Outstanding Faculty and Staff

School of Public Health

Julie Preskitt, PhD, Department of Health Care Organization & Policy, is the recipient of the 2017 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominations are submitted by students, alumni and faculty.  A committee comprised of representatives from each department and the last 3 winners of the award make the final decision after reviewing submission materials, letters of support and class evaluations. Dr. Preskitt was chosen for her exceptional accomplishments in teaching. Dr. Preskitt's research interests include children with special health care needs, maternal and child health policy, disability policy, and underinsurance/adequacy of insurance. 

Elena Kidd, Office of Public Health Practice, 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Staff Public Health Service Award. This award is given annually to the staff member with an outstanding record of public health service.  Elena is the project director for the Alabama-Mississippi Training Center, a part of the HRSA funded Region IV Training Center.  In this role she arranges the educational program for the Center directed to the Public Health workforce in Alabama and Mississippi as well as to the other six states in HRSA Region IV.   In addition, she works in the Office of Public Health Practice where she is instrumental in coordinating internships, the SOPH student newsletter (Get A Handle), working with student organizations, coordinating our public health practice speaker series, and working with the state and local health departments.

Craig Wilson, MD, Department of Epidemiology, 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Public Health Service Award. This award is given annually to the faculty member with an outstanding and exemplary record of public health service.  Dr. Wilson has provided extensive service in the form of global health education and capacity building for healthcare worker training at all levels and disciplines, both domestically and globally.  He has made extensive contributions to healthcare worker development and training in Zambia, a country where he has worked for over a decade, as well as in Ethiopia.

Paul Muntner, PhD, Department of Epidemiology, 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Investigator Award. This award is given annually to the faculty member with an outstanding and exemplary record in public health scholarship.  Dr. Muntner has published over 300 scientific articles and been an editor for several journals.  He serves on the American Heart Association Statistical Update as a co-chair which is very prestigious honor for an investigator.  Dr. Muntner has received funding from the NIH, American Heart Association, and Amgen to pursue his research related to risk factors for heart disease, stroke and chronic kidney disease.