Zoetis (formerly Carl Norden) Distinguished Teacher Award
This award is sponsored by Zoetis and recognizes outstanding teachers who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession through their teaching abilities. The recipient of this award is selected by the fourth year class.
How the award works:
Each spring, the graduating 4th year students are tasked as follows:
The Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award goes to a teacher who you feel, through his or her ability, dedication, character and leadership, has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession, as well as to the education of you and your classmates.
Who made the biggest and most important impact on you and the Class of 2016?
It’s very important that you consider ALL of your teachers – think back to first, second, and third year as well as your clinical experience when casting your vote.
The recipient will receive an engraved plaque and a $1,000 check from Zoetis. Each college winner is then eligible to be nominated by the college for the national award.
- Eligibility: Nominees must be full-time members of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine and engaged primarily in teaching. Eligibility includes both tenure track and clinical/educator track faculty, but only faculty with the titles of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. Staff and faculty with the titles of Instructor or Lecturer are not eligible.
- Previous recipients do not become eligible for consideration again until the fourth year after receiving the award.
Faculty from all WIMU campuses (Pullman, Logan, and Bozeman) are eligible.
Selection: There are at least 2 rounds of voting. At least 50% of the graduating class MUST vote in each round. The first round of voting is nominations.
ROUND #1: You can nominate 1-3 faculty for further consideration and voting by using your smart phone, tablet, or any computer to enter the names of your nominee(s).
To help you remember, we’ve posted a list of the many faculty who taught your class. It’s a long list, so please be sure to review all names. Then enter those names in your survey. The whole process should take less than 5 minutes.
In ROUND #2: The college will circulate a ballot with the names of the TOP 3-5 nominees, based on numbers of nominations. The winner will be recognized at the 2016 Spring Awards ceremony and become eligible for the NATIONAL Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award.
Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award 2016
Dr. Rance Sellon
Dr. Sellon is considered an outstanding teacher who consistently motivates students to enhance their own personal and professional growth to the benefit of their careers and the veterinary community. He uses his focus area of small animal internal medicine and oncology as examples of the "bigger picture" of working toward excellence in skills and knowledge. … He emphasizes a problem-solving approach to his teaching which has both been well received and has resulted in students being able to take better advantage of their clinical learning and maximize their learning experiences in all classes and rotations …. Dr. Sellon strives to establish a ‘relationship’ with students that promotes respect, strives for accountability and instills a desire to learn. He does not simply present the ‘data’ to students seeking their memorization (and subsequent purging) of concepts. Rather he presents material in a manner that facilitates critical analysis of more complex problems allowing the students to drive toward a solution.