Indiana University School of Medicine believes that honoring outstanding teaching, research, and service is an important part of our culture.

Campus-wide Awards

IU School of Medicine faculty are eligible for a variety of campus-wide awards in teaching, civic engagement, diversity, mentoring, and research conferred by IUPUI.


Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award

The Indiana University School of Medicine created the Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award in 2018 to recognize a professional staff employee who demonstrates a contribution to faculty assistance, coaching and/or development. Support of the success of faculty in the IU School of Medicine is of paramount importance. This award encourages and reinforces behaviors that support faculty success. This award is in recognition of the support model demonstrated by Deb Cowley during her tenure at IU School of Medicine. The school will support up to two awards annually. Awards will be funded through Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, and Diversity.

Nomination Due: Saturday May 18th, 2019

Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Awards

Mentoring among faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine is a crucial element in sustaining a vital faculty community, promoting faculty development and increasing faculty retention.  The creation of two annual “Excellence in Faculty Mentoring” awards at IU School of Medicine underscores the commitment to endorse mentoring within our faculty.  The purpose is to recognize the outstanding mentoring efforts of one clinical and one basic science faculty member each year who actively mentor other faculty members and learners. These prestigious awards acknowledge the time sacrifice and dedication faculty mentors devote to foster the career development and academic success of colleagues and learners in the areas of research, education, service and clinical practice. These awards allow the IU School of Medicine to honor and celebrate the valuable efforts of faculty mentors who embody the spirit of mentoring.

Nomination Due: Saturday June 1st, 2019

Exemplar of Professionalism: Honor Roll

Indiana University School of Medicine has an extraordinary community of colleagues and the Exemplar of Professionalism Honor Roll is an exciting new award to recognize those at the school who embody the core values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity and cooperation. Celebrating positive role models who uphold the IU School of Medicine Honor Code in their daily interactions, the Exemplar designation is designed to recognize faculty, residents, fellows, students and staff members.

Recipients will receive an accolade from IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, a lapel pin signifying their membership in the Honor Roll, a feature on the learning environment website and will be honored annually at the White Coat Ceremony.


Inspirational Educator Award

The purpose of the inspirational educator award is to recognize faculty who inspire their learners and motivate them to work hard and achieve more than they thought possible on their own. This prestigious award acknowledges the time and dedication faculty take to be exceptional teachers. Honorees are consistently noted for their teaching effectiveness, commitment to learning and passion for biomedical education. Long after their experience with faculty members of this caliber, learners still recall the impact that they had on their own education, and passion for medicine and/or research. These awards allow IU School of Medicine to honor and celebrate the valuable efforts of educators who motivate and inspire others.

Nomination Due: Saturday June 1st, 2019

Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Staff Award

The Indiana University School of Medicine is sponsoring an award to recognize staff employees who demonstrate outstanding reliability in the execution of duties without expectation of recognition. This award encourages and reinforces the IU School of Medicine core values of cooperation and excellence. This award will be named “The Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Award” in recognition of the contributions made by Lynn Wakefield during her tenure at IU School of Medicine.

Nomination Due: Saturday May 18th, 2019

Mark Brothers Award

Dr. and Mrs. Guey C. Mark created the endowed Mark Brothers Lectureship to recognize nationally and internationally renowned medical scientists of Asian descent. The Mark Brothers Award was established in 1997 in honor of Dr. Mark’s brothers, who immigrated from Canton and settled in South Bend, Indiana, where they built a successful restaurant business. The brothers, because of their reverence and respect for higher education, supported their youngest brother, Dr. Mark, in his pursuit of a career in medicine. The award is presented annually and consists of a plaque and a prize of $4,000. Dr. Mark was a member of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Class of 1954 and he passed away August 4, 2010.

Nomination Due: Saturday November 3rd, 2018

Outstanding Community Engagement Award

The Faculty Community Relations Committee (FCRC) Award for Outstanding Community Engagement was established to recognize and encourage exceptional community engagement by Indiana University School of Medicine faculty in activities such as, but not limited to, volunteerism, community-based learning or research, outreach, partnerships, and curricular engagement.

Nomination Due: Saturday June 1st, 2019

Scholar Educator Award

The purpose of the scholar educator award is to recognize faculty who go beyond simply teaching and approach education in a scholarly manner. This prestigious award acknowledges faculty who approach teaching and learning from a scholarly lens. Honorees are consistently noted for their teaching effectiveness, commitment to learning, educational leadership, scholarly activity related to teaching and learning, and passion for biomedical education. These awards allow the IU School of Medicine to honor and celebrate the scholarly contributions of educators.

Nomination Due: Saturday June 1st, 2019

Steven C. Beering Award

The Indiana University School of Medicine Steven C. Beering Award honors an internationally recognized individual for outstanding research contributions to the advancement of biomedical or clinical science. The Beering Award was established in 1983, honoring the important contributions Dr. Beering made to the IU School of Medicine as its dean from 1974 to 1983. Dr. Beering was the youngest dean appointed to the School of Medicine. He went on to become the president of Purdue University, serving until his retirement on August 14th, 2000. The creation of the award was announced on June 24th, 1983 and the award is presented annually and consists of a medal and a prize of $25,000. Seven of the past Beering Award recipients have become Nobel laureates, either before or after receipt of this award.

Nomination Due: Friday November 2nd, 2018

Trustees’ Teaching Award

Each year the Indiana University Board of Trustees recognizes faculty excellence in teaching through a program known as the Trustees’ Teaching Awards. Excellence in teaching is the primary factor for selection. We anticipate that approximately 50 outstanding Indiana University School of Medicine teachers will receive the award this year. We need your help identifying IU School of Medicine’s best teachers.

Nomination Due: Friday January 18th, 2019

University Distinguished Professorship & Teaching Awards

University-wide awards for distinguished professorships, teaching awards, and outstanding service contributions are conferred by the Office of University Ceremonies.


Jessica Leising

Executive Administrative Assistant