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Chancellors Club Teaching & Research Awardees

Susan Carlson, Ph.D.

Chancellors Research Award

Susan Carlson joined the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1999 as a Professor in the KU School of Nursing and School of Medicine, taking appointments in Pediatrics/Neonatology and OB-GYN. She has made tremendous strides in research, publishing more than 165 peer-reviewed articles, 37 book chapters and other invited articles. 

At the beginning of her career, Dr. Carlson discovered that infants’ formulas were missing vital nutrients for infant growth and development. Through her hard work and research, approximately 99% of infant formula contain the nutrients she discovered were missing. In 2017, she was named a University Distinguished Professor in the University of Kansas Medical Center and was appointed associate dean for research in the KU School of Health Professions. 

For more than 20 years, Dr. Carlson has dedicated her time, research and service to inspiring students and making innovative strides in Pediatric and family wellness at The University of Kansas. 

Steve Hillmer, Ph.D.

Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award

Dr. Steve Hillmer joined the KU School of Business in 1977 and was named Director of Finance, Economics, and Decision Science Division in 2011. In 2016, he was selected as the Director of the Davis Center for Figure Sense where he remains today.

Hillmer also served as the Director for Analytics, Information, and Operations Management from 2018 to 2019. He has authored and co-authored numerous books and academic journals throughout his career. 

For more than four decades, Hillmer has inspired students by encouraging them to learn for the value, not the grades.  

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