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Health Sciences Program Director Wins Faculty Excellence Award

Health sciences program director and Doisy College associate professor, Julie Wolter, M.A., RHIA, FAHIMA, has been named a recipient of the 2016 Saint Louis University Faculty Excellence Award. To win this award, Wolter had to be nominated by her students and then selected by the Student Government Association's Academic Affairs Committee. 

The Faculty Excellence Award is one of the highest honors offered by the University. It recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in their dedication and service to the SLU community, especially in their outstanding performance as an educator inside and outside of the classroom.

Not only is Wolter an award-winning educator, she has also been a key proponent of shaping the successful health sciences program at Saint Louis University. Wolter has been with the program since its beginning five years ago. Prior to that, Wolter spent 16 years as a faculty member in SLU's health information management program.

Julie has been instrumental in growing the program, improving the program and continuing to ensure that the students receive the optimal benefits of the whole SLU academic and mentoring experience."

Amy Harkins, Ph.D.

Interim Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and Informatics, Amy Harkins, Ph.D., recognized the major role that Wolter has played in shaping the health sciences program beyond the work that she does in the classroom.

"Julie has been instrumental in growing the program, improving the program and continuing to ensure that the students receive the optimal benefits of the whole SLU academic and mentoring experience towards their future career goals," Harkins said.

Wolter has embraced her role as a faculty mentor to many of the students in her program; it is a role that she believes is both vital to the students and rewarding for her.

"Mentoring is extremely important," said Wolter. "Each student should have a faculty mentor that is there for them to help with future plans, issues and concerns, advising and, sometimes, just someone to talk with. I love it when my students share their good news and successes with me.

"I am very honored to be receiving this award, especially since I was nominated by my students," she added. "I love teaching. It is something that makes me smile every day. It is never boring because I learn something new from each class."

Learn more SLU's Health Sciences Program.