Quick Honored with Professorship in Teaching Excellence
Posted May 23, 2017
Christopher Quick, Ph.D., professor in the
Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology in Texas
A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
(CVM), is one of two Texas A&M University faculty members who
has been selected for a 2017 University Professorship in
Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (UPUTE).
Texas A&M’s University Professorships in Undergraduate
Teaching are a three-year appointment that carry an annual salary
supplement of $5,000, provided by the university, and an annual
$5,000 discretionary income to support a teaching program and
related professional development. The appointment is effective
The designation is conferred upon only the university’s most
distinguished undergraduate teachers, those who have exhibited
uncommon excellence and devotion to the education of Texas A&M
students, according to provost and executive vice president Karan
“Texas A&M has long been known for its excellence in
undergraduate education and appointment of these professorship
holders is intended to be indicative of the administration’s
continuing support for and dedication to undergraduate education,”
Watson said in a memorandum informing Quick of the appointment.
Quick was nominated for the honor by Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl
B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine; recommended by an ad hoc
committee and the Texas A&M Dean of Faculties; and ultimately
endorsed by the provost.
“Receiving an UPUTE is particularly meaningful to me, because
other recipients have set such a high bar for teaching excellence.
I have so much yet to learn,” Quick said. “Texas A&M has
cultivated an excellent environment to foster innovation—both in
research and in education. I love working with students and faculty
to devise new ways to integrate the two.”
Professors are selected for having provided evidence of engaging
and innovative instruction and course design; rigorous expectations
for undergraduates, coupled with offering support to achieve those
expectations; making an impact beyond their classrooms, via areas
such as mentorship; and making a broader impact on disciplinary
pedagogy through their undergraduate teaching. Colleges are allowed
to submit only one nomination each year.
“Great teachers can structure an environment that lends itself
to the best possible learning experience for every
student. Dr. Quick transforms the educational environment with
ease, finding the best way to reach his students and remodeling the
experience based on needs that change from year to year,” Green
said. “Dr. Quick’s formal academic training in biomedical
engineering also has prepared him to bring quantitative techniques
to solve biomedical problems into the teaching arena. His
ability to communicate, integrate and immerse undergraduate and
graduate students in a research and educational environment is
Receiving the professorship also comes with a commitment to
contribute to colleagues’ ongoing professional development in
teaching at Texas A&M.
“These professors are not only exceptional classroom teachers,
but are also innovators in pedagogy, exploring new teaching methods
and seeking engagement with other educators in pursuit of
excellence,” Watson said.
Quick earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his
doctorate in biomedical engineering at Rutgers University. He
joined the CVM faculty in 2002 and was promoted to full professor
While in his first few years as an assistant professor, he
worked with colleagues to develop a team-based approach to
undergraduate research that greatly expanded those opportunities,
which became the basis of a novel research-based undergraduate
class, as well as the DeBakey Undergraduate Research Program, a
summer program funded by four concurrent grants from the National
Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation
Partnering with students, faculty, and administrators, Quick
more recently launched university-wide programs such as an
undergraduate certificate program in biomedical research and the
Aggie Research Scholars Program.
He has received several teaching awards, including the
Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in
Teaching, the Betty M. Unterberger Award for Outstanding Service to
Honors Education, and the Sigma Xi Outstanding Texas A&M
Science Communicator Award for Faculty.
The other 2017 UPUTE recipient is Ben Wu, professor in the
Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of
Agriculture & Life Sciences.
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