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.
2013 Award Winners
Ed Vandenberg, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. A UNMC faculty member since 1998, Vandenberg has earned a reputation for his commitment to working across disciplines to improve curricula, particularly in the area of geriatrics. He has improved instruction in critical for medical students as they transition from medical school to residency, such as medical errors, the costs of medical care, inter-professional team training and communication, and management of cardiac arrests. While serious about teaching, Vandenberg doesn’t hesitate to incorporate humor into his lectures – his lecture on falls among the elderly, which he delivers in full knight’s armor, is famous among students. Vandenberg’s “GERI Pearls” – brief summaries on various geriatric topics that have proved to be tremendous learning tools for students – also have become legendary on campus.
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Peter Wolcott, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Wolcott already is an award-winning professor, having received UNO’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award in 2011. In evaluations, students consistently praise his mastery of course content and his ability to communicate it effectively. Wolcott also is committed to service learning, regularly making connections with microenterprises in Omaha and supervising groups of students who work with those businesses to provide solutions, coaching, skill-building and planning for their technology needs. “The help and empowerment these students provide makes a real difference, and Peter provides the leadership to make that happen,” Wolcott’s department chair, Ilze Zigurs, wrote in his nomination letter. Wolcott also has been a leader in distance learning, making educational opportunities available to many more students.
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