In 1994 the Medical University of South Carolina established a program to recognize faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the University’s teaching mission. Faculty may be nominated by students, other faculty, or administrators and may be chosen to receive awards each year in the following categories:
- Educator-Mentor: For excellence in mentoring and serving as a role model for students in clinical or research activities
- Educator-Lecturer: For excellence in classroom teaching
- Developing Teacher: For excellence in teaching by a junior faculty member
In 1985 the Medical University of South Carolina established an award to recognize junior faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the research mission of the University and to promote the continued development of these scholars. Recipients are those who have successfully demonstrated the capacity to compete for extramural funding while they are still in the formative stages of their careers and who demonstrate exceptional promise. Candidates are nominated by their peers, must be faculty members holding the rank of Assistant Professor, and must have been on the faculty for at least two, but no more than six academic years. The awards are made in the Basic Science and the Clinical Science categories.
The Outstanding Clinician Award honors full-time faculty of any duration of service who have made outstanding contributions to patient care at the Medical University of South Carolina. Currently active clinicians who commit a significant proportion of their time caring for patients in ambulatory or inpatient settings are eligible for this award. Awardees have demonstrated a high level ofprofessionalism, integrity, and devotion to patient care. They have gained recognition as dedicated, compassionate, and highly effective clinicians. Their clinical excellence and service commitment identify them as role models for residents, students, and their faculty colleagues.
Distinguished Faculty Service
In 1997 the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees established a program through the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, formerly the Health Sciences Foundation, to recognize faculty who, over a substantial portion of their careers, have provided exceptional and sustained service and who have made contributions in teaching, research, health care, and/or public service to the University and to the citizens of South Carolina. Faculty may be nominated by any member of the MUSC family.
The Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award
The Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award recognizes individuals at MUSC who have excelled in mentoring faculty in obtaining research support from private and public organizations or government agencies. The award targets a faculty mentor or other colleague who encourages and supports the advancement of others as successful, extramurally funded investigators. The mentorship must have led directly to a significant research grant award to a mentored faculty member with a rank no higher than Associate Professor at the time of receiving the research grant award.
This award was established by an endowment from the College of Medicine in honor of Margaret P. (Peggy) Schachte, MBA, who founded and served as Director of the MUSC Office of Research Development from 1993 to 2009. During her tenure, Peggy recognized the significance of research mentorship and played a major role in initiating and championing research mentorship activities at MUSC.