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Dr. Munashe Chigerwe recognized for outstanding teaching

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Executive Associate Dean John Pascoe awards Dr. Munashe Chigerwe the 2013 SVM Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.

Dr. Munashe Chigerwe received the 2013 SVM Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at a faculty reception Oct. 30th for excellence in teaching and student mentoring, sustained efforts in planning and implementing the new professional curriculum, and contributions in educational scholarship.

In accepting the honor, Chigerwe said: “I’m really humbled; I’ve learned so much from all of you. I come from a country where the village is so important. I consider you a good village. Thank you so much.”

Dr. Chigerwe is an assistant professor of food animal medicine and surgery. He received his BVSc from the University of Zimbabwe in 2001 and MPH and PhD degrees from the University of Missouri before joining our faculty in 2009. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

He has proven an exceptional instructor in didactic and clinical teaching settings, receiving the Favorite Large Animal Clinician and Favorite Teacher Awards in 2010 and the Favorite Large Animal Clinician and Favorite Faculty Awards in 2011. Student commentary highlights two important qualities: one focused on student learning and the other on student welfare. Dr. Chigerwe emphasizes mechanistic understanding rather than memorization. He understands what motivates students in terms of teaching style, tests, and studying and his content is always presented clearly and concisely, is easy to follow, with pictures relevant to the topic.

Students comment how well he connects with them, calling on them by name in class, and how his story-telling breaks are not only relevant to veterinary medicine, but to life in general. His interest in student learning has led to a research focus determining the learning skill approaches that students use and the relationship between these skills and curricular design.

Dr. Chigerwe has been actively engaged in the planning, implementation, and teaching of the new professional curriculum, serving as a member of the Curriculum Development Steering Committee (2008-2010) and the Curriculum Committee (2010-2013). He has led the development of content in livestock medicine and surgery for both the Large Animal Stream and Livestock Emphasis. 

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Trina Wood
SVM Communications Officer