The annual awards sponsored by the USU Faculty Senate include the Carol J. Johns Medal, the Henry C. Wu Award for Excellence in Basic Research, the James J. Leonard Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, the Innovation in Teaching Awards, and the Appreciation Award
Carol J. Johns, M.D., Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was a long-time enthusiastic and effective supporter of the University. Dr. Johns worked for the health and survival of the University in numerous ways, and served as a member of the USU Board of Regents from 1985 until her death in 2000. A warm and gifted woman with remarkable personal humility and gentleness, Dr. Johns achieved the highest honors in academic medicine as a nationally recognized clinician, academician, and teacher. The University established an annual award in her name, the Carol J. Johns Medal. The Medal will honor the faculty member whose accomplishments emulate Dr. Johns spirit in: furthering the welfare and excellence of the USU faculty; promoting outstanding educational programs for the students; and, advancing the reputation of the University locally, nationally, and internationally. The Carol J. Johns Medal was presented for the first time during the 2001 USU Commencement Ceremonies.
Recipients of the Carol J. Johns Medal
The Leonard and Wu Awards for Excellence in Research recognize USU faculty members and AFRRI scientists who, in the estimation of their peers, have made the most significant published scientific contribution to translational/clinical and basic biomedical research respectively, during the past three years. Henry C. Wu was a professor in the Department of Microbiology and the second chair of the department. Dr. Wu was a staunch supporter of doctoral programs in the basic sciences and his enthusiasm for science inspired both colleagues and students. James J. Leonard was the founding chair of the Department of Medicine and was instrumental in establishing undergraduate clinical education at USU and graduate medical education programs at affiliated hospitals. Dr. Leonard's approach to medicine and his accessibility endeared him to students and colleagues.
The recipients of the Wu and Leonard awards present an Award Lecture during USU Research Week at the eponymous Symposia. Each award includes a memento and $2,500.
The USU Faculty Senate established two awards in 2009 to recognize innovation in preclinical teaching and innovation in clinical teaching. These awards honor faculty who exceeded the standards of teaching to improve the student experience. Each award consists of a certificate and $2500 to be used for future educational innovation. Awardees are selected by the USU Faculty Senate Education Committee from nominations received from faculty. Awards are presented at the annual Education Day luncheon.
This award was initiated by the Faculty Senate in 2005 to recognize an exceptional staff member for outstanding faculty support to help USU excel in research, teaching, or patient care, and for maintaining the culture of collegiality and professionalism at USU. A wall plaque that is engraved with the names of the award recipients is displayed in the lobby of Building B. Nominees are solicited from the Faculty Assembly and the recipient is selected by the Faculty Senate. This award can be given annually.