Kristen Keefe Receives U of U Distinguished Teaching Award
Apr 17, 2017 4:12 PM
Dr. Kristen Keefe Awarded the 2017 University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award
Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Keefe, PhD for being awarded the 2017 U of U Distinguished Teaching Award!
Dr. Keefe held both offices of Interim Dean and faculty in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, in the 2016-2017 academic year. She will be receiving this well-deserved award at the general commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 4th at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The $5,000 award honors significant contributions to University's teaching mission made by faculty who have completed eight or more years of service. Recipients are nominated for outstanding teaching performance, implementing effective and innovative teaching methods, and demonstrating exceptional abilities to motivate student learning and to prepare them for a career.
“She is passionate about what she teaches and she knows it backwards and forwards. She is so intuitive on how students are understanding the material and can teach according to their needs so well,” remarked one of Keefe’s students. “In addition, she goes through extra lengths to provide additional readings and fun practice problems to help students understand her lectures.”
Her teaching evaluations are routinely outstanding and her classes are highly sought after, but most noteworthy is that Dr. Keefe led the taskforce that was charged with the complete overhaul and redevelopment of the curriculum for the professional pharmacy curriculum in our college. As part of the redesign of the curriculum, Dr. Keefe insured that active learning, experiential learning, and inter-professional training are critical elements of the curriculum.
The College of Pharmacy began the implementation of this curriculum revision last year with the incoming first year pharmacy class. Assessments of the first-year experience were uniformly positive by both faculty and students alike and it is clear already that the revisions implemented by Dr. Keefe and the team she led will be a positive experience for all involved.
In addition to this great honor, she will be awarded The Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver College of Pharmacy Recognition Award on Tuesday, May 16th for her extraordinary service to the state of Utah and the College.