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Thank you to everyone who submitted a 2024 award nomination. The objective review and selection process will run through November.
The ASPPH Early Career Teaching Excellence Award recognizes a junior faculty member for outstanding teaching and mentoring of students toward distinction in public health research, teaching, and practice. The award is given annually to a full-time faculty member from an ASPPH-member, CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.

2023 Award Recipient

Elizabeth Armstrong-Mensah, PhD, MA

Georgia State University School of Public Health

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Criteria for Award


Nominations should include a description of the nominee’s outstanding contributions in:

  • Demonstration of innovative leadership for enhancing excellence, health equity, and inclusiveness in early career academic public health teaching.
  • Mentoring students at the baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and/or post-doctoral levels.
  • Teaching outside one’s university, including continuing education programs, short courses, and programs for the general public.
  • Innovative teaching-related contributions to one’s field, such as textbooks and other teaching materials.
  • Publications and/or presentations on teaching methodology.
  • Leadership, appropriate to the stage of the candidate’s career, to improve teaching and mentoring within CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health.

Eligibility


Nominees must be full-time faculty from an ASPPH-member, CEPH-accredited school or program of public health. View the list of ASPPH-member institutions. The nominee must:

Hold a primary appointment in an ASPPH-member school or program of public health; and

Demonstrate a notable record of success (minimum five years, maximum 10 years in graduate and/or undergraduate public health education) in educating baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and/or post-doctoral students. 

Required Materials


All nominations must contain the following materials: 

  • Nominee and nominator contact information; 
  • Overview statement of nominee’s contributions (limit 800 words); 
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae; and 
  • Two additional letters of support. 

Award Details


$1,000 Cash Prize

Complimentary registration for ASPPH Annual Meeting

Recognition at the Awards Ceremony

Objective Review & Selection


Each nomination is assigned to an objective review and selection committee for that award. The committee is comprised of previous awardees, ASPPH Section leaders, and those nominated by their Dean to participate. Nominations are scored on the following criteria: 

  • Overall Rating (5=high, 1=low) 
  • The work (research/practice/teaching) conducted by this candidate has promising implications for improving public health (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree) 
  • Strength of the letters of support (5=very strong, 1=very weak) 
  • Strength of candidate’s experience (CV) (5=very strong, 1=very weak) 

All scores and comments are compiled, the candidates ranked, and a summary report is sent to the committee for review. ASPPH and the committee will discuss each nomination and determine the awardee.  

 A Zoom meeting is scheduled with the ASPPH Program manager and committee to discuss each nomination and determine the awardee.  

Past Winners


2022

Elizabeth Walker, PhD, MPH, MAT

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

2021

Jonathan Garcia, PhD

Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences

2020

Leah C. Neubauer, EdD, MA

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Program in Public Health

2019

Amy Webb-Girard, PhD

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

2018

Dabney P. Evans PhD, MPH

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

2017

Jessica H. Leibler, DrPH, ScM

Boston University School of Public Health

2016

Kate Winskell, PhD

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

20142015

Freda Patterson, PhD, MS

Temple University College of Public Health

2013

Mohammed K. Ali, MBChB, MSc, MBA

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

2012

Juan Leon, PhD, MPH

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

2011

Sophie Godley, MPH

Boston University School of Public Health

2010

John McGready, PhD

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2009

Karen McDonnell, PhD

George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

2008

Peter A. Muennig, MD, MPH

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

2007

Rob Stephenson, PhD, MSc

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health