Making their mark
Teaching is an art and a science that these Health Science Center educators blend into a winning formula. Just ask their students and colleagues, who nominated them for the 1995 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching. These six teachers do something extra that makes them award winners.
Elizabeth Phyllis Bowie, PhD, associate professor of cellular and structural biology:
She runs informal lunch-hour "get togethers" to help students prepare for exams. Her students say she is always willing to give them extra help. "Dealing with students one-on-one and in small groups is the essence of teaching," Dr. Bowie says.
Ralph F. Erian, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology:
He teaches medical students and residents about anesthesiology, but stresses to them that patient care transcends medicine. "Simply put," Dr. Erian says, "treat all patients as if they were your parent, subling or child."
Betty Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of family nursing care:
Her colleagues and students describe her as innovative and enthusiastic. Dr. Johnson has developed methods to help her students better understand family relationships, which is crucial in assessing family clinical cases.
Celia I. Kaye, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics:
A specialist in genetics and birth defects, she receives wide praise for teaching her students the need to understand both basic science and clinical medicine. Dr. Kaye's students say she instills the qualities of respect, sensitivity and honesty.
Mary Ann Matteson, PhD, associate professor of chronic nursing care:
She has helped students in nursing to better understand the needs of the elderly. Dr. Matteson also has involved her students in acclaimed research in gerontology.
Beverly C. Robinson, PhD, associate professor of chronic nursing care:
She teaches her students topics ranging from research methodology to community health sciences. Her "confidence and joy in her profession" show all the time, one student says.
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