AOF W. Douglas Ward, PhD Educator of the Year

Deadline: No longer accepting nominations for 2019

National Industry Recognition

The designation "Educator of the Year" is awarded to an individual who not only emulates the osteopathic profession’s highest standards of excellence in teaching, but one who is passionate about osteopathic medicine, has made a significant impact on the academic advancement of osteopathic students and has made long-standing contributions to the profession in the academic arena.  The recipient’s legacy is and will continue to be powerful and impact many.


The nominee need not be a DO, but must be associated with and currently involved in osteopathic education and meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to osteopathic medicine and the profession
  • Exemplifies and encourages osteopathic principles in his or her teachings
  • Has made a significant impact on students, peers, academic institution, and the osteopathic profession
  • Has made long-standing contributions to the profession in the academic arena
  • Demonstrates compassion in his or her role as an educator
  • Exhibits leadership in his or her role as an educator

 Former recipients of this award are not eligible to reapply for a period of three years.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of recommendation/support from the nominator
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation/support from three references
  • The nominee's current Curriculum Vitae (should include current memberships, osteopathic or other)
  • Supporting documentation in the form of formal commendations, citations or awards, newspaper or magazine articles, or other media-related profiles will be accepted, but shall serve only as evidence to support the nomination (optional)

Submit a nomination online. 

W. Douglas Ward, PhD was a 28-year veteran of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) who passed away in 2014. A member of the AOF’s original grants and awards committee, Dr. Ward was truly dedicated to the osteopathic profession. Dr. Ward’s life revolved around raising the standard of osteopathic medical education within the profession.