Professor Rami Abboud, Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching and Head of Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, is to be honoured at this year’s graduation ceremony for his outstanding contributions to teaching.
Professor Abboud has been named as one of three recipients of the Chancellor’s Award, which acknowledges and rewards senior teachers who have contributed to the University’s teaching excellence over a significant period of time, for the academic year 2016-17.
The award, which requires recipients to have demonstrated effective leadership in teaching and mentoring, and to have made significant contributions to the development and promotion of excellence in teaching in their own discipline or the wider University, is awarded to up to four members of staff each year. The Chancellor’s Award is the most prestigious award made by the University of Dundee.
Each School is invited to make one nomination each academic year, so this accolade is a strong indication of the quality of teaching Professor Abboud provides not only within the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, but also within his role as Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching.
Speaking about his achievement, Professor Abboud said, “I am extremely proud to be one of the recipients of this prestigious award on the 50th Anniversary of the University, which compliments the honorary fellowship that I received in 2012 from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Going back in time to 1988 when I arrived at the University as an overseas postgraduate master’s student, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would still be in Dundee in 2017 to receive the highest accolade the University can award to a member of its staff!
"Having progressed from being a student to becoming the head of the same department, it is a fairy tale that could only happen if you are surrounded by equally excellent staff and a supportive family. I would not have been able to achieve this level of success without the excellent support from past and current most trusted and loyal staff at TORT/IMAR and that of my wife Dorin and our son Rami.
"The interaction with our students, through lectures or supervision of projects, and ultimately when they become our graduates and ambassadors, and in many instances friends, is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I am touched by the many emails that I have received so far from staff and students to congratulate me on this award; one email however stands out from a 1999 graduate stating ‘…I have always been indebted to you for the experience and for your patience in coaching me in the necessary academic standards required. For despite my early incompetence I went on to complete a PhD and MBA and as you can see from my PhD acknowledgements above in 2007 you featured back then. So once again many thanks for your input, help and encouragement. Lesser mortals would have given up on me... It is indeed great recognition for helping and supporting students like myself who will be forever grateful for helping them develop their career and life… I would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and assistance in redirecting my academic career…’. This email made me speechless!”
Professor Gary Mires, Dean of the School of Medicine, who was also presented with the Chancellor’s Award for the academic year 2014-15, said, “We only have our reputation for excellence in medical education because of the effort colleagues within the Medical School put into ensuring the quality of our teaching and learning and the student experience. Professor Abboud is one of those colleagues and this award is appropriate recognition for the major contribution that he has made over many years. I understand that he was not only judged excellent but deemed to be outstanding across all of the five criteria for the award: impact, sustainable change, enhancement to practice, support for transformational learning, and the establishment of a legacy for practice. I offer my sincere congratulations to him.”
Each year since the Chancellor’s Award was first presented in 2014, a nominee from the School of Medicine has been awarded with this accolade — the first recipient was Professor Jean Ker in 2014, followed by Professor Mires in 2015, and Professor Mairi Scott was named as the award’s recipient last year.
Upon launching the awards, Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said, “In my plans for the future development of the University I place high value on excellence in learning and teaching and I am proud of our high standing in the National Student Survey and International Student Barometer. It is therefore important that high quality teaching is being recognised and celebrated."
Speaking about Professor Abboud's accolade, Professor Downes said, "Dundee is a University which develops many students for professional practice in the field of Medicine. The work that has been undertaken by Professor Abboud in establishing the TORT Centre as an internationally recognised centre of expertise ensures that we can continue to attract the very best students and support the development of excellent graduates."
Professor Abboud will be recognised at the graduation ceremony taking place on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2pm.