2014 United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award
From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Each year, a distinguished member of the Boston University faculty is recognized for his or her “dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution” with the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year award. This is a special honor established and endowed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The dual role of scholar and teacher lies at the heart of Boston University’s mission. It is modeled each day across our campus by the hundreds of outstanding faculty members who lead by example, both in their respective fields of research and in their classrooms.
This year’s nominating process yielded a truly exceptional class of candidates, each with remarkable talent and ability to inspire the best from students. After considerable discussion and deliberation, I am delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year award is Professor Thomas Gilmore, of the Department of Biology. Professor Gilmore is Director of BU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and is also Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics in the School of Medicine.
For nearly three decades, Professor Gilmore’s foundational research in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases has perhaps been equaled only by the esteem, standard of work, and lifelong passion for scientific inquiry he has inspired among those he’s taught and mentored at BU. Professor Gilmore’s international renown as a researcher, his transformative leadership of UROP, and his celebration by both colleagues and students as a tireless advocate for their success make him an outstanding selection this year.
This Wednesday, March 19, 2014, we will present Professor Gilmore with his award at the Faculty Assembly. The assembly is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Tsai Performance Center. I hope that you will join us there in congratulating Professor Gilmore for his achievement and to take part in what promises to be a substantive and productive meeting.