CU has added two faculty members to the ranks of the President’s Teaching Scholars, the roster of educators who skillfully integrate teaching and research at an exceptional level.
The title signifies CU’s highest recognition of excellence in and commitment to learning and teaching, as well as active, substantial contributions to scholarly work. CU President Bruce D. Benson solicits annual nominations of faculty across the four campuses for the designation, which is a lifetime appointment.
The 2016 President’s Teaching Scholar designees are:
- Jeannette Guerrasio, M.D., Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus
- Andrew Martin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
Jeannette Guerrasio is an outstanding teacher of students, residents, faculty and health professionals, sharing knowledge in classrooms as well as at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). The director of Resident and Medical Student Remediation for both undergraduate and graduate medical education, she is an international leader in identification and remediation of struggling learners. Guerrasio developed and implemented the clinical remediation program for medical students and residents at the CU School of Medicine, and played a critical role in the development of the faculty involved in the remediation program. Her research explores understanding and early identification of at-risk learners and remediation methods and outcomes. Her first book is widely recognized as the leading reference on remediation.
In her hospital role, Guerrasio is committed to the clinical care of hospitalized patients, with a focus on inpatient geriatrics. She has contributed to several projects at UCH to improve geriatric assessments and to decrease delirium, functional decline and urinary tract infections in this vulnerable population.
Andrew Martin is an innovative, highly effective educator who helps faculty in his department and beyond to transform teaching, encouraging experimentation with methods to better engage students. He has sponsored and led several workshops on varying teaching methods, emphasizing the need to collect and analyze data about such changes. Martin mentors graduate, undergraduate and high school students in his laboratory. He also brings his expertise into the community, leading outreach activities with teachers from the Boulder Valley School District and others.
An outstanding evolutionary biologist with a rich publication record and strong track record in acquiring grant funding, Martin’s research is in the field of evolutionary genetics, working to assemble evolutionary trees that are used to test ecological and evolutionary hypotheses. These methods in turn help address conservation concerns about endangered species such as the desert pupfish and greenback cutthroat trout, providing valuable insight into the composition of microbial communities.