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SLU Health Sciences Faculty Member Wins Teaching Award

Saint Louis University Health Science Program Director Julie Wolter, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, was recently named a recipient of the 2018 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. The award, sponsored by Emerson Electric Company, is designed to recognize teaching excellence in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Approximately 100 educators, ranging from kindergarten teachers to college professor, were honored with an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award at a ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, MO on November 11, 2018.

Julie Wolter Receiving Emerson Award

SLU Health Sciences Program Director Julie Wolter at the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards Reception.

Wolter was one of two SLU faculty members selected to receive the award. Nominees are selected by their college administrators and voted on by institutional peers. Recipients are chosen in order to acknowledge their excellence and innovation in teaching.

Wolter was not expecting to receive the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award; she was quite shocked to hear the news.

“I was rendered speechless,” Wolter said. “It took me a few minutes to be able to process what I had just heard. It is such an honor.”

Part of what Wolter said she believes makes this award special is that it recognizes teachers across all levels of education.

“I think it is wonderful [that the award recognizes all levels of teaching],” Wolter said. “Recognizing teachers at all levels is so important. We all work together for our students.”

SLU’s Health Sciences program is housed in the Clinical Health Sciences (CHS) department. CHS Department Chair Amy Harkins, MBA, Ph.D., was very happy to see Wolter recognized with the Emerson award.

“I am so proud of Julie Wolter and cannot think of an individual who is any more deserving of such recognition,” Dr. Harkins said.

Dr. Harkins went on to explain what she believes makes Wolter such an exceptional educator.

“In my opinion, teaching is the ability to convey the love of learning. Julie Wolter excels at teaching students to love learning, and they become life-long learners under her guidance,” Dr. Harkins said. “She weaves her professional experience with her scholarship and brings her expertise into the classroom. She draws on real life experiences to make the lessons taught in the classroom come alive, have meaning and become real as the students make their way out of college and into their chosen professions.”

Learn more about SLU’s Health Sciences Program

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.