Awards for Outstanding Teaching Presented at Oath Ceremony

May 20, 2016

A Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty member and a Veterinary Technology Program staff member were honored Saturday, May 14, during the PVM Oath Ceremony, when they received awards for outstanding teaching. Dr. Jim Weisman (PU DVM '97), received the Weedon Faculty Recognition Award, and Pam Phegley, RVT (AS-VT '83, BS-VT 2001) was presented with the Elanco Veterinary Technology Outstanding Teaching Award.

The Weedon Faculty Recognition Award was established to honor the individual faculty member who has made the greatest contribution to members of the fourth-year veterinary class during their progress toward their DVM degrees. Dr. Weisman, who is a clinical assistant professor and director of Student Services, was selected by a vote of the DVM Class of 2016 members. After earning his Purdue DVM degree in 1997, Dr. Weisman worked in private practice for several years before joining the PVM faculty in 2008.

In presenting the award, Dean Willie Reed said Dr. Weisman has been dedicated to improving the PVM student experience. "Under his leadership, the Student Services Center has grown into a student-friendly, service-oriented resource for our students," Dean Reed said. "Dr. Weisman has worked with the members of this graduating class from their first day of First Year Orientation until today, helping them to navigate veterinary school and their transition into the next phase of their careers." Dr. Weisman has teaching responsibilities in several courses including the required course, Achieving Success in Private Practice, which he co-taught with Dr. Mark Hilton. "Through this course and through seminars that he has developed, Dr. Weisman strives to ensure that our students are prepared," Dean Reed said. "The Weedon Faculty Recognition Award is evidence of our graduating students' appreciation of Dr. Weisman's commitment to their success."

The Elanco Veterinary Technology Outstanding Teaching award recipient is selected based on a vote by the veterinary technology students, who are asked to consider several factors, including the teacher's: ability to clearly communicate course content to students; facilitate skill acquisition; motivate students; and demonstrate a continued willingness to facilitate student learning outside of the formal classroom, laboratory and/or clinic setting. In presenting the award, Dean Reed praised Pam Phegley for her role in teaching both on-campus and distance learning courses, while also serving as clinical rotation coordinator for the veterinary technology students. Pam earned her Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology in 1983 and then completed the Bachelor of Science degree program in 2001, while working full-time in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Dean Reed commended Pam for being a "…lifelong learner who is passionate about the veterinary technology profession." He noted, "Her open-door policy creates a welcoming environment for students and they can often be found in her office sharing their clinical rotation experiences." He concluded, "Her dedication to the College, the Veterinary Technology program, and our students is exemplary."

Congratulations to both award recipients!

Dean Willie Reed presents the Weedon Faculty Recognition Award to Dr. Jim Weisman.

Dean Willie Reed presents the Weedon Faculty Recognition Award to Dr. Jim Weisman.

Elanco Veterinary Technology Outstanding Teaching Award recipient Pam Phegley, RVT, with Dean Willie Reed and Elanco representative Tony Rumschlag (PU DVM ’85).

Elanco Veterinary Technology Outstanding Teaching Award recipient Pam Phegley, RVT, with Dean Willie Reed and Elanco representative Tony Rumschlag (PU DVM ’85).

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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