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Faculty Senates Honors the Best of the Best

From left are Pat Whietley, Gaetano Ciancio, and June Tuefel Dreyer

From left are Pat Whitely, Gaetano Ciancio, and June Teufel Dreyer

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 4, 2017)–When Tad Foote, the University of Miami’s  fourth president, appointed a “rookie” named Patricia A. Whitely to replace UM’s legendary vice president for student affairs in 1997, he was taking a chance. But 20 years later, with the long-retired William Butler sitting in the audience, the Faculty Senate reaffirmed the wisdom of Foote’s choice by awarding Whitely one of its highest honor, the James W. McLamore Award for Outstanding Service.

“I was so grateful to have found my passion over 35 years ago, when I was a senior at St. John’s University in New York,’’ Whitely said in accepting the award last week at a ceremony in the Newman Alumni Center. “I am so fortunate to have had such amazing mentors who believed in me and gave me unique opportunities along the way.”

But it was Whitley who was recognized for what she has given countless students and the broader University community during her tenure as one of the most admired and innovative student affairs leaders in the nation—selfless dedication in creating a culture of belonging for all, and compassionate, rational, and thoughtful leadership in times of crisis.

“The reason we can all sleep calmly at night is because we know you have an ever-watchful eye on everything happening to our young students on campus,” UM President Julio Frenk told Whitely.

Also honored at the ceremony were the Miller School of Medicine’s Gaetano Ciancio, a renowned transplant surgeon and urologic oncologist who received the Outstanding Teaching Award; and the College of Arts and Sciences’ June Teufel Dreyer, a professor of political science and one of the world’s foremost authorities on China, who received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. Dreyer also presented a lecture titled “Whither China?”

As Senate Chair Tomas A. Salerno and Richard Fain, chair of the UM Board of Trustees, noted, the Senate has a difficult time choosing just three honorees from UM’s wealth of talent, but these three stand out from an outstanding crowd.

During her 35 years at UM, Whitely has made countless contributions to the lives of students, their parents, faculty, staff, and those she has mentored.  She has received awards and recognition from nearly every major student organization on campus. The Women’s Leadership Symposium was named after her in 2016, as was the Emergency Assistance Fund in 2011.

She is the professional staff’s 24/7 first responder to a crisis and the person who reaches out with compassion and care to families and students whose lives have been touched by death, accidents, illness, disasters, and other unwanted challenges.

The recipient of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) prestigious Scott Goodnight Award for outstanding performance as a vice president for student affairs in 2013, she was elected chair of the NASPA Board of Directors the following year and continues to serve the association in various advisory capacities.

And somehow she still finds the time to teach graduate courses in higher education as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development and leads the popular noncredit Senior Reflections Seminar each spring.

A globally renowned physician and teacher, Ciancio has performed transplants and urology oncology surgery around the world and helped establish transplant programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, including in Haiti, where he performed that nation’s first kidney transplant.

At the Miller School, where he is the Brandon and Kyle Simonsen Professor of Surgery and Urology, chief medical and academic officer of the Miami Transplant Institute, and director of kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantation, Ciancio has received multiple teaching awards in both urology and transplantation. A two-time recipient of the Attending of the Year Award of Excellence for his leadership in the Department of Urology, he received the Urology Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and the Charles Lynn Urology Teacher Award in 2015, and he was the first recipient of UMMG Faculty Heroes Recognition Award.

Giselle Guerra, the medical director of transplant services who nominated Ciancio for the teaching award, said his passion for his work is “intoxicating” as is how he goes about fulfilling his major life goal: “to give life so they in turn live life.”

“As the only transplant doctor dual certified here at the University, he pushed to expand the growth and opportunities for fellows across all specialties,” Guerra said. “However, his dedication in teaching doesn’t stop there.  There is never a single month where you don’t find one or several observers coming from other countries…to learn from his medical, surgical, and…his fine culinary skills.”

Beyond his clinical efforts, Ciancio is the author and co-author of two books, 26 book chapters, and over 340 articles published in medical journals for topics involving the field of solid organ transplantation and urologic oncology.

“You are a brilliant surgeon who has dedicated yourself tirelessly to the University of Miami, your patients, and the young physicians who will follow in your footsteps,” Frenk told Ciancio. “Thank you for providing the leadership and guidance that is helping to transform today’s medical students and residents into the leading clinicians and educators of tomorrow.”

Educated at Wellesley College and Harvard University, Dreyer joined the University of Miami faculty in 1973, where she remains an active and original scholar of exceptional achievement. The author or editor of seven books and numerous scholarly articles, she is a sought-after speaker and consultant for government agencies in the United States and abroad. Appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, she has served on the U.S.-China Security Review Commission.

Her book on Chinese politics, China’s Political System: Modernization and Tradition, is a veritable classic used in universities around the world, including in the People’s Republic of China. Its tenth edition is scheduled for publication by Routledge in 2018. Her new book, Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations Past and Present (Oxford University Press, 2016) chronicles the complex history of Chinese-Japanese relations from ancient through contemporary times. A work of unusual breadth, distinctive learning, and judicious insight, it has earned stellar reviews and Dreyer the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals Annual Japan Study Award.

Her election as vice president of the American Association of Chinese Studies further testifies to the esteem in which she is held by her colleagues.

“You are a model of scholarship and learning, and your achievements represent the University’s highest aspirations for its research faculty,” Frenk told Dreyer.

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President Frenk Hosts the Faculty Senate at Ibis House


Faculty Senate members were welcomed to the Ibis House for the first time last week, when President Julio Frenk and Dr. Felicia Knaul extended a warm invitation to all Senate members to attend a cocktail reception following the Senate meeting hosted by the president.

Last week’s meeting was the second of two Senate meetings the president hosts each academic year. All faculty members are welcome to attend Senate meetings. For more information about future meeting dates, the Senate, and its representatives, visit the Faculty Senate website at miami.edu/fs.

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Faculty Senate Taps Two More Honorees


Faculty Senate Taps Two More Honorees

The Faculty Senate voted unanimously at its January meeting to honor two exceptional faculty members at its annual awards ceremony this  April, when it will bestow the Outstanding Teaching Award on transplant surgeon Gaetano Ciancio and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award on East Asian expert June Teufel Dreyer.


Gaetano Ciancio

Internationally considered a surgeon’s surgeon, Ciancio, professor of surgery and chief academic officer for the Miami Transplant Institute at the Miller School of Medicine, will be recognized for his record of excellence and  distinguished teaching.

Also known as an accomplished researcher in the field of organ transplant and urologic oncology, Ciancio is well-known for his commitment to teaching the latest surgical techniques to residents at the Miller School and for participating in the training of other doctors from Latin America and Europe.

June Teufel Dreyer, professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in recognition of her outstanding scholarly achievement and dedication to her chosen field of research in China-Japan relations throughout history.


June Teufel Dreyer

A world renowned expert and extensive researcher on this subject, Dreyer is a prominent name in East Asian politics and international relations, a field where she has leant her expertise as a consultant for the U.S. government. Among her many  positions, she has served as a commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission from 2001 to 2006 and as Asia-Pacific program director for the Global Strategy Council in Washington, D.C., from 1994 to 1998.

In appreciation of their dedication and contributions to their chosen fields, Ciancio and Dreyer will receive their awards at the Faculty Senate Awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3 at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. After receiving her award, Dreyer will present a short lecture on her research.

Last November, the Faculty Senate voted to award the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award to  Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs. She also will receive her award at the April ceremony.

All members of the University community are invited to attend.


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Faculty Senate Calls for Awards Nominations

The Faculty Senate is encouraging University faculty to send in their nominations for any or all of the Senate’s annual awards, which each year includes the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

Nomination materials for each of the awards,which recognize the exceptional efforts of noteworthy members of the University community, are due to the Faculty Senate office by Wednesday, October 12.

Find nomination criteria and more detailed information about each award by clicking on the award titles below.

The James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award recognizes service above and beyond the call of duty by a member of the University community.

The Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching by a faculty member with a substantial record of teaching at the University.

The Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award recognizes either a single outstanding scholarly achievement or a lifetime of distinguished accomplishment in any area of research or creative activity.

Awardees, who are selected by a highly competitive, peer-review process, will be presented with their awards at the 2017 Faculty Senate Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 3, 2017, in the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, starting at 5 p.m.



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Faculty Senate Elects Officers for 2016-2017 Academic Year

Faculty Senate Officers

From left are Tomas Salerno, Linda L. Neider, and JoNel Newman.

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 5, 2016) — Tomás Salerno, the DeWitt C. Daughtry Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and professor of surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, was re-elected chair of the Faculty Senate for a third one-year term at the  Faculty Senate’s April 27 election meeting.

Also re-elected to a third one-year term as first vice chair was Linda L. Neider, professor in the School of Business Administration.

A Senate member since 2011, JoNel Newman, professor of clinical legal education in the School of Law, was elected to her first one-year term as second-vice chair.

Salerno, who joined the Miller School in 1999, has served in the Senate since 2008. Neider initially began serving in the Senate shortly after joining the UM faculty in 1979.

All of the newly elected Senate officers will begin serving their one-year terms on June 1.



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