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ASPPH Early Career Teaching Excellence Award

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.

2022 Winner

Elizabeth Walker, PhD, MPH, MAT

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Elizabeth Walker is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences (BSHES) at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Walker teaches several courses, including research methods, qualitative methods, and a mental health elective for Masters of Public Health students and a doctoral-level course on teaching in public health. In her courses, she strives to create an inclusive classroom in which students are actively engaged in shaping their learning. In the summer of 2020, Dr. Walker was selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of the Emory Arts and Social Justice (ASJ) Fellowship, which pairs instructors and artists in order to foster discussions on racial justice, merge art and learning to inspire collective action, and create an artistic project.

As the Assistant Director of the Office of Evidence-based Learning, Dr. Walker conducts scholarship in public health pedagogy and supports instructors in implementing effective teaching practices as they train future public health professionals. Dr. Walker’s scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research uses mixed-methods to examine training across schools of public health and expand the evidence base for innovations in public health pedagogy. Her SoTL work has been published in several journals, including Pedagogy in Health Promotion and the American Journal of Public Health. She has also presented at national and regional conferences and led trainings based on her SoTL research.

Additionally, Dr. Walker is the Director of Evaluation for the Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, which provides training and technical assistance to mental health providers in the eight southeast states. Her work focuses on evaluating and supporting capacity building for the mental health workforce, which involves engaging with a variety of stakeholders, including patients, providers, and state mental health leaders. Dr. Walker also brings her background in evidence-based pedagogy and curriculum design to inform the development and implementation the Center’s trainings.

Dr. Walker received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and her MPH and PhD from Emory University. Prior to joining the BSHES faculty in 2016, she was a FIRST (Fellows in Research and Science Teaching) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health.