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Excellence in teaching award

May 23, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy professor Mary Tracy-Bee is the winner of the 2016 Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)-Thieme Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Mary Tracy-Bee with the president of the Human Anatomy and Physiology SocietyTracy-Bee teaches anatomy to graduate students as well as undergraduate biology students.  

She has also served as an adjunct professor at Oakland University and Wayne State University where she has taught medical students, other graduate health professional students and many undergraduate pre-professional students.  

Tracy-Bee holds appointments at three hospitals where she reviews anatomy with residents from many programs including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, GI, ENT, OBGYN, OMM and neurology.

As might be expected, Tracy-Bee earned 24 other teaching and research awards including the Teaching Excellence Award from Oakland University and Educator of the Year from Wayne State University Physician Assistant Program.

Tracy-Bee published three anatomy texts and workbooks as well as e-books and many journal articles.  

Her research involves engaging students in interactive anatomy education and investigating age related changes in the morphology of the common carotid artery.  

When not engaged in excellent teaching, Tracy-Bee enjoys traveling, yoga, tennis, training for triathlons and spending time with her three children and extended family.

About the Award:

Two years ago, HAPS and Thieme got together to provide the largest award given by HAPS.

This award represents a partnership between HAPS and Thieme, both of whom are dedicated to supporting the best A&P teachers in the world.

Establishing this award was a way of recognizing some of the amazing educators in HAPS.  

Each year colleagues of nominate each other for this award, and each year a committee of distinguished HAPS members go through the agonizing process of narrowing the field and choosing a winner.  

The award includes funds to attend the HAPS Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, May 21-25, 2016 as well as complimentary registration.  

In keeping with the philosophy of the HAPS Annual Conference, Tracy-Bee will share her expertise by giving the HAPS-Thieme Excellence in Teaching Workshop.

Her workshop is entitled “Best Practices for Teaching Effectiveness, Student Inspiration and Classroom Joy!” and will be at 8:30am on Wednesday, May 25, in room IC 103.  For more information, read on:

As experienced educators, we have learned first hand the importance of creating a teaching style that engages our students. Gone are the days of the classroom where facts were simply stated. Now is the time where we aim to inspire and teach critical thinking and compassion. Many of us accomplish this through service learning, peer-feedback, educational games and crafts, Thieme atlases, and discussing clinical vignettes. This presentation will focus on activities that help form inspired, smart students who want to be in our classroom. Come to hear about some tried-and-true activities and be prepared to share some of your own.

Dr. Mary Tracy-Bee with the Theima Publishers who sponsored the award:

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