Richard J. Ingebretsen was recognized with the Salt Lake University Institute of Religion’s annual Excellence in Education award at a luncheon April 10.

Each spring semester, students at the Salt Lake University Institute of Religion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are asked to nominate a faculty member from the University of Utah who exemplifies excellence in teaching, mentoring and supporting students in achieving their academic and personal goals, according to information from the Institute.

Ingebretsen, a graduate of the University of Utah’s School of Medicine, is the associate dean for student affairs for the College of Science and is a professor in the physics and astronomy department. He also teaches at the School of Medicine, where he is a clinical instructor of medicine and the director of the wilderness medicine program. He is also an emergency room physician, founder of the Glen Canyon Institute and Wilderness Medicine of Utah and vice chairman of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Criteria for the award include that a professor respects and honors the beliefs and values of his/her students, is involved with student life both in and outside the classroom, maintains the integrity and dignity of his/her position and encourages and empowers students to excel in their education outside of the classroom, according to information from the Institute.