Academies for Excellence

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The Academies for Excellence recognizes outstanding faculty in the areas of scientific research, educational scholarship, and team science.

Members are elected to lifetime membership in one of four academies: the Academy for Excellence in Health Research; the Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning; the Academy for Excellence in Clinical Practice; and the Academy for Excellence in Team Science.

Congratulations to the 2018 Inductees

Academy for Excellence in Health Research

Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

  • Ruth Lindquist, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N., Professor, School of Nursing
  • David Power, M.B.B.S, M.P.H., Professor, Medical School
  • Traci Toomey, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor, School of Public Health

Academy for Excellence in Clinical Practice

  • Soraya Beiraghi, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.S., M.S.D., Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Kumar Belani, M.D., Professor, Medical School
  • Heather Blue, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., B.C.G.P., Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • Dennis Dykstra, M.D., Ph.D.Department Head, Medical School
  • Jon Hallberg, M.D., Associate Professor, Medical School
  • David Lee, D.V.M., M.B.A., Director, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Sarah Westberg, Pharm.D., F.C.C.P., B.C.P.S., Co-Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy

The nominations process

Each year we seek to identify the most distinguished scientists, educators, and clinicians within our ranks. Toward this goal, we invite you to nominate faculty colleagues for competitive election to the Academy for Excellence in Health Research, the Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, the Academy for Excellence in Clinical Practice, and the Academy for Excellence in Team Science.

All recipients receive lifetime membership in the Academies. Additionally, recipients of the Health Research; Scholarship of Teaching & Learning; and Clinical Practice awards receive a $10,000 award which may be used as an augmentation to their salary or to support their teaching or research activities. Recipients of the Team Science award receive a $10,000 team award.

For information regarding the nomination process, see the nomination requirements for:

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Academy for Excellence in Health Research

The Academy for Excellence in Health Research serves as the highest recognition of excellence in health related research by a full time faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Those selected will have demonstrated excellence in research as measured by impact in basic and/or applied health science at the lab, clinic, school, community, and/or population level. Impact may be measured by contributions to one particular problem or a sustained record of excellence in many problems. All members of the Academy will also have demonstrated the highest level of ethics and professionalism during their career.

Questions about this recognition opportunity can be sent to Michael Oakes, associate vice president for research.

Academy for Excellence in Clinical Practice

The Academy for Excellence in Clinical Practice serves as the highest recognition of excellence in the practice or provision of clinical care by a full time faculty member. Those selected will have demonstrated their ability to deliver the highest level of clinical care, and/or developed and implemented an important innovation for clinical care delivery with proven efficacy using appropriate metrics as further defined by their college or school. All members of the Academy will also have demonstrated the highest level of ethics and professionalism during their career. Note that “clinical” encompasses a broad scope of clinical practice, including in laboratory practice, patient care, community-based health care settings, and public health settings.

Questions about this recognition opportunity can be sent to Bobbi Daniels, senior strategy advisor, Office of Academic Clinical Affairs.

Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning recognizes faculty who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly contributions to advance learning in their schools and across academic programs in the University of Minnesota. Initiated in 2008, the Academy for Excellence has 23 inductees in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Questions about this recognition opportunity can be sent to Trevor Ames, associate vice president for academic health sciences.

Academy for Excellence in Team Science

Team science is imperative for addressing intractable problems in biomedical and clinical research. This award has been established to acknowledge the valuable and significant contributions made by an exemplar interdisciplinary team conducting biomedical or health care research to address significant health challenges. Nominations can be from research teams engaged in any part of the research continuum. Teams involving community-based investigators are encouraged to apply.

Questions about this recognition opportunity can be sent to Tucker LeBien, Office of Discovery and Translation Director, Office of Academic Clinical Affairs.