Dr. Douglas Lobner, professor of biomedical sciences at Marquette University, was recently honored with the university’s highest teaching award, the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
Lobner was nominated by his colleagues and students as an individual dedicated to his students and his profession. During his 15 years at Marquette, Lobner has developed meaningful and understandable ways to teach very complex information on human physiology and neuroscience within multiple programs, including biological sciences, dentistry and the physician assistant program.
“What Doug is actually doing is initiating and sustaining a transformative process whereby students grow from novice learners to more sophisticated learners who begin to seek answers to their own questions,” one of his colleagues wrote in a nomination letter.
In addition to teaching, Lobner has been principal investigator and co-principal investigator on more than $5 million in grants, and is currently focusing on determining the role of environmental toxins in neurodegenerative diseases. However, he claims that the most rewarding part of working at Marquette is interacting with students.
“The most impressive thing about our students is that they want to be doctors, dentists or physician assistants not to make money, but to help people,” Lobner said.
Teaching Excellence Awards are the highest honor bestowed upon Marquette University faculty members. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and students for demonstrating excellence as teacher-scholars.