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Flanigan-Skinner Receives UW Alumni Outstanding Faculty Award
April 27, 2009 — A committee of Wyoming Student Alumni Association members has selected Margaret Flanigan-Skinner as this year's Outstanding Faculty Award recipient. This award recognizes faculty members who are dedicated to student success and make significant impacts on students' lives.
An academic professional lecturer in the UW Department of Zoology and Physiology, Flanigan-Skinner is devoted to student learning. In the words of her nominator, Zachary Peters of Buffalo, a senior in zoology/physiology, "I know of no other faculty members who create a better learning environment or who cares as sincerely about the interests and futures of their students as Dr. Flanigan-Skinner."
She is characterized as a dedicated faculty member and trusted adviser, supporting students both in their academic and co-curricular activities. Flanigan-Skinner says she knows that all students are capable of learning, yet they do so at different rates and through various means. She creates a classroom environment that supports a variety of learning styles.
Peters says, "Dr. Flanigan-Skinner spends extensive hours outside of class with students to facilitate their learning. She maintains an open-door policy, allowing students to approach her with any questions they have."
Flanigan-Skinner emphasizes the importance of the subject matter she teaches; many of her students pursue careers in health care. She holds students accountable for learning the required material to maintain standards in patient care, and she supports them as they pursue the knowledge.
Her favorite aphorism for students (and herself) comes from the Japanese saying: "Fall down three times, stand up four."
Flanigan-Skinner received a B.S. in biochemistry at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She then earned a Ph.D. in physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at the University of Toronto Medical School.
She first pursued clinical work, with an emphasis in sleep disorders medicine. Before coming to UW, she served as a clinical scientist at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge and was responsible for expanding the existing Respiratory Sleep Disorders Clinic into England's first multidisciplinary sleep disorders center. She began teaching at UW in the Zoology and Physiology Department in 2003. Additionally, she serves as the faculty adviser to the student organization Face AIDS.
Alumni Award -- Margaret Flanigan-Skinner assists senior Zach Peters of Buffalo on a project to compare levels on a peak expiratory flow meter. Wyoming Student Alumni Association members selected Skinner as this year's outstanding faculty member in recognition of her dedication to student success.
Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009