Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community

Teaching Summit 2020—Teaching Award Recipients

Lawrence Campus

Ned Fleming Trust Award

Michael Bauer


Michael Bauer, Professor of Organ and Church Music, School of Music

Michael Bauer, D.M.A., has been with KU since 1987. His longstanding dedication and passion for teaching continue to propel our Organ & Church Music program's exceptional reputation among the elite programs in North America.

His great performing skills are a large part of his teaching, including unique teaching skills to help each student find their own strengths. Importantly, Dr. Bauer received a Certificat de Perfectionnement in Organ and Improvisation in Geneva at the Conservatoire de Musique. As improvisation is an important part of great organ playing, the students benefit greatly working with a teacher who has these skills.

In addition to developing a new D.M.A. program in church music, Dr. Bauer received the Keeler Family Intra-University Professorship in 1995, has initiated or co-administered two international exchanges, and founded the Student Artist Recital Series in 2015.



Byron Shutz Award

Reflections from the Classroom


David Slusky, De-Min and Chin-Sha Wu Associate Professor, Department of Economics

David Slusky, Ph.D., received his Doctorate in Economics from Princeton University in 2015 and began his academic career with KU that same year. Since then, he has provided unparalleled innovation and leadership in developing courses and programs for undergraduate and graduate students in the economics department, in addition to being an excellent instructor and adviser.

Dr. Slusky has taught students at multiple levels: first year undergraduate seminar on the Affordable Care Act; a required undergraduate course on intermediate microeconomics; an undergraduate upper-level course on labor economics; and a doctoral course on health economics. In all of his courses, he is extremely innovative.

Beyond the classroom, David offers a tremendous amount of advising. Undergraduate students greatly appreciate his invaluable and up-to-date insight on post-KU prospects and his energetic support for their future success, while his key goal for graduate students is to help transform them into productive independent researchers. He also contributes to teaching through his service, both within the Economics department and the College.



Bob & Kathie Taylor Excellence Awards in Teaching

David Griffin


David Griffin, Undergraduate Laboratory Director, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

David Griffin, Ph.D., has been director of the C&PE undergraduate laboratory since 2013. In 2015, he installed and commissioned the new chemical engineering unit operations laboratory suite in the new School of Engineering LEEP2 building, which transformed the quality and scope of the practical learning experiences of the students in unit operations.

Dr. Griffin worked with Distinguished Professor Mark Shiflett to launch a completely redesigned series of Chemical Engineering laboratory courses in January 2017. Intended to increase student/teaching communications and foster deeper understanding of core concepts among seniors, comments from students suggested that the re-design was not only successful, but also highly valued.

Dr. Griffin is a strong believer that the laboratory courses he teaches are a fundamental key to the Chemical Engineering curriculum, not only in helping students truly understand the technical components of the discipline but also to develop the soft skills necessary to be successful in any field. In these and many other ways, Dr. Griffin continually demonstrates his dedication to C&PE’s undergraduate program and his service to the senior laboratory students.



Laura Hermann-Ginsberg


Lauri Hermann-Ginsberg, Teaching Professor, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, School of Education

Lauri Herrmann-Ginsberg, Ed.D., joined the department of Curriculum & Teaching in the Fall of 2005. She specializes in children’s and young adult literature, consulting with the Gertrude Strong Library for Children’s Literature and specializing in secondary English education.

Dr. Herrmann-Ginsberg works to create a constructivist learning environment in her classes where everyone’s voice, ideas, and opinions can be heard. She believes that a comfortable and safe learning environment is key to guiding beginning teachers through the knowledge that will make them stronger and better subject experts, powerful and confident in their ability, and imbued with a desire to keep learning on their own as teachers.

Over the recent years as the C&T department has transitioned courses to online formats, Dr. Herrmann-Ginsberg has been a contributor to teaching courses in the department's online programs. She is often the first instructor that students in this online program have, and her commitment to engaging students through the online platform includes presenting challenging intellectual content that facilitates graduate students' development of both knowledge of ideas and theoretical concepts in current literature and research.



Alee Phillips


Alee Phillips, Associate Director, Master of Accounting Program, School of Business

Alee Phillips, M.Acc., C.P.A., has been a lecturer with the Accounting Program since 2001. She has taught several different accounting classes at KU, most of them at the Intermediate level for accounting and finance majors. In addition to teaching, she has served on many committees (internal and external) to further the goals of the Accounting program, the School of Business, and KU.

Phillips has the uncommon ability to the teach very technical accounting standards to students in a way that inspires them to learn. She maintains rigor and still receives outstanding student evaluations because she can make difficult material relatable to students, using up-to-date cases and simulations that help the students apply the material to the real world.

Phillips gets involved with many student-facing experiences, including as a faculty advisor Beta Alpha Psi, the international accounting student honors organization. She became associate director of KU’s Master of Accounting program in 2013, providing her a new mentoring opportunity for over 500 students. This summer, she began taking a lead role in delivering the introductory financial accounting course for all Business majors.



Medical Center Campus

Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Joanna Brooks


Joanna V. Brooks, Assistant Professor, Population Health, School of Medicine

Joanna V. Brooks, Ph.D., MBE, joined the University of Kansas School of Medicine faculty in 2015. In addition to teaching a variety of master’s classes with the Health Policy and Management department, Dr. Brooks has also created and designed multiple innovative and well-received doctoral courses.

Dr. Brooks mentors, advises and teaches students in all three schools at the University of Kansas Medical Center: Health Professions, Nursing and Medicine. She also received the JHAWK Faculty Appreciation Award, an annual teaching award given by Master of Health Services Administration Students, in 2017.

In 2020, Dr. Brooks was the first-ever recipient of the prestigious national Glandon Family Scholarship for Advancement of Healthcare Management Education, awarded by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) to recognize and support excellence in healthcare management education.



Julie Christianson


Julie A. Christianson, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine

Julie A. Christianson, Ph.D., earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from KU School of Medicine in 2003. In 2010, Dr. Christianson rejoined KU Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology. She was promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, in July 2017. In 2018, Dr. Christianson received a secondary appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, where she is also Director of the Clinician Scientist and Research Track.

Dr. Christianson became Director of Graduate Studies for Anatomy and Cell Biology in 2014. She has been awarded two concurrent 5-year R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as Principal Investigator to investigate the impact of early-life stress on comorbid pelvic pain and mood disorders.

Dr. Christianson is co-President for the Kansas City chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, and is a Member, Board of Trustees for the Self Graduate Fellowship program. She has also held active leadership roles in Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) for many years.



Quihua Shen


Qiuhua Shen, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Qiuhua Shen, Ph.D., has served on the KU School of Nursing faculty since 2014 and currently is Assistant Professor. Dr. Shen has co-taught graduate-level advanced physiology and advanced pathophysiology courses. In 2015, she started teaching the entry-level graduate research course. She also has co-taught doctoral-level quantitative research methods courses.

Dr. Shen is a peer reviewer for Nursing Research, Journal of Professional Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, BMC Endocrine Disorders, Biological Research in Nursing, and Cardiology and Angiology. In 2018, Dr. Shen received the KU School of Nursing Daisy Faculty Award, recognizing excellence in nursing care and practice.

Dr. Shen is a member of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), American Heart Association (AHA), American Diabetes Association (ADA), and Phi Kappa Phi.



Stephen Tarver


Stephen D. Tarver, Associate Professor, Executive Vice Chair, Director of Medical Simulation, School of Medicine

Stephen D. Tarver, M.D., came to KU in 1997, where he established the first simulation program for the University Kansas Medical Center and has since dedicated more than 20 years of world class education and training both within and beyond the Department of Anesthesiology. Through his years of simulation-based education, Dr. Tarver single handedly provided the opportunity for more than 20 year’s worth of anesthesia residents to practice providing care for patients with rare, but life-threatening intraoperative complications.

Dr. Tarver also is a leader in preparing the next generation of educators in his department and on the KU Medical Center campus. Recognizing that the simulation program that he has developed has grown beyond his ability to independently deliver, Dr. Tarver has mentored numerous faculty members as simulation educators.

Dr. Tarver is active nationally in the field of simulation in medical education, and he won teacher of the year award from the anesthesiology department in 2006, 2001, 1998, and 1995. He has a prolific record of service to professional organizations regionally and nationally, having served the American Society of Anesthesiologist and the Kansas Society of Anesthesiologists in various leadership positions.


CTE turns 25

The Center for Teaching Excellence is celebrating its 25th birthday this academic year. Watch for special events and workshops.