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SLU Health Information Management Faculty Member Awarded Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

Saint Louis University (SLU) Health Information Management Program Director Teresa Neal, MHA, RHIA, was recently named a recipient of the 2020 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. The award, sponsored by the Emerson Electric Company, is designed to recognize teaching excellence in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Approximately 100 educators, ranging from kindergarten teachers to college professors, would normally be recognized at an awards ceremony sponsored by Emerson in November; however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony will not take place.

Teresa Neal
Health Information Management Program Director and Assistant Professor Teresa Neal, MHA, RHIA, was named a recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Nominees for the Emerson Excellence in Teaching award are selected by their administrators and voted on by their institutional peers. Award recipients are chosen to acknowledge their excellence in innovation in teaching.

Neal was pleasantly surprised to find out she was named a recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching award and happy to know that she was making a difference.

“I was humbled and thankful after learning I was one of the award recipients,” Neal said. “I never considered myself to be in the same league as the recipients of this prestigious award. I’m thankful to be recognized for this award because it means I’m having a positive impact on the future.”

Neal went on to explain how the award was especially meaningful due to the fact that recipients are voted on by fellow educators.

“I was truly honored to be chosen by my peers,” Neal said. “I know that I am part of an amazing and supportive team of excellent educators at Saint Louis University.”

Clinical Health Sciences Department Chairperson Amy Harkins, MBA, Ph.D., was thrilled to learn Neal was being recognized for all she does for her students and for the university.

“I am so proud of Teresa Neal as one of two SLU faculty being awarded the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award this year,” Dr. Harkins said. “She is highly deserving for her range of courses taught – from data analytics to the Electronic Health Record – and for her impressive ability in teaching future healthcare providers.”

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 more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.