Initiated in 2013, the Regions TEACH (Toward Educational Advancement in Care and Health) Prize celebrates the highest qualities of our teaching faculty. The winner receives a cash award of $10,000, recognition at the luncheon honoring Nelson Order inductees, and public recognition at the UMMC commencement ceremonies.
The recipient of the 2021 Regions TEACH Prize award is Dr. Stephen Stray, associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology in the UMMC School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.
Past Regions TEACH Prize winners include:
Contact Dr. Rob Rockhold, Deputy Chief Academic Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations will be shared with the dean of the school from which the faculty member is being nominated. The email subject line should contain “Nelson Order Nomination”.
Faculty recipients of the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence are eligible for the Regions TEACH Prize. Both share the same criteria. An outstanding educator should demonstrate excellence in:
Each school has an existing process for nomination that begins with student selection of the Nelson Order awardees for that year. Twenty-one new members of the Nelson Order are selected each year. Students should contact their academic or student affairs offices with any additional nominations they wish to be considered.
The dean of each school selects, with the input of the faculty, one nominee from the school's Nelson Order whom they feel best exemplifies the Regions TEACH Prize criteria, for a total of seven finalists for the Regions TEACH Prize.
Members of the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with input from the officers of the Associated Student Body, review a portfolio that includes a statement of teaching philosophy from the finalists, and elements of their academic record, along with their curriculum vitae. A vote of this group determines the winner of the Regions TEACH Prize.
The Nelson Order recipients and the TEACH Prize winner are announced at a luncheon in May. All recipients are honored publicly at commencement ceremonies and with a plaque on the Nelson Honor Wall in the second flood atrium of the UMMC Learning Resources Center.