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    2015 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

    Jonathan Kibble, PhD, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

    Jonathan Kibble, PhD, is a medical educator who inspires students to learn and whom teachers aspire to emulate in equal measure.

    Dr. Kibble’s passion for teaching was ignited by his first faculty position at the University of Sheffield Medical School. Hired to start a research laboratory investigating the molecular physiology of renal tubular ion transport, he also accepted a role as a lecturer in medical physiology and anatomy. He has since taught more than 4,000 medical students in different parts of the world, having later held faculty appointments at St. George’s University in the West Indies and Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada.

    Today, Dr. Kibble is assistant dean of undergraduate medical education and professor of physiology and medical education at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine (UCFCOM), where he logs more than 100 contact hours with students each year. He has been instrumental in shaping the medical education curriculum of UCFCOM since joining the faculty in 2008, one year before matriculation of the charter class.

    “Dr. Kibble is an evidence-based teacher who utilizes what we know about learning to improve the student experience and student learning,” says Deborah German, MD, founding dean of UCFCOM.

    Quick to embrace learning innovation and meet students where they are, Dr. Kibble in 2011 began publishing a series of mobile apps for medical students, including translating his textbook, The Big Picture: Medical Physiology, for mobile access. His reputation as a pioneer of methods to improve student learning earned him chair for the Program Evaluation Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee and inspired fellow faculty to shift their course content from passive to active learning.

    He serves as a mentor to teachers and students alike, and has received several awards for his skills as an educator. Dr. Kibble is a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at UCFCOM, and students at two institutions have honored him with outstanding educator awards several times.

    Dr. Kibble’s educational research interests focus on assessment and evaluation. He is an active member of the American Physiological Society (APS), where he works to strengthen development opportunities and mentoring communities for the nation’s physiology educators as chair of the APS Teaching Section. He also serves as an associate editor for the journal Advances in Physiology Education.

    A British native, Dr. Kibble completed preclerkship training as a medical student at the University of Manchester. He took a year off to earn a physiology degree, and after realizing his affinity for the subject, he continued on to obtain his PhD in renal physiology.