KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Mar. 16, 2023) – The Research Foundation has awarded nursing educators from Avila University, Research College of Nursing, and William Jewell College for teaching excellence, community services, scholarly achievement, and leadership. These awards are presented annually and are open to all nursing faculty at the three institutions.
The Teaching Excellence Award is given to those who have made a positive difference in the teaching climate of their college or university. The Research Foundation recognized William Jewell College assistant professor and nursing simulation coordinator Tiffany Condren, MSN, RNC, CHSE and Research College of Nursing professor Karin Roberts, PhD, RN, CNE as the Teaching Excellence Award recipients.
The Outstanding Community Service Award is given to those who demonstrate service to the community and encourages faculty and students to provide leadership and service that fosters community growth. The Research Foundation recognized Avila University assistant professor Rhonda Brown, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, Research College of Nursing assistant professor Rosalia Molina, RN, PhD, and William Jewell College associate professor of nursing Melissa Timmons, MSN, RNBC as the Outstanding Community Service Award recipients.
The Scholarly Achievement Award is to recognize the involvement of faculty members in scholarly pursuits. The award is given to faculty members who have made a positive difference in scholarly activities. These activities must advance the teaching, research, and practice of nursing through inquiry that is significant to the profession, is creative, can be documented, can be replicated or elaborated, and can be peer-reviewed. The Research Foundation recognized Avila University assistant professor Leah Buck, MSN, RN, William Jewell College assistant professor or nursing Patty Richter, MSN, RN, and Research College of Nursing professor Christine Thurlow, PhD, RN as the Scholarly Achievement Award recipients.
The Teaching Excellence Award, Outstanding Community Service Award and Scholarly Achievement Award all include a $1,500 honorarium.
The Nancy O. DeBasio Faculty Leadership Award honors the career of Dr. Nancy DeBasio who served Research College of Nursing in leadership positions for nearly 30 years. The award includes a $2,500 honorarium and is given to a faculty member who demonstrates heroic leadership, based on Chris Lowney’s four pillars of heroic leadership: self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism. The Research Foundation recognized Research College of Nursing assistant professor Cassie Pearson, MSN, RN, CNE as the Nancy O. DeBasio Faculty Leadership Award recipient.
The Research Foundation also facilitates faculty development by funding doctoral degrees. Avila University nursing faculty member Megan Ashcraft, Cheryl Carlin, and Tracy Koehler; Research College of Nursing faculty members Pamelia Bertrand, Nicole Kreimer, Julia Payne, Cassie Peason, and Sarah Schlanker; as well as William Jewell College nursing faculty members Tiffany Condren and Patricia Richter are eligible for up to $5,000 of funding. Research College of Nursing professor and associate dean for graduate education Maithe Enriquez, PhD, APRN, FAAN was awarded a $3,900 faculty scholarship grant for a research project to develop and implement a small group self-care management intervention for low-income, Hispanic individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Visit theresearchfoundationkc.org/faculty to learn more about The Research Foundation’s nursing faculty development awards and scholarships.