April 10, 2013
Emily Levitan, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and a mentored member in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center  (NORC), has been chosen as the recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Levitan received masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She then completed a research fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Levitan joined the faculty at UAB in 2009. Her primary research interests are the relationship between diet, lifestyle, and cardiovascular diseases and the application of epidemiologic and statistical methods to address public health questions. Dr. Levitan has established herself across campus as an expert in her field, accepting leadership roles and taking the initiative in developing courses and curricula.
“The President's Award for Excellence in Teaching” is annual award for honors teachers in each school of the College of Arts & Sciences and the Joint Health Sciences departments. Award recipients are chosen from each of the schools by a school-established selection committee. Each faculty member so-honored receives a cash award and a remembrance of his or her achievement. The formal honoring of faculty for teaching accomplishments with the President's Awards was begun by former UAB President Charles A. McCallum in 1990.
Eleven in the university community will be honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching during the annual Faculty Awards Convocation on April 10, 2013 at the UAB Alumni House.