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Ramadoss Presented with Montague Teaching Award

Posted November 10, 2017


Jayanth Ramadoss

Jayanth Ramadoss, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology (VTPP) at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), was named a 2017-18 Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Scholar.

The award has been given annually since 1991 to one tenure-track faculty member from each college based on their ability and interest in teaching. Ramadoss was one of 10 presented the award, with an accompanying $6,500 for enhancing undergraduate education, on Nov. 2. The grant will be used to further develop innovative teaching techniques that can be made available to other faculty members.

"Dr. Ramadoss joins a distinguished group of our college faculty members who have been recognized with this honor," said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “We are proud of Dr. Ramadoss for his commitment and dedication to providing an excellent learning environment for students. This award highlights his excellence in teaching, as well as his engaging and dynamic teaching methods. We are proud that he is part of our illustrious team.”

Ramadoss joined the CVM faculty in 2015 and teaches physiology for bioengineers. His student evaluation average is an impressive 4.96 out of 5, and he has been selected for other teaching awards, such as the 2016 Juan Carlos Robles Emanuelli Teaching Award.

With the money received from the Montague-CTE Scholar program, Ramadoss plans to generate an experiential module that will integrate physiology and engineering elements into a laboratory setting, including through practical application of the concepts discussed in his classes (VTPP 434 and VTPP 435, Physiology for Bioengineers I and II), and especially via hands-on experience, as well as through exposure to state-of-the-art bioengineering equipment in his lab that will bolster the students’ understanding both of the concepts and of the significance of engineering analysis in living systems.

His long-term goal is to increase the student’s enthusiasm for physiology, help them retain physiology concepts, and apply these concepts in future academic and professional pursuits.

“Dr. Ramadoss has developed, what I believe, is a remarkable gift—the ability to inspire students to get involved in science by understanding and appreciating it,” said Larry Suva, Ph.D., VTPP department head. “He is a ‘lead by example’ model for his students and is driven by his passion for education and science. The CVM is fortunate to have such a gifted young academician on our faculty.”

He also has a well-funded National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored research program and recently received a Texas A&M Tier One Program grant from the Dean of Faculties to train undergraduate students in research. In addition, Ramadoss was selected by the associate provost for undergraduate studies as one of the featured teachers to provide testimonial on the importance of engaging and motivating teaching practices as part of the Texas A&M Pedagogy Project. He has served in 14 NIH study sections and reviewed for more than 22 peer-reviewed journals.

“Teaching energizes me and drives my research program. My teaching involves careful understanding of my audience and the needs of the students’ major degree program, crafting learning outcomes, and developing ways to explain complex concepts,” Ramadoss said.

“In my teaching, I strive to bridge gaps between basic science and clinical perspectives, and, thus, foster an appreciation of the significance of integrative physiology in real-life scenarios. Utilizing state-of-the-art teaching approaches, I aspire to actively engage students and facilitate problem solving,” he continued. “I work toward providing personalized, hands-on research training to undergraduate students; to diversify the undergraduate talent pool in maternal, fetal, and infant health research; and to develop a stimulating research laboratory environment for training future scientists. My overall goal is to establish best practices in teaching integrative physiology.”

Ramadoss’ passion for science and teaching inspires and motivates his students to show up to class, learn something new, and make an impact. As a Montague-CTE Scholar, Ramadoss will be able to further provide his students with educational enrichment.

“Dr. Ramadoss is the ‘real deal,’ an academic with an impressive educational commitment, coupled with a dedication to serve and help everyone,” Suva said. “These qualities are fundamental to why Dr. Ramadoss continues to be a rising star in our department, college, and university.”

The Montague-CTE Scholars awards are named in honor of Kenneth Montague ’37, a distinguished alumnus and outstanding trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation.

A full list of the 2017-18 recipients includes:

  • Dr. Vishal Gohil, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Dr. Negar Kalantar, College of Architecture
  • Dr. James Abbey, Mays Business School
  • Dr. Natasha Brison, College of Education & Human Development
  • Dr. Alaa Elwany, College of Engineering
  • Dr. Anita Rapp, College of Geosciences
  • Dr. Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Lei Fang, College of Science
  • Dr. Jayanth Ramadoss, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Dr. Peter van Hengstum, Texas A&M University Galveston campus

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