Outstanding Teaching

PVM Awards for Outstanding Teaching

PVM Excellence in Teaching Award

Download the PVM Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination Package (pdf)


Due: March 1, 2023 - Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Eligibility: All PVM faculty members who have been involved in teaching and education of veterinary students, veterinary technology students, medical students, undergraduate and graduate students, interns, and residents in the College of Veterinary Medicine are eligible. Recipients of the award shall be ineligible for reconsideration for the following 5 years.

Purpose: To honor faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine with consistent dedication and excellence in teaching and education of veterinary students, veterinary technology students, medical students, undergraduate and graduate students, interns and residents who have positively impacted students and faculty.

Criteria for selection: The faculty member should have demonstrated excellence in teaching at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine as evidenced by: creative endeavor for improving methods of imparting knowledge and improving the process of learning; having a positive impact on students; and helping other faculty and/or staff to become better teachers. The faculty member should have demonstrated sustained service to the College of Veterinary Medicine through participation in committees, meetings, support of College programs etc. Any faculty member who meets the eligibility criteria may be nominated by a fellow faculty member or Department Head/Director for consideration by the Screening Committee. The Dean, Associate or Assistant Deans may not nominate colleagues.

Nominations are due in the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs by March 1, 2022. The nomination document should not exceed 6 pages with no smaller than 12-point font and no less than 1-inch margins. The nomination document should include all of the following:

  1. A narrative explaining the evidence of teaching excellence
  2. A summary the nominee’s teaching assignments for the past 5 years
  3. A summary of student and peer teaching evaluations
  4. Scholarship of teaching and learning
  5. Leadership activities related to teaching
  6. Teaching-related honors and awards
  7. Involvement in extracurricular student activities.

The nominee’s Curriculum Vitae should be submitted with the nomination (not included in the 6 page limit).

Recent awardees include:

Raymond E. Plue Outstanding Teacher Award

Due: by March 1, 2023

Purpose: To reward individuals who are outstanding teachers, scholars and role models for students.

Eligibility: Any teacher who instructed DVM students is eligible for nomination (selection is not limited to DVM program faculty). The recipient must be teaching at the university at the time the award is to be presented.

Criteria for selection: Nomination will be based on an evaluation of the individual in the following areas:

  1. Reasonable consideration of the prospective recipient's honesty, integrity, gentleness, humility, humanity, and empathy for the student, client, and animal.
  2. Recipient's understanding of the importance of his or her attitudes on a student's learning.
  3. Recipient's effort at instilling professionalism in students.
  4. Recipient's willingness to always make time for fostering questioning by students.
  5. Recipient's competency as a principal research investigator interfacing basic sciences and clinics; recipient should be actively conducting research in the field in which he or she teaches.
  6. Recipient’s ability to teach the fundamentals of research design and methodology.
  7. Recipient's ability to demonstrate up-to-date knowledge and enthusiasm for his or her area of science.
  8. Recipient's effectiveness as a role model for lifetime learning.
  9. Recipient's ability to instill enthusiasm in students in their disciplines, encourage and instill a love for lifetime learning and advocate advanced degree work.

More in-depth information about this award can be in the following documents.
Faculty Document for the Raymond E. Plue Award (PDF)
Nomination Form (PDF) (Only alumni in the five most recent DVM graduating classes are eligible to submit a nomination)

Click Here to Submit Your Nomination Electronically

Past recipients include:

Alumni Faculty Award for Excellence

To nominate an eligible PVM faculty member, Download Nomination Form

Due: Nominations are due Friday, March 1, 2023 - Dean's Office

Eligibility: All voting members of the Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty are eligible. Award recipients are ineligible for reconsideration.

Purpose: This award recognizes voting Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty members for excellence in research, scholarship and creative endeavors, instruction and public and professional services and relations.

Criteria for Selection: Any number of eligible faculty members may be nominated to the Selection Committee. Selection is based on the judged performances and contributions in one or more of the following:

  • Research, scholarly, or creative endeavors
  • Instruction and related activities
  • Public and professional services and relations

Nominations are due March 1, 2022. Only nominations made by PVM voting faculty will be considered. A selection committee makes the final choice and the award is presented at the Awards Celebration during the annual Purdue Veterinary Medicine Fall Conference for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians in September. The nomination should include written documentation of evidence of excellence in the category(ies) identified. It is appropriate to include a current curriculum vitae of the nominee, but this should not be the only written documentation in support of "excellence." There should be a summary of accomplishments and recognitions, and an explanation of how these accomplishments support the concept of excellence.

Past awardees include:

  • Dr. Steve Adams
  • Dr. Harold Amstutz
  • Dr. Eli Asem
  • Dr. William Blevins
  • Dr. Richard Borgens
  • Dr. Gerald Bottoms
  • Dr. Jim Callahan
  • Dr. William Carlton
  • Dr. John A. Christian
  • Dr. Robert Claflin
  • Dr. Kirk Clark
  • Dr. Ann Weil
  • Dr. Gordon Coppoc
  • Dr. Donald Gustafson
  • Dr. Edward Hinsman
  • Dr. Larry Horstman
  • Dr. Kevin Kazacos
  • Dr. Deborah Knapp
  • Dr. Gary Lantz
  • Dr. Roger Lukens
  • Dr. Al Rebar
  • Dr. Kathleen Salisbury
  • Dr. Leon Thacker
  • Dr. John Van Vleet
  • Dr. Roland Winterfield
  • Dr. Laurent Couetil
  • Dr. Larry Adams
  • Dr. Nickie Baird

Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award

Purpose: This award recognizes an outstanding teacher who demonstrates superior ability in communicating the chosen material to students and stimulates their desire to master the material. This teacher will also recognize his/her teaching responsibility does not stop at the classroom door, and therefore, will be ready to aid and motivate students in a counseling and advisory capacity, either formally or informally.

Ballots are due in March.

Recent awardees include:

Weedon Faculty Recognition Award

Purpose: This award is for an PVM faculty member who has been most helpful to the senior class in their pursuit of the degree, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Nominations are due in March.

Recent awardees include:

Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award

Purpose: This award recognizes outstanding instructors who, through their ability, dedication, character, and leadership, contribute significantly to the advancement of the profession of veterinary medicine.

Ballots are due March.

Recent awardees include:

Elanco Veterinary Technology Outstanding Teaching Award

Purpose: This awarded honors a staff veterinary nurse, teaching technologist, graduate student, intern, resident, or faculty member within the College of Veterinary Medicine who has taught students in class, labs, and/or clinical rotations and who demonstrates the ability to clearly communicate course content to students, facilitates skill acquisition, motivates students, demonstrates a continued willingness to facilitate student learning outside the formal classroom, laboratory, and/or clinic setting, is willing to counsel and mentor students, and provides a positive role model to students.

Recent awardees include:

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