Faculty Awards

Christopher Papasian, PhD Excellence in Teaching Award


This award acknowledges and celebrates a faculty member who has contributed to medical student pre-clinical education innovation at UMKC School of Medicine.


The faculty recipient should be an individual who has influenced the advancement of medical student education by innovative work in the support and delivery of an educational program and has influenced the pre – clinical educational environment at UMKC.


Nominee must be a tenure track or nontenure track faculty member in the UMKC School of Medicine for a minimum of 5 years.

Nomination guidelines and materials to be submitted by the deadline:

Please download and complete this checklist that is to be submitted as the first page of a single PDF nomination: 


  1. A nomination letter must include a narrative of how this individual’s teaching has impacted UMKC. It should include innovative work in the support and delivery of the educational program (e.g., technological enhancements to assist medical students’ learning process).  Specific outcome measures such as publications, presentations, and funded grants will be considered. Anecdotes about the faculty member and ways in which he/she has influenced the education environment at UMKC should be included.
  2. Each nominator may name only one individual.
  3. Each nominator is encouraged to solicit additional letters of support for his/her nominee, not to exceed four (4) from others who have been influenced by or could attest to the contributions toward pre-clinical teaching of the nominee.
  4. For consideration, the nominee will need to provide his/her one- or two-page narrative describing education, teaching philosophy, and a CV showing  contributions to teaching, publications, presentations, and grants. The nominator must notify the nominee of the materials that the nominee needs to submit for consideration.

Prior Winners:

  • 2022 – Willard Morrow, V.M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2021 – James Wooten, Pharm. D.
  • 2020 – Darla McCarthy, Ph.D.
  • 2019 – Michael Wacker, Ph.D.
  • 2018 – Theodore Cole, Ph.D.
  • 2017 – Chris Papasian, Ph.D.