Tim Koschmann receives honorary doctorate in Sweden


October 30, 2013


Koschmann receives honorary doctorate

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Tim Koschmann receiving laurel (photos by Oskar Lindwall)

Timothy Koschmann, Ph.D., professor of medical education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden on October 25, 2013. The Doctor of Education degree was presented at a ceremony at the university’s Swedish Exhibition Centre.

Koschmann was honored for his work in collaborative instruction and the social organization of learning. As a professor of medical education, he studies interactions—language, gesture and other forms of nonverbal communication—between two or more people in order to understand how humans learn. The knowledge helps train doctors to serve patients more effectively.

“Dr. Koschmann is a leading scholar in the learning sciences, well-known throughout the world for his contributions to theory and method in research on learning,” said Professor Roger Säljö, dean of the faculty of education at the University of Gothenburg. “What also impresses me is that he is a genuine scholar who pursues basic research questions at the same time as he explores issues of practical relevance in the field of medicine and other areas.”

Koschmann has been a faculty member at SIU since 1988. His achievements include creation of the Collaboration and Learning Laboratory (CaLL), a forum for study of student-instructor interaction that uses recordings from mock clinical examinations and actual hospital operating room settings to analyze communication and instruction. He has made this video library available to scholars and researchers around the world.

“Dr. Koschmann pioneered a novel and rigorous framework for the study of how we learn,” said Dr. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost of the SIU School of Medicine. “His original, technically challenging and precise approach to analyzing verbal and nonverbal communication within surgery teams and other small groups has advanced what we know about the transmission of medical and surgical skill and knowledge.”

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Koschmann has published 22 books or book chapters, 40 peer-reviewed articles and has made more than 100 national and international presentations. He received the Outstanding Scholar Award from SIU School of Medicine in 2010.

Koschmann joined the SIU faculty in 1988. He earned his doctoral degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (1987). He earned his master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (1980) and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri in Kansas City (1972). 

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community. Its website is www.siumed.edu and its main number is 217-545-8000.

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