A number of private gifts to the University have been made in order to fund an award of $1,000.00 to a faculty member of Loma Linda University every two years in recognition of excellence in teaching on the university level. The purpose of the award is to call attention to the importance of teaching in the life of Loma Linda University and to honor a full-time faculty member every two years who exemplifies the finest traditions of education. The first award was presented at the Loma Linda University Education Conference and Faire 2008. The next award will be given in 2014 as part of the Faculty Development Showcase Week.
The Kinzer-Rice Award is named after two former faculty members in the School of Dentistry, Dr. Robert Kinzer, professor of restorative dentistry from 1983 until his death in 2005, and Dr. Bruce Rice, professor of oral medicine, 1954 to 1958. Both made important contributions to Loma Linda University, and both were outstanding teachers.
LLU students and faculty may nominate a full-time faculty member from LLU who exemplifies the award criteria.The Kinzer-Rice Award Committee--comprised of the two most recent award recipients and representatives from the schools, University Faculty Council, the Faculty Development Committee, and the Office of Educational Effectiveness--review the qualificiations of all nominees and select a recipient.
Presentation of Award
The recipient of the Kinzer-Rice Award is announced by the Provost during the Faculty Development Showcase Week. The faculty member is presented with an engraved medallion and check. A feature video on the recipient is also presented during the ceremony.
Past Award Recipients
The first faculty member to receive the Kinzer-Rice Award was Dr. Bertha Escobar-Poni, Associate Professor in the School of Medicine (2008). The 2010 recipient was Dr. Doyle Nick, Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry. The 2012 recipient was Dr. Willie Davis, Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy. The latest recipient is Dr. Eric Johnson, Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions (2014). View the feature videos for all four here.