Two Saint Louis University faculty members and alumni received Emerson’s 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award. The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards Program recognizes educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area annually for their leadership in and passion for teaching, their contributions to student learning, and their knowledge and creativity.
Matthew Grawitch, Ph.D. (A&S ’01, ’04) has exemplified teaching excellence through his dedication to graduate students at SLU’s School for Professional Studies, where his contributions have been acknowledged with the Faculty Teaching Award in 2011 and 2018.
He received the service-based SLU Star award in 2014 and the SLU Scholarly Works Award for 2016.
Recently, he played a pivotal role in the development of SPS’s Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Graduate Certificate – a first-of-its-kind program.
In under two years, Grawitch designed four courses that prepare students to critically evaluate evidence and serve as the research and ethics backbone for all six of SPS’s graduate programs. These courses, as evidenced through SPS’s annual learning outcome assessment, have positively impacted the students’ capacity to articulate strong arguments as part of their action research graduate capstone projects.TERESA NEAL
Teresa Neal is an assistant professor of clinical health sciences whose research interests include incorporating the use, design and management elements of the electronic health record in experiential learning activities.
“I was truly honored to be chosen by my peers,” Neal said. “I know that I am part of an amazing and supportive team of excellent educators at Saint Louis University.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an awards ceremony will not take place; however, a commemorative advertisement with awardees’ names will appear in the Sunday, Nov. 22, print edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Emerson honors educators ranging from kindergarten teachers to college professors. The recipients are selected by their educational institution and voted on by peers.