Faculty Educator of the Month: November 2012

Edward F. Jackson, Ph.D.

Edward F. Jackson, Ph.D., Deputy Chair, Chief of the Section of MR and Ultrasound Physics, and Professor in the Department of Imaging Physics and Director of the Medical Physics Graduate Education Program at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the November 2012 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Students in the GSBS Medical Physics Graduate Education Program can pursue two degree tracks: 1) a specialized master of science degree designed for students seeking to enter clinical practice as medical physicists and 2) master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees for students focused more on research than clinical activity. Dr. Jackson was the Deputy Director for this program from 1999 to 2004, when he was promoted to Director.

As a faculty member at the GSBS, Dr. Jackson has had a great deal of experience in the classroom over the past two decades. For example, he has been a lecturer and/or course coordinator for 13 courses and numerous training programs. He also has participated in diagnostic imaging physics rotations, a physics course for Radiation Oncology residents, and a symposium session on functional MRI.

At MD Anderson, Dr. Jackson has been a co-director and lecturer for the Hands-On MRI Workshop for Physicists and a lecturer and/or developer for five magnetic resonance imaging-related courses. Outside of MD Anderson, he has been a lecturer or invited speaker for a long list of courses at institutions and scientific meetings throughout the country.

Since 1992, Dr. Jackson’s educational efforts also have included service on 40 advisory committees and 41 supervisory committees. Furthermore, he has chaired or served on 16 examining committees and directly supervised 7 MS, PhD, and MD/PhD graduate students and 3 postdoctoral fellows.

During his career at MD Anderson and the GSBS, Dr. Jackson has been honored several times for his educational contributions. This year alone, he was made a member of The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, received a GSBS faculty reappointment with highest commendation, and was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by The University of Texas. He also received the William Randolph Hearst Foundations Faculty Achievement Award in Education in 2007.

Dr. Jackson received his Ph.D. degree in biophysics from the GSBS in 1990. That same year, he was named an Assistant Professor of Radiology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In 1993, he came to MD Anderson as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Physicist in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and was named to the GSBS faculty. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and Professor in 2004.

In addition to his directorial positions in the GSBS Medical Physics Graduate Education Program, Dr. Jackson was named Chief of the Section of MR and Ultrasound in 2002 and Deputy Chair of the Department of Imaging Physics in 2004. He also served as Deputy Chair ad interim for the Department of Imaging Physics from 2002 to 2004.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Jackson has been the principal investigator, the project leader, the study chairman, a co-investigator, or a collaborator for numerous funded research grants and clinical research projects. He also has served on study sections for the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Jackson has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics and Medical Physics. In addition, he has been a reviewer for several other journals. Over the span of his career, Dr. Jackson has authored 70 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 11 book chapters, 8 invited articles, and 1 book.

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