E.W. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

The School of Medicine's E.W. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding faculty educators. All University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine faculty members are eligible, within the guidelines below. Selection of the award winner will be made following the comprehensive review of supporting materials submitted by the nominees. View the Memorandum for more information.

  1. Eligibility
    1. All full-time faculty with a minimum of five years teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.
    2. Winner must be present at the Dean's Dinner on May 18, 2017, to accept the award.
    3. The most recent awardee will be serving on the award selection committee, and therefore is not eligible for nomination.
  2. Nominations
    Any faculty member may nominate a candidate including him or herself. Nominations will be accepted until the close of business on January 13, 2017.
  3. Supporting Materials (Required)
    Faculty nominees are required to present the review committee with documentation of teaching activities based on the guidelines below. Materials may be submitted electronically.
    1. CV of the last 2 years (maximum length: 5 pages)
    2. Letter of recommendation from department chairperson
    3. Additional letters of recommendation (2 minimum, not including letter of nomination) from faculty peers, documenting teaching quality for at least 5 years at the School of Medicine. At least one evaluation must be from a peer in the candidate's department.
    4. Overview of teaching:
      1. Courses taught, including course or clerkship numbers
      2. Modes of contact with students (classroom, clinical setting, laboratory, etc.) and percentage of time spent in each mode
    5. Documentation of teaching quality for at least 3 years obtained from evaluations from resident physicians, medical students, graduate students, undergraduate students, clinical laboratory science students, and/or Speech Pathology/Audiology students. Upon request, OME will compile a packet of your medical student evaluations and electronically forward to the selection committee.
  4. Supplemental Materials (Recommended)
    1. Professional development activities (teaching-related workshops, trainings attended/taught)
    2. Involvement on student committees
    3. Courses developed or refined

About E.W. "Rich" Richardson

E.W. "Rich" Richardson was an outstanding American who lead an extraordinary life.

As a bomber pilot and squadron commander with the 15th air force in Italy during WWII, captain was shot down over Vienna on March 22, 1945 on this 44th mission—one mission short of his promotion to major. He was then taken prisoner and sent to a Prisoner of War camp near Munich. Later in the year, the camp was liberated by General George Patton's Third Army.

After his military service, Richardson returned home and built a network of successful car dealerships in the southwest. He gave back to his community by supporting a number of health and educational organizations.

In his gratitude for the education his daughter, Dr. Patrice Richardson '81, received at the School of Medicine he established the E.W. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is the most distinguished teaching award at the School of Medicine. It represent the highest standard of achievement in teaching excellence and educational scholarship. Dr. Richardson has generously continued support of the fund in memory of her father.