Call for Nominations: J. Kevin Dorsey Outstanding Educator Award

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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 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 advancement 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.

Nomination and Selection Process
Please send your nomination via e-mail to (self-nominations are allowed). Please include the faculty member's name and e-mail address as well as a brief statement of support.  Nominees will receive an e-mail notifying them of their nomination and outlining the application requirements. Application materials will need to be submitted by the nominee(late materials will not be accepted). The selection committee will meet in early April to review the materials, and the nominees will be notified of the committee decision. Nominees and our Outstanding Educator will be formally recognized at the Symposium for Teaching and Learning.

The selection committee only reviews complete application materials, and committee members focus on how the materials and evidence reflect:

  • A commitment to the SIU School of Medicine Mission 
  • 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 Senior 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 2020, 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 J. Kevin Dorsey Outstanding Educator award, please e-mail or call 217-545-6843. You can learn more about this award on our Outstanding Educator web page.

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