By Wendy Sarubbi | June 8, 2012 5:50 pm

Two faculty members from the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences have been recognized for their exemplary commitment to learning and teaching at UCF.

Dr. Mohtashem Samsam, an assistant professor, received a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) award. Dr. Robert Borgon, an assistant professor, is the winner of a UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) award.

The SoTL award commends faculty who make outstanding contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning within their discipline and/or to the teaching and learning community. The TIP award salutes faculty  who demonstrate  a record of credit and/or graduate hour productivity;  continued commitment to instruction;  teaching effectiveness; and  high quality, innovative and creative instruction.

Dr. Richard Peppler, associate dean for faculty and academic affairs and interim director of the Burnett School, noted Dr. Borgon’s “exemplary service and ongoing commitment to advancing the undergraduate curriculum,” and said Dr. Samsam “has demonstrated a long-standing contribution to the educational literature and is committed to advancing SoTL research.”

Dr. Borgon is active in the Peer Instruction and Laboratory Occupational Training (PILOT) program, where top undergraduate students in quantitative biological methods are selected as teaching assistants.

Dr. Samsam also was recently recognized with the Keeper of the Creed/Scholarship award for his commitment to learning and teaching at UCF.

“If you love what you do, it’s enjoyable. I tell students it’s rewarding to me to help someone – it makes me work harder,” Dr. Borgon said.

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