Two Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Awards are presented each year in honor and recognition of meritorious and sustained records of excellence in teaching and creativity related to teaching to two full-time faculty members of the University of Nebraska. Both awards may be made to the same campus in a given year.

2016 Call for Nomination Information
Past Recipients

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2015 Award Winners

DawnMollenkopf VIDEO: Chandrakanth Are – 2015 OTICA Winner
Chandrakanth Are, M.D., vice chair of education for the Department of Surgery, associate professor of surgical oncology, and program director for general surgery residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Since his arrival at UNMC in 2007, Are has earned a reputation as an innovative educator, a meticulous surgeon, and someone with exemplary dedication to patients. Are focuses on creating highly beneficial experiences for students. He has developed curricula that help residents pass their exit exams and improve their scores. More than 90 percent of residents taking the ABSITE exam improved their scores by taking a new remedial course developed by Are. His innovative thinking also led to the establishment of an international rotation program that allows residents to spend nearly six months in India, expanding their international awareness and exposing them to different healthcare models. Are’s impact is best summed up by his students, with one former student calling Are “the most influential person” during his general surgery training.

JudyWalker VIDEO: Martha Mamo – 2015 OTICA Winner
Martha Mamo, Ph.D., professor of agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mamo’s courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources have proven to inspire students’ interest in soil sciences. “Without the courses she taught, I would not have as productive of a farming operation,” wrote one former student. “And I never would have had the interest or the capability of starting my own soil sampling business.” Even among colleagues, Mamo is an educator, sharing teaching tips that lead to changes in other faculty members’ classrooms. Also a successful researcher, Mamo has secured funding for studies on sorghum production systems in Africa, and she co-developed a global food security course. She teaches instructional efforts with farmers in Ethiopia and is currently developing online lessons in earth and environmental sciences. Mamo estimates she has taught more than 2,000 students since 2000.


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