Chancellor's Club Teaching Professorship
The Chancellor's Club Teaching Professorship recognizes sustained excellence in teaching and is awarded to persons who have demonstrated outstanding teaching competence over an extended period of time.
2023 Award Recipient
Jeff Radel, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs, School of Health Professions
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Education
Jeff Radel, Ph.D., has been a catalyst for innovation in many courses and extracurricular learning activities since joining the faculty of the KU Medical Center School of Health Professions. His outstanding teaching and leadership have reinforced the basic neuroscience content of the curriculum and supported the research-driven clinical practices in the Occupational Therapy programs. He has guided the initiation and development of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Therapeutic Science. Dr.Radel's commitment to graduate education is exemplified by his teaching Principles of Effective Communication in Scientific Settings to all KUMC graduate students for over two decades.
Radel's expertise in guiding students through the formulation, assembly, and delivery of effective scientific presentations is recognized internationally, and he often provides workshops on this topic for academic programs.
His research expertise on concussion and brain injury led him to provide continuing education programming as early as 1998 to students, parents, coaches, and teachers in Kansas and Missouri. Dr. Radel developed two new opportunities to again explore novel teaching avenues: (i) functional activity and movement analysis in martial arts, and (ii) functional activity and movement analysis when making stone blades (flint knapping).
Dr. Radel values the importance of understanding anatomy and neuroscience within the context of real-world situations. He has been able to serve as a preceptor to entry-level OT students early in their program during their level I fieldwork experiences. His expertise in karate became a mechanism to help OT students connect classroom learning with hands-on experience. He has enhanced students' understanding of neurodiversity and its effects on performance by engaging learners as a karate dojo - offering community classes to youth and adults with disabilities. His teaching innovation has provided students with real-life examples of neuroscience concepts in clinical and research settings. Dr. Radel was instrumental in relocating the karate program to Kirmayer Fitness Center to offer accessibility for KU students and opportunities for disabled youth to engage with students.
The CHAMPS program (Challenges Handled and Mastered with Perseverance and Spunk) is a model for community involvement. Dr. Radel has been volunteering in the program for a decade and serves as President of the foundation’s advisory board.
Dr. Radel’s role as a faculty member extends beyond his teaching. He is involved in a wide range of research activities, mentoring, and participating actively in faculty governance. Dr. Radel has served in an exemplary administrative role as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the School of Health Professions for more than 7 years.
History of Award
Recipients hold these professorships, which carry an annual stipend of $10,000, for a five-year period, renewable after peer review to assure continued extraordinary activity as teachers and full-time faculty members at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Award Criteria and Eligibility
Criteria used to select the Chancellor’s Club Teaching Professorship is as follows.
- Full-time faculty status: The nominee must be a full-time faculty member with a major role in teaching our learners.
- Level of teaching: The nominee must be involved in the teaching of undergraduate medical, nursing or health professions students, graduate or other professional students and have demonstrated outstanding skills and outcomes as an educator. Nominee must be recognized for extraordinary teaching as measured by quality, quantity, innovation and scholarship.
- Length of service: The Chancellor's Club Teaching Professorship is designed to recognize a distinguished career in teaching. The minimum consistent with this is ten years of teaching service to the University of Kansas Medical Center. Faculty considered for this award will normally be tenured, although faculty in the Clinical Scholar Track with the requisite years of service may also be considered.
- Academic rank: Strong preference is for nominees to hold the rank of Professor, although Associate Professors may be considered for this recognition.
- Department chairpersons and others with administrative appointments usually have a reduced teaching load and are eligible for nomination only if it is documented convincingly that they have a full-time role in educational activities. In those cases, teaching evaluations may be omitted in place of clear evidence of impact on educational programs.
- Those who already hold another named or university professorship are not eligible for nomination.
Nomination Process and Timeline
Each nomination packet must include the following documentation:
- Curriculum Vitae: The nomination packet must include a current, detailed copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae which contains full information on the nominee's teaching and research career. Specific data should include date of appointment to the faculty at KU Medical Center, date of promotion to associate professor or professor rank, summary of research interests and activities, professional/scholarly publications, honors and awards, including any previous teaching recognition, and college and university service.
- Nomination letter: Letter should summarize the faculty member’s worthiness for receiving this award, formal teaching responsibilities and voluntary additional teaching, if any.
- Departmental chair recommendation: Evaluations and/or recommendations from the nominee's departmental chair, or dean for School of Nursing, from the school which the nomination comes.
- Letters or statements from colleagues: Letters or statements addressing the quality of the nominee's teaching and other educational contributions. Statements from faculty outside of the nominee's school or department are encouraged but not required. No more than five of these letters will be accepted.
- Letters or statements from students and others: Letters from current and former students, alumni and associates outside the university. No more than five of these letters will be accepted.
- Teaching evaluations: Teaching evaluations, limited to last five years, both by colleagues and students, should be submitted in a quantity and format appropriate to the field. A summary of evaluations should be included showing mean scores among peer evaluations, with peer names remaining anonymous.
- Scholarship: Evidence should be submitted of the scholarly activity of the nominee, particularly as it relates to excellence in teaching.