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Academic Support Head Named

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Norman W. Pedigo Jr.

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“I am convinced that Norm Pedigo will make the Teaching and Academic Support Center a vital and useful unit for faculty across the entire campus. Through the years he has demonstrated his commitment and thoughtfulness on a range of teaching and learning issues. His achievements in this area were recognized by his selection as keynote speaker last year by the American Association of Medical Colleges on the use of handheld devices in the education of medical students.”

-- Michael T. Nietzel,
provost,
University of Kentucky

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August 14, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Norman W. Pedigo Jr., an associate professor of pharmacology and anesthesiology in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed the director of UK’s new Teaching and Academic Support Center, UK Provost Michael T. Nietzel announced. The appointment, subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees, is effective Sept. 1.

In the new position, Pedigo will oversee the center as it meets the instructional support needs of faculty across the university, including pedagogical innovation, effective applications of teaching technology, development of alternative instructional modes of delivery, classroom support, and short- and long-term planning future technological enhancements.

Pedigo will assist departments and colleges with strategic planning and curriculum re-design; conduct strategic financial planning based on information on classroom and technology usage; serve as a representative to various statewide agencies; assist the Office of the Provost in identifying faculty instructional needs; and provide overall direction for the activities and functions of the center in support of the teaching mission of the university.

“I am convinced that Norm Pedigo will make the Teaching and Academic Support Center a vital and useful unit for faculty across the entire campus. Through the years he has demonstrated his commitment and thoughtfulness on a range of teaching and learning issues. His achievements in this area were recognized by his selection as keynote speaker last year by the American Association of Medical Colleges on the use of handheld devices in the education of medical students,” Nietzel said.

The new center was announced this spring by Nietzel as a means of consolidating and streamlining the number of units that provide technological and other support to academic units across campus. A 10-member committee of UK administrators and faculty proposed the center as a means of cutting costs and increasing efficiency in providing services.

Among the activities housed within the center are audio-visual services, Information Systems Technology Support of distance learning, UK Digital Library, resource support for teaching technology, and faculty development pertinent to all aspects of teaching and learning.

Pedigo has served as curriculum coordinator in the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology in the UK College of Medicine since 1998. He has been an associate professor of pharmacology and anesthesiology in the College of Medicine since 1988. He came to UK as an assistant professor of pharmacology and anesthesiology in 1985.

Prior to that, Pedigo was assistant professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at Louisiana State University from 1980 to 1985.

He earned his doctoral degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1977. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1973.

His research has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapy, Science, the European Journal of Pharmacology, the Journal of Physiology, Neurobiology of Aging, Life Sciences, and many others. He has organized and published two international research symposia and has been an invited speaker at meetings of numerous professional organizations.


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