SIU School of Medicine faculty members are often recognized for their innovative teaching, student- and patient-centered
approach, commitment to educational research, and development of effective curricula. Each year, the Academy
for Scholarship in Education (ASE) selects an exemplary faculty member as an Outstanding Educator. To earn this
prestigious honor, a faculty member must demonstrate excellence as an educator including exemplary teaching and facilitation of problem-based learning, use of innovative educational techniques, contributions to medical education
research, and development of curriculum. An Outstanding Educator not only influences teaching and learning here at SIU School of Medicine and in the surrounding community, but also impacts medical teaching and learning on a national level.
All current, full-time faculty members who have taught at SIU School of Medicine for at least five (5) years and who have not previously won this award are eligible to be nominated for Outstanding Educator. Nominees may resubmit updated materials in subsequent years if they are not selected.
In October 2015, ASE will send a request for nominations (self-nominations are accepted). On November 10, 2015,
nominees will receive an e-mail notifying them of their nomination and outlining the application requirements.
Application materials will be due on December 16, 2015 (late materials will not be accepted). The selection committee will meet in January 2016 to review the materials, and the nominees will be notified of the committee decision by the end of January.
Below are the required application materials. All nominee-created materials should be in 11-12 point font, single-spaced, and have 1 inch margins. Only nominees who follow the following specific guidelines (including page limits) will be considered for the award. If you would like to use a template for compiling the information, you can access one here.
I. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (500 words maximum)
II. Curriculum Vitae (Curriculum Vitae format template)
III. Additional Materials (NO more than 20 pages in total)
a. Teaching Assignments for Last Five Years (Title, Class Number, Size), 1-3 pages
b. Summary of Learning Outcomes and Student Evaluations (compile pertinent student data from assessments and student evaluations and highlight key findings and narrative comments; do not send copies of course evaluations), 3-4 pages
c. Statement of Teaching Innovations (curriculum, practice, technology, mentoring), 1-3 pages
d. Sample Syllabi (or excerpts) that highlight innovations in course design, activities, assessments, and learning environment, 3-5 pages.
e. Journal, Book, or Grant Abstracts (emphasis on education-related research), 3-5 pages.
IV. At least three (3) and no more than five (5) letters of recommendation.
When the application is complete, submit a single, PDF copy of all the application materials including any attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The selection committee only reviews complete application materials that conform to the above guidelines. Using an analytic rubric, the committee members review the application materials to determine the level the evidence reflects:
• A commitment to the SIU School of Medicine Mission http://www.siumed.edu/links/welcome.
• Excellence and reflection in the areas of teaching and student learning.
• Innovation in educational practices and curriculum development.
• Research in the field of medical education.
• Educational leadership within and beyond SIU School of Medicine.
Nature of Award
At the annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning, the Outstanding Educator will be formally recognized and receive an engraved, personalized plaque. The Outstanding Educator's name is also engraved on an SIU School of Medicine plaque that includes the list of prior award recipients. This plaque is located outside the Office of the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Education.
In the following academic year, the Outstanding Educator presents at a featured Academy event entitled Reflections on Teaching. This presentation is designed to inspire others and share the innovative educational approaches of the Outstanding Educator.
Our sister school of medicine, Aichi Medical University, in Nagakute, Japan typically invites the Outstanding Educators to travel and visit its campus. In January 2016, the Outstanding Educator will be nominated for the SIU University-Level Teaching Excellence Award through the Office of the Chancellor.
For Further Information
If you have questions or want to learn more about the Outstanding Educator award, please e-mail email@example.com or call 217-545-2103.
Outstanding Educator Award Renamed
April 22, 2016 - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has honored a former dean, a surgeon, faculty members and medical students for their outstanding achievements as medical educators. The honors were presented at the School of Medicine's Academy for Scholarship in Education's seventh annual symposium, held April 19.
The Educator of the Year Award was renamed the J. Kevin Dorsey Outstanding Educator Award in honor of J. Kevin Dorsey, MD, PhD., professor and dean emeritus who was dean and provost from 2001-15.
Dean and Provost Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, presented the award. "The committee reviewing the dossiers for the award realized that Dr. Dorsey - with his accomplishments as a medical educator, scholar and leader - embodied the award itself," Kruse said.
A student who nominated Dorsey for the honor said, "He has not only shaped my personal philosophy as an aspiring physician, but he has restored the ideal of empathy among the student body at large."
Dorsey has served in numerous leadership roles during his nearly 40-year career at SIU School of Medicine. He was one of the first faculty members hired in 1973 and taught the medical school's charter class as a biochemistry professor in Carbondale. He has been a researcher, educator, student, clinician, administrator and dean and provost. He is the first dean to hold a medical degree from SIU School of Medicine (1978) and only the third dean in the medical school's 45-year history. His present interests include promoting empathy and professionalism in the culture of health care institutions. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa (1981), a rheumatology fellowship at the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, a postdoctoral fellowship in cell biology at Johns Hopkins University (1973), and he earned a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin (1968).
2016 Outstanding Educator
Dr. John D. Mellinger has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as a professor, division chair and residency program director of general surgery.
Previously Mellinger was on the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta, where he was residency program director, chief of gastrointestinal surgery and director of the Surgical Skills Laboratory (2002-10), and at Michigan State University (MSU) in Grand Rapids, where he served as assistant dean (2001-02).
He served a fellowship in surgical endoscopy at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland (1990). He completed his general surgery residency at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center/St. Mary’s Hospital/MSU (1989). He earned his medical degree graduating with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (1984). Mellinger served four years in the U.S. Air Force.
Mellinger is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Association for Surgical Education and Association of Program Directors in Surgery. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. His clinical practice interests include gastrointestinal endoscopy, including ERCP, gastrointestinal surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He has coauthored more than 65 research publications and book chapters.
John Mellinger, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery, received this newly-named honor for his contributions to educational enrichment, leadership, scholarship and teaching. Mellinger "has the heart of an educator, and his contributions to medical and education and scholarship reflect this passion," Kruse said.
Nominators said Mellinger "has a selfless drive for serving others" and is "an exemplar professional."
"The award has added meaning to me because it is named after Dr. Dorsey," Mellinger said. "I thank him for his legacy here and the opportunity to become a small part of that."
"Stewarding the tradition and the commitment the people at SIU have entrusted us with is really what this is about," Mellinger said of the award. "This is a collective celebration of what Dr. Dorsey has done and what the SIU community of teachers and learners has accomplished."
Mellinger is professor and chief of SIU's division of general surgery and program director for general surgery residency. He also holds the J. Roland Folse, MD Endowed Chair in Surgery. He has received more than 30 teaching awards over the course of his career, including two national teaching awards. Prior to joining the SIU faculty in 2010, he served as residency program director, chief of gastrointestinal surgery and director of the Surgical Skills Laboratory at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He earned his medical degree graduating with honors from Case Western University in Cleveland (1984). Mellinger served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Mellinger is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Mellinger's clinical practice interests include gastrointestinal endoscopy, including ERCP, gastrointestinal surgery and laparoscopic surgery.
2015 Outstanding Educator
Bradley Schwartz, DO, FACS., joined the faculty at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as associate professor of urology and director of the School's Center for Urologic Laparoscopy and Endourology. [Note: He has since been promoted to professor.] He practices all aspects of urology and specializes in minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopy, robotics and stone disease.
Prior to joining SIU, Schwartz was on the faculty at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in Forth Worth (2002-03) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) (1998-2001). He continues on the faculty of the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. (1999-present).
Schwartz completed a fellowship in endourology and laparoscopy at UCSF (1999). He completed his surgical and urologic residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. (1993, 1996). After receiving his doctor of osteopathy degree from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center (1990), he continued his career in the U. S. Army where he achieved the rank of Colonel and is currently in the US Army Reserves. He earned his bachelor's degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. (1986).
Schwartz is board certified in urology. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Urology. He is a member of the American Urological Association and the Endourological Society. Schwartz has received regional and national awards for his research and presentations. He has authored and edited several scientific publications and book chapters.
A native of Fargo, N.D., Schwartz and his wife, Mary, are the parents of two sons.
2014 Outstanding Educator
Shelley Tischkau, PhD. joined the faculty at SIU School of Medicine in 2007. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and is director of the graduate program in Pharmacology and Neuroscience. She received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Truman State University, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Her research explores molecular and neurological bases that underlie physiological processes, neurotoxicity, circadian rhythms and environmental toxicology. Her current research is focused on understanding how environmental contaminants contribute to the development of metabolic disorders, including obesity and diabetes, and cancer. She is the author of over 40 journal articles, reviews and book chapters and is co-author of the book, Case Files: Pharmacology, 3rd edition.
2013 Outstanding Educator
Gary M. Rull, M.D.has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of internal medicine. [Note: He has since been promoted to associate professor.]
Rull completed his internal medicine residency at SIU School of Medicine (2001) followed by a year as chief medicine resident for SIU. He earned his bachelor's degree summa cum laude at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (1992) and his medical degree with honors at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield (1998).
He is board certified in internal medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physician and Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honorary Society.
2012 Outstanding Educator
Stephen M. Soltys, M.D.has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He joined the SIU faculty in April 2002 as a professor of psychiatry and director of the psychiatry residency training program and was named interim chair of the department in September. He succeeds Dr. Earl Loschen, who retired in August after 28 years at SIU and nine years as department chair.
Soltys previously was a senior psychiatrist at Beckman Mental Health Center in Greenwood, S.C. (2000-2) and director at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health in Columbia (1997-2000). He was medical director for the children's psychiatric inpatient unit at the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center in Columbia (1987-95) and twice served as the center's medical director. During this time, he also served as medical director for children's services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health (1994-97). He has been on the volunteer faculty at the University of Missouri (UM) in Columbia (1987-97) and the University of South Carolina (1997-2002). He began his professional career as medical director for Arkansas Counseling Services, based in Harrison, Ark. (1984-85).
Soltys completed a two-year fellowship in child psychiatry at UM (1987). He completed his psychiatry residency and earned his medical degree at SIU School of Medicine (1984, 1980). He earned his bachelor's at the University of Illinois in Urbana (1976) and master's of public administration from UM (1995).
He is board certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
2011 Outstanding Educator
Tracy Lower, M.D. joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of pediatrics. She has since been promoted to Associate Professor and Medical Director of the Inpatient Unit at St. John's Children's Hospital and is currently chief of the hospitalists.
Dr. Lower is a native of Pontiac, IL. Dr. Lower earned her bachelor's degree at Illinois Wesleyan University (1984). Both her medical degree and her residency in pediatrics were completed at SIU (1988, 1991).
Dr. Lower is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society.
2010 Outstanding Educator
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.
2009 Outstanding Educators
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 Womens 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.
2008 Outstanding Educators
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.
2007 Outstanding Educators
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.
2006 Outstanding Educator
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.