon Health Sciences University affiliated hospitals in Portland. She earned her medical degree at the University of Vermont in Burlington (1990). She earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Pomona College in Claremont, Cal. (1985), and completed a research fellowship in dermatology at the University of Southern California (1986).
She is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Eric Niederhoffer, Ph.D. was born in Queens, NY. His education includes Stuyvesant High School (1975), the University of Rochester (1979) with degrees in Chemistry (B.S.) and History (B.A.), Texas A&M University (1983) with a doctorate in Chemistry, and post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983-1985) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (1985-1990).
He joined SIU at Carbondale (School of Medicine) in 1990 and is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 1998, Dr. Niederhoffer participated in the International Conference on Innovations in Medical Education for the 21st Century at the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo (UNT), Peru and followed this with a five-month teaching experience as a Fulbright Scholar (appointed Honorary Professor) at UNT in 2000. He has participated in the undergraduate and graduate programs at SIU-SOM; he has been a tutor, unit coordinator, and biochemistry discipline coordinator for Curriculum 2000 and the program coordinator for the Mentored Professional Enrichment Experience. Curriculum design and development and the use of technology have been the focus of his teaching activities and professional development.
He conducted research activities on the role of toxic metal ions in methane-producing bacteria and the role of metal ions in swarming cell differentiation of and superoxide dismutase production by the kidney pathogens Proteus mirabilis and Proteus vulgaris. Dr. Niederhoffer has provided a combination of 56 presentations and invited talks on his research and teaching activities, including 24 peer-reviewed publications and two book reviews. He has been a member of USMLE Step 1 Pharmacology and Biochemistry Test Material Development Committee.
Academy Scholar 2010
Gary L. Dunnington, M.D. has been named chairman of surgery at SIU School of Medicine.
Dr. Dunnington joined SIU in 1997 as professor of surgery and chair of the general surgery division. With clinical expertise in surgical oncology focusing on breast disease, he founded the Breast Center at SIU in 1998. He serves as director of this multidisciplinary breast cancer team, which focuses on comprehensive, research-based, patient-centered care for patients with breast problems.
Dr. Dunnington is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American Colleges of Surgeons. He is a member of the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) and its foundation board, the Association for Academic Surgery as well as the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, the Society for the Study of Breast Disease, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.
His research interests include surgical education and breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. He has published more than 60 books, book chapters, articles and abstracts.
Academy Scholars 2009
Ronald A. Browning, Ph.D., joined the faculty in Physiology at SIU School of Medicine in 1973. He is currently Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology.
Dr. Browning’s research is directed at gaining a better understanding of the brain regions responsible for seizure initiation and spread as well as the role of monoamine neurotransmitters in regulating seizure initiation and spread. He has also worked extensively on elucidating the mechanism by which vagus nerve stimulation suppresses epileptic seizures, improves memory and enhances recovery after brain injury. He is a co-holder of a patent on vagus nerve stimulation and recovery of brain function after injury. Dr. Browning has authored more than 60 journal articles and 15 book chapters/review articles. He is also heavily involved in teaching first year medical students, graduate students and undergraduate students on the Carbondale campus.
Donald M. Caspary, Ph.D., joined the faculty in Pharmacology at SIU School of Medicine in 1972. He is currently Professor of Pharmacology and a SIU Distinguished Scholar.
His research is focused on age-related hearing loss, central sensory plasticity and tinnitus, and sensory pharmacology, anatomy, physiology and neurochemistry. He has served as principal investigator on more than 30 research grants funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders, American Tinnitus Association, the National Institute on Aging and the Deafness Research Foundation. He is the author of more than 70 journal articles and 15 book chapters.
Susan T. Hingle, M.D., FACP joined the faculty at SIU School of Medicine in 1998. She is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and serves as clerkship director and associate residency program director.
Dr. Hingle is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She received the Walter J. McDonald Award for Young Physicians from the American College of Physicians (2006). Dr. Hingle is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Women’s Association, the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Her special clinical interests are women’s health and preventive medicine.
Christine Y. Todd, M.D., joined the faculty at SIU School of Medicine in 2000. She is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and works as a hospitalist.
Dr. Todd completed a residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio (1997). She earned her medical degree at SIU (1993) and her bachelor’s at the University of Chicago (1989).
Todd is board certified in internal medicine. She is a member of the Society for General Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Society for Hospital Medicine and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Her clinical interest is in acutely ill, hospitalized patients, and her primary research interest is the field of evidence based medicine.
Academy Scholars 2008
Amy C. Arai, Ph.D., joined the faculty at SIU School of Medicine in 1999. She is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology.
Dr. Arai earned her doctoral, master’s and bachelor's degrees at Chiba University in Chiba, Japan (1987, 1984, 1982). She was a postdoctoral fellow at UCI (1989-91).
She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and she is currently a president of the Sangamon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Dr. Arai has published more than 50 journal articles. Her research interests include the way proteins called TARPs affect brain receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate, how drugs can be used to enhance communication between nerurons, and the study of kisspeptin, a brain neuropeptide.
David A. Rogers, M.D., MHPE, is a Professor of Surgery at SIU School of Medicine. His specialty is pediatric general surgery.
Previously, he was on the surgery faculty at Medical College of Georgia (MCG), August, GA (1990-91 and 1994-00).
Rogers earned his bachelor's and medical degrees at University of South Florida inTampa (1980, 1984). He completed his surgery residency, including a year as a surgery research fellow, at the MCG (1990), a one-year pediatric surgical oncology fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis (1992) and two years of a pediatric surgery residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis (1994). He also completed a one-year surgical education research fellowship with the Association for Surgical Education (1996). Rogers is certified by the American Board of Surgery with special qualifications in pediatric surgery. He is a fellow of the American College Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary Society. Rogers has served on the editorial boards of American Surgeon and Pediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques. He has published more than two dozen journal articles and seven book chapters.
Academy Scholars 2007
Michael Neumeister received his medical degree from the University of Toronto. He had previously completed a degree in physiology and pharmacology at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Neumeister was an emergency physician in Toronto, Ontario for one year following his internship at the Toronto East General Hospital. He started in a general surgery residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and went on to complete his plastic surgery residency at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dr. Neumeister attended Harvard University's Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston as a microsurgery fellow. He completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the SlU School of Medicine’s Plastic Surgery Institute.
Dr. Neumeister is board certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC).
He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Neumeister has received awards for presentations given regionally, nationally, and internationally, has authored numerous book chapters and articles, and has multiple research interests. He serves on numerous national committees.
Shirley McGlinn has been teaching at the SIU School of Medicine for more than 30 years. From 1975 to 1982 she taught first-year medical students as a teaching assistant and an instructor in the Anatomy Department. Since 1982 she has been on the faculty of the Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP) where she teaches biology problem-solving, endocrinology and problem-based learning. Shirley had an active role in implementing the problem-based learning curriculum in the medical school, in MEDPREP, and has coordinated the Prematriculation Program for incoming medical students since 1991. She has participated in workshops sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges on problem-solving and test preparation for the MCAT. She was awarded Teacher of the Year by three consecutive classes of medical students and has received the Faculty of the Year award in MEDPREP six times. After earning her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1966, McGlinn was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. She earned a master’s degree from SIUC in 1975.
Academy Scholar 2006
Dr. James M. Daniels II is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine. He has since been promoted to professor. Daniels earned his bachelor's degree at Quincy University (1980) and his medical degree at SIU (1983). He completed his residency at SlU's Quincy family practice program (1986) and a fellowship in occupational medicine at University of California San Francisco (1988). He received his master's of public health program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (1992). He became the Director of the SIU Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship – Quincy program in 2003.
Dr. Daniels is board certified in occupational medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and in family practice by the American Board of Family Practice and has a CAQ in primary care sports medicine. He also is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Occupational/Environmental Medicine, the Central States Occupational Medicine Association, the Society of Occupational/ Environmental Health, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.