President Milliken announces 2011 university-wide award winners
A medical instructor who allows students to place nasogastric tubes in his own nose.
A wheat breeder whose research is helping to feed more people around the world.
A department that prioritizes faculty collaboration in order to provide access to high-quality education to more students.
These are among the 2011 winners of the University of Nebraska’s most prestigious awards for individual and departmental success, announced this month by President James B. Milliken.
The awards recognize individual faculty members whose efforts in research, teaching and engagement are having a strong impact on students, the university and the state; and a department that has made unique and significant contributions to the university’s teaching efforts. Winners are selected annually and honored during luncheons in the spring.
“The strength of any university depends on its faculty, and the four campuses of the University of Nebraska are home to some of the country’s best,” Milliken said. “The efforts of our faculty in teaching, research and engagement improve the student experience, advance the university and make a positive impact on the state of Nebraska and its people.”
Award winners are:
Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award: recognizes individual faculty members for outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance.
Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA): recognizes individual faculty members who have demonstrated meritorious and sustained records of excellence and creativity in teaching.
Innovation, Development and Engagement Award (IDEA): recognizes faculty members who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the university in ways that have enriched the broader community.
University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA): recognizes a department or unit within the University of Nebraska that has made unique and significant contributions to the university’s teaching efforts.
The Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis has a three-pronged mission:
One of the hallmark characteristics of the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis is the high level of collaboration among its faculty members. Faculty share course materials and information on best practices, develop common rubrics together, “team teach” some courses, and more – strategies that allow the department to leverage the unique talents of each faculty member to create a cohesive, high-quality experience for students. Distance education is one particular area where collaboration has resulted in success for the department. Development of distance courses is a time-consuming process, but the department’s faculty willingly share their knowledge and resources, allowing the department to make its programs accessible to students in Omaha and across Nebraska and the world. The department’s undergraduate degree is now available entirely online.
The department provides strong support for students. An undergraduate mentoring program pairs students with an individual faculty member to provide a personal connection, for example, and the department has strong relationships with local businesses that sponsor internships. The department’s faculty also are committed to enhancing their teaching through professional development activities, and they regularly author conference papers, journal articles and textbooks.