Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship Award

Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship Award

In recognition of Creighton's long history in the advancement of teaching that has led us from good to reflective teaching, from Ernest Boyer's Teaching as Scholarship to Lee Shulman's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, we celebrate our Jesuit pedagogical and campus traditions, through creation of the Creighton University Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship Award in 2013.

While Creighton has various teaching awards across campus, this all-University award recognizes excellence based on "evidence of effective teaching." This University teaching award allows Creighton to model best practices in scholarly teaching, clearly communicates the valuing of teaching as our core enterprise, and advance our efforts to be more competitive in state and national teaching award programs.

Founders' Week Convocation will recognize the recipient(s) of this award. Rooted in our Carnegie campus conversations of the 1990s and our more recent Scholarship of Teaching and Learning initiatives, this award will mirror current and best practices in evaluating teaching as a scholarly endeavor.

Annually, up to two recipients will be chosen for the award.  The recipients of the award must: hold a full-time faculty appointment at the university; must be at least at the rank of Associate Professor; and must show a consistent commitment to the teaching mission and objectives of the University and one's primary appointed department.  Eligible faculty should be nominated and submit a personal statement as well as their contributions to teaching and evidence of a body of work as an Educator Scholar.
The award application process is managed by the Center for Faculty Excellence.

Important Dates and Information

Call for Nomination opens:   September 2023

  • Call for Nomination Information
  • Instructions on Completing Nomination Packet
  • Online Application

Application Deadline:  October 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

2023 Award Recipient Program

2023 Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship 
Stories from the Frontlines of Teaching

Date & Time:  Thurs., Feb. 23; 3:00-4:00 p.m. CST/2:00-3:00 p.m. MST
Deliverable:  Virtual via Zoom (not Teams)
Moderator: Debra Ford, PhD
, Center for Faculty Excellence

Join Amanda Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, & Maggie Knight, DBA, CPA, CGMA, Accounting, Heider College of Business, the 2023 Distinguished Educator Award winners, as they share their insights and stories about their careers. Each are recognized for their active and consistent contributions to teaching, innovative practices, and assessment of student learning.  Dialogue with colleagues on current practices and address such questions as:

  • Tell us one or two stories of your experience as a teacher that have stayed with you. 
  • How have your students directly and indirectly influenced your teaching as scholarship; in other words, what and how have your students “taught” you?
  • What advice would you give to new and experienced faculty about creating a career in higher education?
  • What advice would you give to new faculty transitioning from practice to teaching/academia?

Previous Award Recipients

View celebrated program history of honored award recipients.

2023
Amanda Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN, College of Nursing
Maggie Knight, DBA, CPA, CGMA, Accounting, Heider College of Business

2022
Lou Jensen, OTD, OTR/L, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Helene Lohman, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

2021
Brian J. Kokensparger, MFA, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Lorraine M. Rusch, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor, College of Nursing

2020
No recipients awarded.

2019
Lisa Black, DPT, PT, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Mary Ann Danielson, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
2018
Maya Khanna, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Julie Manz, Ph.D., M.S., RN, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
2017
Kimberley J. Begley, PharmD, RPh, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Anne M. Schoening, Ph.D., RN, CNE, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
2016
Jennifer Furze, PT, DPT, PCS, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
2015
Noam Ebner, LL.M., Associate Professor-Online Program Chair Werner Institute, School of Law
David Reed, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Computer Sciences and Informatics, College of Arts and Sciences
2014
Naser Zaki Alsharif, Pharm.D., PHD '92, Professor of Pharmacy Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Gintaras Duda, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences