AHS Honors and Recognition

The AHS College Awards, Staff of Merit Award and Excalibur Awards for Teaching Excellence are annual award programs that recognize AHS faculty and staff for excellence across various areas.

2021-22 recipients

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    Urban Initiatives

    Community Partner Award

    Their engagement, collaboration and support enabled important programs to continue despite limitations imposed by the pandemic.

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    Erika Chavez

    Humanitarian of the Year Award

    A daughter of immigrants, first-generation college graduate and life-long Chicagoan, Erika's mission is to help advance justice, equity and opportunity for all of its residents.

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    Glenn Hedman

    Outstanding Academic Leadership Award

    An advocate for state-of-the-art solution for people with disabilities, Dr. Hedman has helped create the largest mobile assistive technology service delivery program in the country.

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    Tomer Kanan

    Educator of the Year Award

    Dr. Kanan’s outstanding dedication and excellence as a professor is best expressed in a thank you video from his students that went viral with over 1.6 million likes and 11,000 comments.

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    Susan Magasi

    Researcher of the Year Award

    Deeply commited to social justice for people with disabilities, Dr. Magasi has created a unique model of collaboration to create knowledge translation products that communicate research findings to key stakeholders.

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    David Marquez

    Professor of the Year Award

    Dr. Marquez is an internationally respected researcher, gifted teacher and committed volunteer with sustained excellence within these three domains throughout his career.

AHS Staff Award of Merit

The AHS Staff Award of Merit recognizes outstanding AHS civil service and academic professionals who exhibit service, commitment and dedication. The nomination and selection process is directed by the AHS Staff Council.

2021-22 recipient

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    Amanda Aitken

    Staff Award of Merit

    Amanda embodies the characteristics of a leader, with a superior and unwavering commitment to the university. Her interpersonal and communication skills are unparalleled.

Excalibur Award for Teaching Excellence

Each year the AHS Student Council presents the Excalibur Award for Teaching Excellence to one faculty member from each AHS department/program, chosen from nominations made by the graduating students of that program. The award is presented to teachers who are role models in their professions, who provide encouragement for learning in the classroom or clinical setting, who help guide students in the achievement of their goals, and who are supportive of the students’ individual efforts.

2021-22 recipients

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