Shannon Barker, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and the program's undergraduate program director, has earned two awards for excellence in teaching from the University of Virginia—the Provost's "All-University Teaching Award" and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation's "Hartfield Excellence in Teaching Award." While Dr. Barker is not the only department faculty member to win both awards—William Guilford and Timothy Allen have done so as well—she is the only one to win both in a single year.

The All-University Teaching Award, said the UVA Provost’s Office on its website, is reserved for “the most dedicated, passionate, creative, and equity-minded instructors who significantly and meaningfully contribute to the University’s teaching mission.” This year, nine faculty across the University were selected for this coveted and competitive award. The UVA Today news outlet cites as a factor in her selection Barker’s success in creating a curriculum to promote empathy in engineering in a humanitarian setting: UVA Awards Outstanding Teachers, Citing Empathy, Technology and Collaboration.

The Hartfield Excellence in Teaching Award from the Jefferson Scholars Foundation recognizes faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Science who demonstrate that “communicating knowledge and inspiring students are as important to the education process as scholarship, and they exemplify the highest standards and practices of teaching” (website). In his nomination letter, Fred Epstein, BME department chair and UVA Engineering's Associate Dean for Research, described Barker’s influence on the department as “uncommonly positive.”  He continued, “As an administrator, she addresses some of the most pressing issues facing higher education today. As an educator, she is a master of her craft who is passionate about the positive impact she is able to have on her students.”

Congratulations, Dr. Barker!

Shannon Barker U. Virginia BME Undergraduate Program Director

Undergraduate Program Director Shannon Barker's teaching expertise includes the areas of physiology, cell and molecular biology and biomedical innovation.