Excellence in Teaching

Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Sarkin Award is named in honor of the late Richard T. Sarkin, M.D., Ed. M. ’98, an accomplished pediatrician renowned for his teaching expertise, his efforts to improve the teaching skills of faculty and medical residents, as well as on ways to improve how physicians communicate with patients. The award acknowledges outstanding and significant achievements of UB alumni who have earned distinction as educators at accredited institutions of higher education.

2015 Recipient

Dale Fish,
PhD class of 1982, Anatomical Sciences, Fairport, NY
Dale Fish retired in January, concluding a 40-year career at UB, most recently as the senior associate dean for academic and student affairs in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, and associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science. More than 5,000 students in three programs—physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science—were fortunate to have Fish as their professor for the intensive Gross Human Anatomy course, which he taught for three decades. The recipient of numerous awards, Fish is most lauded by colleagues for his ability to connect with students in the classroom. One colleague remarked “Many academicians focus on scholarship, neglecting teaching and service. Fish has gone against the grain for much of his career, striving for excellence in teaching and service, while also pursuing scholarship.”

Past Winners

2009: Patricia R. McCartney
2008: Michael F. Buckley
2007: David Lazerson
2006: Joseph R. Natiella
2005: Richard T. Sarkin (posthumously)