Robert J. Kadner Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching

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Robert J. Kadner Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching

Award: $1,500 and membership in the Academy of Distinguished Educators

Deadline:  June 23, 2014

Purpose:  This award was established in honor of Robert J. Kadner, PhD, Norman J. Knorr Professor of Microbiology, who served as the senior founding Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Educators until his death in August of 2005.   Robert Kadner devoted his 35-year career at the University of Virginia to the pursuit of outstanding teaching, training and mentorship of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young faculty.   This award recognizes faculty in the School of Medicine who have made outstanding and long-standing contributions to teaching and mentoring PhD candidates and/or postdoctoral fellows with MD or PhD degrees pursuing careers in basic and/or clinical laboratory research.

Who is eligible? Nominees must be faculty members of the School of Medicine with a rank of Associate Professor or above, who are engaged in basic or clinical laboratory research, been a faculty member at University of Virginia for at least 5 years, and demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching in both the classroom and laboratory setting.  Faculty members who have received the Kadner Teaching Award within the last 3 years are not eligible.

Who may nominate? The primary nominator must be a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or clinical fellow.

Selection Process: The Selection Committee is composed of the following individuals:

  • One of the Chairs of the Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE) Steering Committee
  • Three (3) ADE members from basic science departments and two (2) ADE members from clinical departments, all of whom are actively involved in basic science or clinical laboratory research. These five individuals must have primary appointments in different departments.
  • Two (2) members from the Executive Committee of the Graduate Biosciences Society

The nomination packet should include: (please adhere to page limits)

  • Primary nominating letter from a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or clinical fellow (1 page)
  • "Executive summary" from a faculty member evaluating the nominee's teaching/mentoring.  It is recommended that the nominating student contact another faculty member who knows the nominee's teaching/mentoring (1 page limit).
  • Up to 3 additional letters/testimonials from trainees (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows) (1 page limit per letter)
  • Please send the nomination as a SINGLE PDF file to Dr. Tim Bender by June 23, 2014.


Upon receipt of the nominations, the Selection Committee will solicit the following documents from the nominee:

  • Reflective teaching statement/philosophy (1 page limit)
  • Teaching portfolio (only those sections that are most applicable to the nominee's teaching activities/outcomes)
  • These are due by July 7, 2014 and should be sent to Dr. Tim Bender.


Questions? Please contact Dr. Tim Bender, Professor of Microbiology:;  924-1246.

Award Presentation: The award winners will be announced by the Dean

Kadner Award Recipients

2014 Kadner Award Recipient:

Robert K. Nakamoto, PhD

Professor of Molecular Physiology

and Biological Physics


2013 Kadner Award Recipient:

J. David Castle, PhD
Professor of Cell Biology


2012 Kadner Award Recipient:

David T. Auble, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics


2011 Kadner Award Recipient:

Douglas W. DeSimone, PhD
Professor of Cell Biology


2010 Kadner Award Recipient:

Judith M. White, PhD
Professor of Cell Biology


2009 Kadner Award Recipient:

Amy H. Bouton, PhD
Professor of Microbiology

2008 Kadner Award Recipient:

Victor H. Engelhard, PhD
Professor of Microbiology

2007 Kadner Award Recipient:

Kodi Ravichandran, PhD
Professor of Microbiology


2006 Kadner Award Recipient:

Suzanne M. Moenter, PhD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine


Thank you for helping us recognize and appreciate the outstanding teachers/mentors among us!

Read about the creation of this award & the legacy of Dr. Robert Kadner.

Sponsored by the Academy of Distinguished Educators.