Dr. Ken Lawson, associate professor of pharmacy administration, and Martin Donavon, a teaching assistant in the division of pharmaceutics, were honored recently when they were named recipients of the Texas Excellence Teaching Awards.
The awards were presented at the annual college-wide winter social on Nov. 19.
Lawson, teaches the "Pharmacy and the Healthcare System" course. A member of the college the faculty since 1992, he serves as faculty advisor for the UT chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APhA-ASP) and as member-at-large for the APhA's Section on Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences (ESAS). He earned his B.S. in pharmacy the UT Austin in 1974 and practiced in a hospital and community pharmacy setting until he returned to graduate school. He earned his M.S. in 1989 and his Ph.D. in 1992.
His current research activities focus on factors affecting the utilization and costs of prescription medications and other health care services. In addition, he is involved in research to evaluate the effects of educational interventions.
One student nominee wrote: "He is very passionate about what he teaches and about the students," while another submitted, "He makes the classroom environment very open so that any student can ask a question or voice an opinion."
Martin Donovan is the teaching assistant for the class, "Physical and Chemical Principles of Drugs" taught by Dr. Maria Croyle. He works in the research lab of Dr. Hugh Smyth.
Students saluted him as always being available to host extra office hours to accommodate students' schedules.
One nominee wrote, "He aided my understanding of the material to the point that I went from failing the first exam to getting A+ on the final two exams." Another said, "He sacrificed his time and patience to make sure we all left his review session with the confidence to tackle an upcoming test."
In 1982, the Texas Exes Teaching Awards were developed to acknowledge distinguished professors. In 1991, the award was expanded to recognize outstanding teaching assistants. Today, the Texas Exes Association honors a professor and a teaching assistant from every college and school at the university with this award.The awards are designed is to promote quality teaching at UT by publicly recognizing professors and teaching assistants who have had a positive influence on the educational experience of university students. Student government organizations within each college run the program that includes nominations and voting for both awards.