ASPPH Early Career Teaching Excellence Award

The ASPPH Early Career Teaching Excellence Award recognizes a junior faculty member for outstanding teaching and mentoring of students toward distinction in public health research, teaching, and practice. The award is given annually to a full-time faculty member from an ASPPH-member, CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.

2021 Winner

Jonathan Garcia, PhD

Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Jonathan Garcia is Assistant Professor of Global Health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Jonathan uses innovative teaching methods to advance student success through the lens of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (EID). His philosophy is student-centered and draws on theories of Popular Pedagogy to make authentic connections between students’ lived experiences and didactic materials. He mentors students to formulate a critical perspective in courses about participatory and mixed research methods, health in displacement and migration, and public health as a tool for social transformation. He teaches global health systems and politics using his edited volume, Handbook on the Politics of Global Health (Routledge, 2019), which brought together authors from the Global South and North to explore global health governance, human rights, and community mobilization.

As Program Director of Global Health at Oregon State, he played a key role in developing several online programs, including an undergraduate minor in Global Health and an MPH in Public Health Practice. Globally, Jonathan’s mentorship and leadership in developing curricula and training public health professionals includes work on the advisory council of Swasti Health Catalyst, an international health NGO in India, and as a mentor and advisory board member of the South American Program on HIV Prevention Research in Peru (R25 training program).

As a social and behavioral scientist, his community-engaged work is guided by his personal experiences as a gay, Latinx, and immigrant man. His research and peer education programs address the cultural and political factors that drive psychosocial health disparities among LGBTQ+ Latinx and Black communities in the USA and globally. His work as Program Director of the ENLACE (Engaging the Next Latinx Allies for Change and Equity) Program demonstrates how LGBTQ+ Latinx voices can be amplified to mitigate social isolation in 4-H positive youth development programs. Using the 4-H extension model and bridging solidarity among racial-ethic and sexual-gender minority youth, this peer education program will continue to extend the culture of health to communities throughout Oregon.