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Dr. Kordula Receives the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award September 2009.
Dr. Tomasz Kordula received the School of Medicine’s highest award for excellence in teaching at the 11th Annual Faculty Excellence Awards Program on September 23, 2009.
"Dr. Kordula has vast, diverse and complex teaching experiences that span the entire spectrum of higher education, ranging from undergraduates, small discussion groups, graduate and medical students and postdoctoral fellows," said Dr. Sarah Spiegel, Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. "He has made notable contributions to the development of the highest standard of education both within and outside of the classroom."
"There is no question that Tomek is an outstanding teacher," commended Robert F. Diegelmann, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. "He demonstrates his excellence in teaching in the Medical Biochemistry course, as well as in the IOC 503 'super course." Student comments include: "incredibly engaging and enjoyable lecture style," "clearly enthusiastic about teaching," "excellent, very interactive, clear, easy to follow," and "great presenter and did a good job of putting challenging topics in layman's terms." Added a former graduate student, "He is one of the best teachers I have ever encountered. His lectures in molecular biology were spectacular and I only wished they never ended."
"In a research intensive environment like ours, it is easy to lose sight of the major reason we area here: to educate the next generation of biomedical researchers and health care workers," added Dr. Barbour. "Dr. Kordula should be commended on his dedication to this noble profession. The Faculty Teaching Excellence Award is an appropriate way to reward him for his efforts."