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Regions TEACH Prize

2018-teach-prize_full-pg_murmur-ad.jpgInitiated 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 2020 Regions Bank TEACH Prize award is Dr. Jason A. Griggs, professor and chair int he department of biomedical materials science in the UMMC School of Dentistry. 

Past Regions TEACH Prize winners include:

  • 2019 - Michael Ryan, PhD, professor of physiology & biophysics in the UMMC School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.
  • 2018 - Amol V. Janorkar, PhD, associate professor of biomedical materials science in the UMMC School of Dentistry.
  • 2017 - William P. Daley, MD, professor of pathology in the UMMC School of Medicine.
  • 2016 - Jennifer Bain, DDSassistant professor and interim department chair of periodontics and preventive sciences in the UMMC School of Dentistry.
  • 2015 - Mary Stewart, PhD, RN, professor and director of both the PhD program and accreditation in the School of Nursing.
  • 2014 - Ian Paul, PhD, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and director of the Animal Behavioral Core
  • 2013 - Kimberly Simpson, PhD, 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-one new members of the Nelson Order are selected each year. Students should contact their academic of student affairs offices with any additional nominations they wish to be considered

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 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.