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Award Description

The Arthur C. Guyton Distinguished Educator Award recognizes a full-time faculty member of an accredited college or university and member of the APS who has independent evidence of: (1) excellence in classroom teaching for a minimum of 10 years at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels; (2) demonstrated improvement of physiology teaching within the candidate's own institution; (3) 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 typical nominee will have shown 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 educational 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. The award winner receives a cash award of $1000 and up to $1000 in reimbursement to attend the American Physiology Summit in Long Beach, CA including a complimentary ticket to the Teaching Section Social event. The winner is announced at the Teaching Section Business Meeting/Social Event during the American Physiology Summit. 


  • Must be nominated by a member of APS, self-nomination is not allowed.
  • All candidate materials must be uploaded by the award deadline.


Applications must be submitted using the APS Online Awards Site. Applications shall consist of:

  • Nominator letter (1 required) and Nominator APS membership ID#
  • Curriculum Vitae (include APS Membership ID#)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and achievements
  • Summary of student evaluations
  • Education-related activities outside of the classroom
  • Up to 5 letters of support from colleagues (3 required)
  • Up to 5 letters of support from students. (3 required)

Applications are only accepted via online submission.


Award at a Glance

Award amount: $1,000, up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement, reimbursement of advance registration to the APS annual meeting, and a ticket to the Social event

Application deadline: January 15

Questions? Helena Carvalho, PhD, Chair, Guyton Awards Selection Committee 2023

Who can apply: Full-time faculty member. Must be an APS member in good standing.

Past Awardees