It’s not every faculty member who can turn a subject like biostatistics into one in which students are eager to learn it.
But that’s what Professor Anthony Guarino, PhD of the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation has accomplished during his two years at the MGH Institute.
It’s for this and other accomplishments such as serving as a consultant to many faculty and student projects, and his strong commitment to interprofessional collaboration, that he was awarded the 2011 Nancy T. Watts Teaching Award – the highest prize given to a faculty member at Boston’s health sciences graduate school.
The Watts Award is named after Professor Emerita Nancy T. Watts, PhD, PT, FAPTA, who in 1989 was the first recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching that was created to recognize individual faculty members for outstanding achievement in teaching. It was renamed in 1996 in her honor. Dr. Watts, who helped create the Institute and then was its first Director of the Physical Therapy program, passed away in April 2011.
A plethora of enthusiastic endorsement letters from students and faculty in Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Physical Therapy, and the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation supported Dr. Guarino’s nomination. The letters cited the qualities outlined in the award criteria: creativity in teaching, a mentor to students and faculty alike, responsive to the individual learning needs of students, and recognition and respect by professional colleagues.
A Doctor of Nursing Practice student described Dr. Guarino this way: “He is always available to answer questions, has a quick wit, is fiercely committed to students, and has an uncanny way of making everyone feel they can succeed.”
A second recommendation, from a faculty colleague, cites that Dr. Guarino “is a treasured mentor to many of our faculty, an outstanding teacher and always willing to meet individually with students and faculty. He is exceedingly funny and entertaining while teaching one of the topics most dreaded by students … and has that rare gift that only the most outstanding teachers possess: to walk into a lecture or engage in the online environment, ascertain what students need, and adjust material to their level without missing a beat.”
Dr. Guarino received his PhD in Statistics & Research Methods from the University of Southern California, Department of Educational Psychology, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His academic career includes thirty-plus years of post-secondary teaching.
He co-authored the following statistics textbooks, Applied Multivariate Research Design and Interpretation (2006), Analysis of Variance Designs with SPSS and SAS (2008), and Data Analysis Using SAS Enterprise Guide (2009). The Applied Multivariate Research Design and Interpretation has been contracted for a second edition due in 2012. He has published over 50 refereed research articles in a variety of fields in heath, education, psychology, assessment, and statistics and presented nearly one-hundred papers at national and regional conferences.