Gail Jenkins Teaching and Mentoring Award

On March 23, 2016 the anatomy and physiology community lost one of their finest, Gail W. Jenkins.

Gail was a dynamic and engaging instructor of anatomy & physiology and avid supporter of HAPS and its goals. Her death has left a hole in the hearts of many - her colleagues at Montgomery College, her publishing colleagues at Wiley, her HAPSter colleagues, her family and many friends. Gail loved teaching, and most of all, she loved being able to bring clarity to often difficult concepts for students to grasp. One of her favorite phrases with students was, "Let's KISS this". It means - let's "Keep it Simple, Sweetie". When faced with a challenging concept, Gail would help her students KISS the topic by employing everyday analogies and/or props to visualize or un-pack the information. She provided a simple foundation on which the students could build and remember their newly acquired knowledge. No one got more use out of an old tube of toothpaste, a hot dog, a big red balloon, or a plate of chocolate chip cookies! Her students loved her for it.

In Gail's honor, Wiley publishers in partnership with HAPS has established the Gail Jenkins Teaching and Mentoring Award. This is an annual award for a HAPS member who demonstrates use of engaging learning activities to help students truly understand and retain the more difficult Anatomy and Physiology concepts with kinesthetic and active learning strategies using inexpensive everyday props. The award is also designed to recognize those willing to mentor other instructors to also incorporate active learning to benefit more students.

Wiley has committed to funding this award for five years beginning with the 2017 award. Award recipient must attend the HAPS Annual Conference General Meeting to receive the award and must present a workshop during the Conference workshop sessions.

Award: Cash award of $1,000. Annual HAPS Conference registration fee is waived.

Applicants must:

  1. Be a HAPS member in good standing at time of application, with an expectation that he/she will continue as a HAPS member.
  2. Be teaching an A&P course (broadly defined) in the current academic year, with an expectation that he/she will continue as an A&P instructor going forward.
  3. Provide a brief explanation of how he/she incorporates engaging learning activities into their classes, especially those involving active student participation and innovative use of common props to help their students understand the topic.
  4. Provide an abstract for the workshop he/she would present at HAPS (if selected) in order to share some of these activity ideas.
  5. Provide a letter of recommendation from a colleague, department chair or appropriate administrator with direct knowledge of applicant's teaching methods and student interactions.
  6. If possible, preference will be given to those also clearly demonstrating the spirit of sharing and promoting their active learning approach with fellow instructors at their own school and/or mentoring new and part-time instructors.