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The Academy for Scholarship in Education

Outstanding Educators



Each year, the Academy for Scholarship in Education (ASE) formally recognizes and rewards exceptional education, in the form of teaching and assessment, educational leadership, research in medical education, and the creation of enduring educational materials.

The School of Medicine has embraced the importance of educational scholarship since its inception, and has an international reputation for its innovative curricula, so many faculty members are ideal candidates for this award. We select the award winner based on the following:  

Application process for Educator of the Year dossier*

*SIUSOM's Academy for Scholarship in Education would like to thank Baylor College of Medicine's Office of Faculty Development for the use of its award categories, and for ideas for the application materials and ratings as modified and listed below.

The following materials should be included in the dossier, along with supporting evidence as needed:

    1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

    2. Use of innovation in teaching and assessment

    3. Educational leadership (courses/clerkships/rotations created and implemented)

    4. Impact of teaching and assessment on individuals or groups within the SIU sphere (quality/impact/effectiveness)

    5. Creation of enduring educational materials

    6. Medical education research and scholarship (publications/presentations/education-related grants)

    7. CV and job description (percent time in education)

Applications will be rated as follows:

    Statement of teaching philosophy                                  10 points
          Below is an example of a statement of teaching philosophy from a previous Educator of the Year winner.
          Statement of Teaching Philosophy

    Evidence of innovations in teaching and assessment    30 points

    Educational leadership                                                   30 points

    Impact of teaching and assessment within SIU                30 points

    Creation of enduring educational materials                     30 points

    Medical education research and scholarship                  30 points

*Note that evidence of reflection on educational activities and an attempt to improve oneself as an educator are highly prized attributes and will be given extra consideration when points are awarded in each category.

Upon completion of application requirements, scan your application and attachments to

For further information, email
or call 217-545-2103

2014 Outstanding Educator

Tracy Lower

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

Tracy Lower

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

Tracy Lower

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

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

Dr Gary Dunnington

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 CasparyDonald 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 HingleSusan 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.


2008 Outstanding Educators

Amy Arai 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 RogersDavid 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 NewmeisterMichael 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 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

James DanielsDr. 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.