Fontes, McCarson and Peterson receive 2014 KU teaching awards

August 22, 2014

LAWRENCE — Three University of Kansas Medical Center faculty members have received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little presented the awards at the KU Teaching Summit on Aug. 21. Winners are selected by a committee of faculty and students.

The award recipients are:

Joseph Fontes, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. Fontes is the director and a lecturer in the Foundations in Medicine module, the first course taught to first-year medical students. He is a recipient of the Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship Award and has won the Student Voice Award for Best Lecturer (Year 1) on four occasions.

Kenneth McCarson, Ph.D. associate professor of pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics. A neurobiologist, McCarson has participated widely in medical and graduate education in addition to taking on many leadership roles. A former chair of his department's graduate training program, he is presently the course director of Essentials in Pharmacology.

Moya Peterson, Ph.D., ARNP, assistant professor of family medicine and assistant professor of nursing. Peterson teaches medical and nursing students in the KU Family Medicine Clinic, where she is the director of an adults with Down syndrome clinic. She also teaching several courses for the graduate programs in the School of Nursing.

The Teaching Summit was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, KU Medical Center and the Center for Teaching Excellence. The theme of this year's summit was "Designing the University of the Future: Putting Learning First."

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