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Award Description

The Arthur C. Guyton Distinguished Educator Award recognizes an American Physiology Society (APS) member who has independent evidence of excellence in classroom teaching for a minimum of 10 years at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels; demonstrated improvement of physiology teaching within the candidate's own institution; and contributions to physiology education at the local community, national or international levels including APS activities.

The awardee is requested to write an article for publication in Advances in Physiology Education, specifically in the Personal Views category.



The nominee must:

  • be a member of APS with a primary affiliation with the Teaching of Physiology Section,
  • be a full-time faculty member of an accredited college or university, and 
  • be nominated by a member of APS.


The nomination package includes: 

  • nomination letter,
  • nominator's APS membership number,
  • curriculum vitae (including the nominee's APS Membership number),
  • statement of the nominee's teaching philosophy and achievements,
  • summary of nominee's student evaluations,
  • summary of the nominee's education-related activities outside of the classroom
  • three letters of support from colleagues, and 
  • three letters of support from the nominee's students 

Optional materials include:

  • up to two additional letters of support from colleagues, and
  • up to two additional letters of support from students

The typical nominee will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and have made significant contributions in student advising, graduate education and /or curriculum design and reform at their institution(s). The activities that distinguish a candidate in the rankings include outreach with the general public or schools; peer-reviewed education journal articles; and widely disseminated publications such as commercially produced textbooks, lab manuals or software. Unsuccessful nominees may be reconsidered for the award during the subsequent year with notification to the nominee and the nominator and receipt of updated information.  

Applications are only accepted via online submission.



Award at a Glance

Award amount: $1,000, up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement and complimentary ticket to the Teaching of Physiology Section banquet

Application deadline: November 10

Questions?  Andrew M. Petzold, PhD, Chair, Guyton Awards Selection Committee 

Who can apply: APS members who have a full-time faculty position 

Past Awardees