This award was created by the Academy of Distinguished Educators in Honor of Robert J. Kadner, PhD (1942-2005) Professor and Vice Chair of Microbiology and Founding Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Academy of Distinguished Educators.
Dr. Robert J. Kadner joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1969, rising through the academic ranks to full Professor in 1980. In 1994, he was appointed the Norman J. Knorr Professor of Basic Medical Sciences and held that Chair until his death in August of 2005. Throughout his career, Dr. Kadner was recognized for his advocacy of teaching, particularly instruction in the basic sciences, and his mentorship of medical students, graduate students, fellows, and junior faculty. He organized and taught numerous courses, delivered an impressive number of graduate lectures, and served as course director for many graduate courses as well as medical microbiology. In 1998, he was awarded the first American Society of Microbiology (ASM)-Sponsored Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award.
Dr. Kadner was an internationally recognized microbiologist whose research on microbial physiology spanned four decades. He served as Chair of the ASM Committee on Graduate Education and helped found the ASM Institute for Graduate and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology (since renamed The Kadner Institute, in his honor). He held several positions for the ASM and the Academy for Microbiology, served on government and national society advisory boards, and was an editor of the Journal of Bacteriology.
In acknowledgement of his leadership and teaching excellence, the Academy of Distinguished Educators dedicates the Robert J. Kadner Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching. This award recognizes School of Medicine faculty members who are engaged in basic or clinical laboratory research and demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching in both the classroom and laboratory setting. Through this award, the legacy of Robert Kadner’s devotion to education and research will continue.
“Dr. Kadner is a…legend in teaching at UVA’s Medical School. He is revered by medical students and graduate students alike for his mentorship and his devotion to teaching.” – Robert M. Carey, MD (Dean of the School of Medicine, 1986-2002)