Faculty and Staff Awards
Faculty and Staff Awards

Each year the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions recognizes faculty for service, scholarship and teaching, and recognizes staff members for excellence.  

2018 Faculty Service Award

The 2018 Faculty Service Award is presented to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding service to the community, profession and/or University. The award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated consistent and exceptional service in a multitude of areas. The recipient of the 2018 Faculty Service Award is Julie Peterson, PT, DPT’01, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, clinic director of Creighton Therapy and Wellness and Creighton Pediatric Therapy, and director of the residency education program. Peterson has extensive breadth and depth of service to the profession and the community. Her nominator states, “Julie demonstrates the best of the qualities that we strive to instill in our graduates as ‘creative and effective leaders.’” Peterson is past president of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Alumni Advisory Board; has served the regional physical therapy community as past president of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association; and has served the national physical therapy community as the former chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Women’s Health Specialty Council. Her contributions have been fundamental to the success and national reputation of the Creighton physical therapy program. 

2018 Scholarly Achievement Award

The 2018 Scholarly Achievement Award is presented to a faculty member who has exhibited high achievement in scholarly activity based on publications, grantsmanship and scholarly presentations. The recipient of the 2018 Scholarly Achievement Award is Anastasia Kyvelidou, PhD, MS, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Kyvelidou is an established researcher with postdoctoral training in biology and physical therapy. She is dedicated to understanding motor and perceptual development in infants and children with and without developmental delays, as well as those at risk for autism. Her research has a direct impact on the health and development of these children. Kyvelidou’s research is worthy of recognition because of its collaborative nature,  productivity with respect to grants submitted and received, and manuscripts published in high-quality journals. Her work has been funded by foundation and internal support, and through support from the National Institutes of Health. She currently has 31 publications in peer-reviewed manuscripts, with seven additional manuscripts under review or in preparation. Thirteen of these manuscripts have been published in the past three years, with many in top rehabilitation and biomechanics journals. In recognition of her productivity and impact, she was recently awarded the prestigious Excellence in Research Award from the Journal of Motor Learning and Development (2017).  

2018 Staff Excellence Award

The 2018 Staff Excellence Award recognizes a staff member who contributes positively to a team by providing encouragement and support, is responsive to helping others, shares valuable knowledge, and is reliable. The award was established in 2015 and is intended to recognize those who show enthusiasm and initiative when working with others on tasks and projects; support team decisions and projects; and actively contribute to help the team achieve its shared goals. Members of the Staff Development and Recognition Committee utilized a rubric to review the nomination letters and identify the award winners. The candidates were evaluated on the categories of selflessness, team impact, collaboration and positive attitude.  

The first recipient of the 2018 Staff Excellence Award is Kathy Widman. Widman is a senior coordinator of the pharmacy program’s Office of Experiential Education. She has been in the experiential office since 2003, when it expanded to include the distance pathway. Widman coordinates the placement of rotation students at quality sites and cultivates positive relationships with preceptors across the country. Her nominators said she demonstrates professionalism and reliability with all of her job responsibilities and is always willing to step up when things need to get done. The office receives positive comments from students, including comments that Widman “should be employee of the year,” and from preceptors expressing their gratitude for her help. One Minnesota preceptor stated, “I also want to commend Kathy Widman, who has been really great to work with. She helps coordinate rotations and rearrange dates to meet our needs and I really appreciate her flexibility and partnership. She is an outstanding staff member who tirelessly exemplifies cura personalis with our pharmacy students and preceptors, and goes above and beyond to ensure everything gets finished in a high-quality and timely manner.” 

The second recipient of the 2018 Staff Excellence Award is Brooke Farmer. Farmer is a research assistant and integral member of the rehabilitation science research laboratories, working primarily with Terry Grindstaff, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy. She serves as the initial contact for the 100-150 annual research participants and the eight to 12 student assistants who are gaining research experience through independent study or internships. In addition, Farmer coordinates weekly journal clubs and submission of abstracts for scientific meetings, as well as organizing research laboratory tours. She has played a critical role in Grindstaff’s research team, securing and completing four research grants, eight peer-reviewed publications, and more than 50 presentations. Her nominators said she has positively impacted the students she works with, with  one student commenting, “Whether she is reading over an abstract; collecting, processing or analyzing data; fixing a program that stopped running; finding participants for projects; or just helping someone better understand a computer program, Brooke always goes over and beyond the expectations. Throughout this last year, I’ve come to see that no matter how much work she may have to do, she will always stop to make sure that everyone else is taken care of. Her relentless dedication, passion and helpful demeanor are why I think she is so deserving of this award.”