TTUHSC El Paso Professor Recognized for Teaching Excellence
Maureen D. Francis, M.D., professor in the Department of Medical Education at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), has received the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award.
Texas Tech University (TTU) System Chancellor Robert Duncan and TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., presented Dr. Francis with the award during a ceremony Jan. 30 on the TTUHSC El Paso campus.
“I’m very humbled by this recognition,” Dr. Francis said. “It’s been a real pleasure to be a part of this school since 2010, to watch the school grow, and to work with the students, faculty and leadership to strive for excellence in medical education. It’s a real honor.”
Dr. Francis was among 14 faculty members from the TTU System’s four component institutions who received the 2018 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards. These awards recognize excellence in academics and research, and are the most prestigious honors granted to faculty members throughout the system. Each recipient receives a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion.
“The quality academic experience available to our students in the Texas Tech University System is a direct result of the hard work, commitment and dedication of our faculty members,” Duncan said. “They pursue groundbreaking, impactful research and guide our students in reaching new heights of excellence. On behalf of our institutions, it is an honor and a privilege to recognize our world-class faculty.”
Dr. Francis said that teaching is a joy that helps keep her young.
“I think teaching keeps me learning,” Dr. Francis said. “I love to teach students and residents because they always have wonderful questions. They keep me pushing forward and always looking for why things are and getting a deeper understanding of whatever the subject happens to be.”
Dr. Francis has been involved in teaching students and residents for more than 30 years. Since joining TTUHSC El Paso, she has worked closely with medical students as a college master and co-director of the Medical Skills course.
She currently teaches Master’s Colloquium, a discussion-based course on medical ethics and professionalism. Dr. Francis is active in clinical practice and supervises students and residents in the inpatient teaching service and the internal medicine clinic. She serves as one of the medical directors of the Medical Student Run Clinic, working closely with student volunteers to improve the health of the community.
Since 2014, Dr. Francis has served as an assistant dean for clinical instruction and worked closely with the clerkship directors to continuously improve coordination, instruction and assessment of third- and fourth-year medical students.
More about Dr. Francis
Dr. Francis was born and raised in Philadelphia and was the first in her family to attend college. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and recently earned a master’s degree in health professions education from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions. She received her medical doctorate degree from Jefferson Medical College through the Army Health Professions Scholarship and served on active duty for six years.
More about the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards
The Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards are made possible through philanthropic gifts to the Chancellor’s Council, which recognizes top teaching and research faculty across the Texas Tech University System. Since the teaching and research awards were established by the council in 2001, 165 faculty have received awards, totaling $1,035,000.
The Chancellor’s Council was originally created in 1967 as the President’s Council to recognize donors who helped Texas Tech University accomplish its highest goals. The program was renamed and expanded in 1996 with the establishment of the Texas Tech University System. Today, the Chancellor’s Council plays a vital role in creating opportunities for all four universities. The council supports student scholarships, faculty awards and top scholar recruitment.