11/20/2009

Ruth Kershner wins CASE award

Recognizes best undergraduate teachers in the country

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Ruth Kershner, associate professor in the West Virginia University Department of Community Medicine, who was selected as West Virginia's Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), was honored by Christopher Colenda, M.D, chancellor for WVU Health Sciences.

Colenda presented Kershner with a Mountaineer statue at a reception held Friday (Nov. 20) in his office.

Kershner is one of 38 U.S. Professors of the Year, a program which salutes the most outstanding undergraduate educators in the country. WVU has had 17 honorees in the 29 years since the program began in 1981.

“The WVU Health Sciences Center is fortunate to have an individual who has such a passion for educating the next generation of healthcare professionals to not only be excellent clinicians but excellent human beings as well,” Dr. Colenda said. “Her work in public health not only improves the lives of students but those of the state, the country and the world.”

Kershner, who earned her master of science and doctor of education degrees at WVU, teaches in the undergraduate, graduate and public health programs within the WVU School of Medicine's Department of Community Medicine. She is especially interested in women’s health and, specifically, sexual assault prevention and violence against women.
 
She has presented at local, state, national and international conferences about violence in the lives of women and numerous other health-related topics and has received several awards for her teaching skills and service-related efforts.

CASE is the largest international association of education institutions, serving nearly 3,400 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 59 countries. It is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of educational fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.
 

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For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
jonesan@wvuh.com
asj: 11-20-09

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