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Regions Bank TEACH Prize

Initiated in 2013, the Regions Bank 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 and recognition at the luncheon honoring Nelson Order inductees.

The recipient of the 2016 Regions Bank TEACH Prize awardee is Dr. Jennifer Bain, assistant professor and interim department chair of periodontics and preventive sciences in the UMMC School of Dentistry.

Previous Regions Bank TEACH Prize winners include:

  • 2015 - Mary Stewart, PhD, RN, Professor of Nursing and Director of both the PhD Program and Accreditation in the School of Nursing.
  • 2014 - Dr. Ian Paul, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and director of the Animal Behavioral Core
  • 2013 - Dr. Kimberly Simpson, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

How is the TEACH Prize awarded?

Faculty recipients of the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence are eligible for the Regions Bank TEACH Prize. Both share the same criteria. An outstanding educator should demonstrate excellence in:

  • Delivering innovative teaching methods
  • Engaging and inspiring students
  • Conveying accurate, contemporary knowledge
  • Setting clear, appropriate expectations for professional behaviors
  • Guiding and mentoring students

Each school has an existing process for nomination that begins with student selection of the Nelson Order awardees for that year. Twenty new members of the Nelson Order are selected each year. Additional nominations can be made by emailing Dr. Rob Rockhold, Deputy Chief Academic Officer,.

Working with each school's faculty, 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 Bank TEACH Prize criteria, for a total of six finalists for the Regions Bank TEACH Prize.

The Medical Center Faculty Development Committee and the officers of the Associated Student Body review a statement of teaching philosophy from the finalists, along with their curriculum vitae. A vote of this group determines the winner of the Regions Bank 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.