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Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

The Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes and rewards demonstrated teaching ability of a clearly superlative nature.

2023 Award Recipients

Dorothey Hughes portrait

Dorothy Hughes, Ph.D., MHSA
Assistant Professor, Population Health, and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
School of Medicine – Salina

Dr. Hughes earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2019 and joined the teaching staff as Assistant Professor that same year in the Department of Health Policy and Management. In her career at KU Medical Center she has been a key contributor to MHSA, PhD, and MD programs. She has participated in curriculum review, led the Distinguishing Students Committee, and is a member of the KUSOM Academic and Professionalism Committee and Promotions Committee, to name a few of her commitments to the university.

Dr. Hughes has contributed to her students through outstanding classroom teaching, the development of educational materials, and educational leadership for both medical students and graduate students. She has developed at least four Scholarship, Enrichment, and Remediation (SER) week activities for medical students on topics including health policy and racism in medicine. During the pandemic, she was asked to develop and deliver an online activity for an entire class of 211 students addressing the epidemiology and bioethics of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also been actively engaged in the development and delivery of flipped classroom activities on the risks and basics of health insurance as well as educating medical students on research study protocols, data collection, and data analysis.

Her goal is for students to have a strong understanding of how healthcare systems can and do work (in the US and other countries), including how operational, financial, and policy concepts interlock. In 2022 she received the JHAWK Outstanding Faculty of the Year award awarded by the MHSA student organization.

Dr. Hughes is an active member of the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration, the International Association of Medical Science Educators, the Association for Surgical Education, and the American College of Surgeons.


Stephen Jernigan portrait

Stephen D. Jernigan, Ph.D., PT, FNAP
Associate Professor Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science and Athletic Training
School of Health Professions

Dr. Jernigan earned his B.S.E., M.S., and PhD from the University of Kansas. He has been on faculty since 2007 and is currently the Director of Academics for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program as well as being on the DPT Curriculum Committee and DPT Leadership Committee.

Through collaboration with others, Jernigan has led the integration of interprofessional education into the program's curriculum. He also helps lead interprofessional experiences across the institution as the director of the School of Health Professions IPE Champions workgroup and as co-lead for the assessment and scholarship committee associated with the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research at KU Medical Center. In early 2018, Jernigan and faculty colleagues established the Leveraging Education And Research iN Physical Therapy (LEARN PT) laboratory. This virtual laboratory was created with the mission of promoting excellence and collaboration to optimize physical therapy education.

Jernigan is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has served as an active board member of the National Interprofessional Education Consortium. He served five years as chair of the research committee for the Kansas Physical Therapy Association. In 2022 he was awarded the Fellowship for Higher Educational Leadership from the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, he is a two-time award recipient of the Education Innovator Award given by the Physical Therapy Learning Institute.


albert poje portrait

Albert Buddy Poje, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
School of Medicine

Dr. Poje joined the faculty of KUMC in 2008 as an Instructor after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri Kansas City in Clinical Psychology. He is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Program and a licensed psychologist in Kansas.

Dr. Poje serves as a supervisor for the department's Residency, Clinical Psychology Internship, and Postdoctoral Fellowship programs, and has been a regular contributor to the School of Medicine's Legacy and ACE (M.D.) curriculum programs since 2012. As the Academic Psychology Director of the KUMC’s psychiatric inpatient facility at Strawberry Hill, Dr. Poje engages in clinical teaching, manages the clinical rotation for predoctoral psychology interns, and directs the Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Advanced Clinical Psychology which he created and developed; in addition, he oversees the psychotherapy training for Psychiatry Residents and Medical Students at Strawberry Hill. He sits as the only Psychologist on the oversight committees of the Psychiatry Residency Program.

Dr. Poje received the Executive Dean's Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents in 2012 as a result of his commitment to teaching scholars and clinicians at KU Medical Center. He was nominated to join the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2017. He is a member of Psi Chi, the KUMC Human Subjects Committee, past president of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association, and current Chair of the Committee on Human Research for the American Psychological Association.


Jo Wick portrait

Jo A. Wick, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Education, Biostatistics & Data Science
School of Medicine

Before joining KUMC in 2008 Dr. Wick earned her M.S. and PhD from Baylor University. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Wick has served as the Director of Graduate Education since 2020. She has developed and overseen the approval of four new graduate degree programs in the KU School of Medicine—the MS and Ph.D. Programs in Biostatistics in 2010 and the MS in Applied Statistics, Analytics, Data Science in 2015, and Health Data Science in 2022—and she developed a Ph.D. program in Clinical and Translational Science in 2023.

Dr. Wick has supervised over 15 graduate students on their research, advised or written qualifying exams for over 200 students, and developed educational materials for over 50 courses. She has also had an impact on the School of Medicine’s ACE curriculum. She was appointed Biostatistics thread head in 2016 for the new ACE curriculum. As thread head, she developed learning objectives, formed learning activities, and developed lectures and assessments on topics including evaluating study validity, meta-analysis, and research integrity. In 2008, she designed the “Introduction to Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Researchers” lecture series that is offered annually. This series has been used by various programs nationally to train residents, postdocs, medical students, fellows, and faculty.

She is a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award in the Biostatistics & Data Science department at KUMC. Dr. Wick is a current member of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, the American Statistical Association, the Kansas-Western Missouri Chapter of the American Statistical Association, Women in Medicine and Science, Mothers in Medicine and Science, and the Caucus for Women in Statistics.

Previous Award Recipients

2003-2023 Awards List pdf

History of Award

The award will be given to a paid (non-volunteer) faculty member who contributes to KU Medical Center and its students through excellence and outstanding classroom teaching. Classroom teaching is defined in its broadest sense to include educational activities in various settings and to a variety of learners in the three schools and the graduate and undergraduate programs at the medical center.

Award Criteria and Eligibility

Faculty may be nominated by a student or faculty member. Nominations are not open for KU Medical Center faculty who have previously received the award. Preference will be given to early to mid-career faculty members.

Each award winner receives a one-time monetary award of $1,000. Questions about this award should be directed to Jenny Laffey, Director, Faculty Affairs.

Nomination Process and Timeline

Faculty members with demonstrated excellence in teaching while at KU Medical Center may be nominated by a colleague, student or alumnus. Each nomination must include all of the following:

  • Nomination letter summarizing the faculty member's worthiness for receiving this award, formal teaching responsibilities and any voluntary additional teaching, like interdepartmental, multi-school or others, if any
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae, indicating reception of other teaching awards, if any
  • Copies of past formal evaluations of the nominee's teaching made by students and residents
  • Evaluations by faculty peers
  • A letter of support from the nominee's program director or department chair
    • Additional letters (maximum four) in support of the nomination are not required but are recommended

Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award Nomination Form

Faculty Affairs and Career Development

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