Chair's Blog

By Jason Scott Turner, PhD posted 11-16-2021 14:33


Hello All,

Thanksgiving and end of year happenings naturally provide the space and opportunity to reflect on the important events of the last year. Among my blessings, I am particularly grateful to be in a field that so heavily influences the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

As educators and practitioners in this important field, I would like to encourage you to recognize peers and mentors who have demonstrated excellence and commitment to the advancement of health management, health policy, and health research. Dr. Dan Gentry and the team at AUPHA have recently announced three new teaching excellence awards:

  • The Teaching Excellence Award for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Social Justice (sponsored by Better Together- ACHE, IFDHE, NAHSE, NALHE, and AUPHA)
  • The Teaching Excellence Award for Healthcare Management and Leadership (sponsored by ACHE)
  • The Teaching Excellence Award for Health Policy (sponsored by AHA)

We are also pleased to announce the new Quint Studer Prize for Teaching Excellence, AUPHA’s first new prize in twenty-five years. The Prize will be awarded at the
2022 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in June. More details will be available in early 2022. 

In addition, AUPHA will continue to recognize a junior or mid-career faculty with the John D. Thompson Prize based on their overall contributions to the field of health administration education, broadly defined. Considerations by the award committee include teaching accomplishments, curricular and program building, mentoring, leadership, scholarship, and practice-oriented research.

The existing Gary L. Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership will also recognize an individual from a member program who has made outstanding contributions to the field of health administration education, who has exhibited leadership in the field, and has enriched their institutions, their students, and health administration education.

The Glandon Family Scholarship for Advancement of Healthcare Management Education was established to create an endowment for a faculty scholarship at an AUPHA member program with the intent of creating a durable legacy in support of quality healthcare management education and is available to full time faculty in an AUPHA member program who have not yet received tenure.

The details of the nomination processes will be shared in January and the winners of these recognitions will be announced at the annual meeting in Salt Lake City. These new and existing awards are an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the remarkable work being done. I encourage you to give consideration to peers that are deserving of these recognitions.


Jason S. Turner, PhD