Steve Goodwin, recipient of the College of Health Sciences excellence in teaching award, with Associate Dean Susan Hall, left, and Dean Kathy Matt.

Committed to excellence

College of Health Sciences recognizes faculty for teaching, service and research


3:33 p.m., May 26, 2011--Steve Goodwin carries a heavy teaching load but still manages to get high marks from all of his students. Don Lehman doesn’t shy away from committee assignments and volunteer work. Bill Farquhar’s research programs have been supported by the National Institutes of Health for nearly a decade.

The three faculty members were recognized for their accomplishments on Wednesday, May 25, during a University of Delaware College of Health Sciences (CHS) awards ceremony at the Newark Country Club. Associate Dean Susan Hall conferred the awards and made brief remarks about each of the recipients. 

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Excellence in Teaching: Steve Goodwin

Goodwin, associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, earned top ratings from the students in the seven courses he taught during the 2010-11 academic year. In addition, he created a new course and led a highly successful study abroad program to South Africa. Goodwin also restructured the health and physical education curriculum to meet college and departmental needs and developed additional writing requirements within his own courses.   

“His level of effort in teaching is stellar,” Hall said, “as is his flexibility as a teacher.  Some of his classes are large, others are heavily involved in student engagement or discussion, and he teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. Throughout all the diverse modalities and student audiences he employs in teaching, he delivers not only quality instruction but also memorable experiences for students.  He is truly a gifted teacher and worthy of recognition.”

Excellence in Service: Don Lehman 

Lehman, associate professor in the Department of Medical Technology, is highly involved with service activities both within the University and professionally. At the beginning of the 2010 fall semester, he was a member of 10 committees at UD. In addition, he was invited to be one of three faculty assessment fellows to help the University prepare for a Middle States accreditation review. 

Lehman also played a critical role in the submission of documentation to the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, reviewing every syllabus and lecture and laboratory manual written by faculty in the department. 

At the national level, Lehman is active in the American Society for Microbiology and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

He is also involved in the community, serving as an event supervisor for the Delaware Science Olympiad at both the middle school and high school levels, and he is the department liaison for the Delaware Special Olympics healthy athlete wellness clinic sponsored by CHS. 

Excellence in Research: Bill Farquhar 

Farquhar, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, has been a successful researcher, securing a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R15 grant as a principal investigator and serving as a co‐investigator on several other NIH grants. 

“His research collaborations within the college are extensive,” Hall said, “including working with faculty members from nursing, medical technology, and physical therapy. His R15, funded continuously from 2004 to 2010, is unique in that it integrates undergraduate student research experiences within the project.”

Most recently, Farquhar teamed with Prof. David Edwards to submit an R01 grant proposal to NIH for a study to assess the vascular effects of dietary salt in humans with salt‐resistant blood pressure. The proposal scored in the second percentile and is slated for funding at a level of $1.5 million. 

“Bill is one of many highly talented researchers in our college,” Hall said. “However, I believe his scholarship efforts reflect diligent dedication to our mission, encompass team building collaborations, and foster undergraduate and graduate student learning.”

Article by Diane Kukich

Photos by Christian Derr

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