Honoring Faculty Who Exemplify the Best in Teaching Excellence at LLU

Congratulations to the 2018 award winner Dr. Lawrence Loo!

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A number of private gifts to the University have been made in order to fund an award of $1,000.00 to a faculty member of Loma Linda University every two years in recognition of excellence in teaching on the university level. The purpose of the award is to call attention to the importance of teaching in the life of Loma Linda University and to honor a full-time faculty member every two years who exemplifies the finest traditions of education. The first award was presented at the Loma Linda University Education Conference and Faire 2008. The next award will be given in 2018 as part of the Faculty Development Showcase Week.

The Award

The Kinzer-Rice Award is named after two former faculty members in the School of Dentistry, Dr. Robert Kinzer, professor of restorative dentistry from 1983 until his death in 2005, and Dr. Bruce Rice, professor of oral medicine, 1954 to 1958. Both made important contributions to Loma Linda University, and both were outstanding teachers.

Award Criteria

  1. Has mastered their field of study.
  2. Gives effective educational presentations.
  3. Actively seeks to improve teaching effectiveness.
  4. Encourages colleagues' teaching effectiveness.
  5. Contributes to student long-range success.
  6. Integrates LLU's Mission-focused learning into teaching.

Nomination & Review Process

LLU students and faculty may nominate a full-time faculty member from LLU who exemplifies the award criteria.The Kinzer-Rice Award Committee--comprised of the two most recent award recipients and representatives from the schools, University Faculty Council, the Faculty Development Committee, and the Office of Educational Effectiveness--review the qualifications of all nominees and select a recipient.

Presentation of Award

The recipient of the Kinzer-Rice Award is announced by the Provost during the Faculty Development Showcase Week. The faculty member is presented with an engraved medallion and check. A feature video on the recipient is also presented during the ceremony.

Past Award Recipients

Dr. Bertha Escobar-Poni
Dr. Doyle Nick
Dr. Willie Davis
Eric Johnson


The first faculty member to receive the Kinzer-Rice Award was Dr. Bertha Escobar-Poni, Associate Professor in the School of Medicine (2008). The 2010 recipient was Dr. Doyle Nick, Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry. The 2012 recipient was Dr. Willie Davis, Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy. The 2014 recipient was Dr. Eric Johnson, Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions. The 2016 recipient was Dr. Elaine Hart, Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine. The latest recipient is Dr. Lawrence Loo, Professor in the School of Medicine (2016). View the feature videos for all seven here.


Additional Information

  • Further details on the award selection process, including evidence examples for the award criteria, may be found here.
  • For inquiries, please email KRAward@llu.edu.

Thank You

Students and faculty, thank you for your participation in recognizing excellence in teaching at Loma Linda University!