KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Mar. 10, 2020) – The Research Foundation has honored nursing department faculty members from Kansas City area nursing schools for their teaching excellence, community service, scholarly achievement, leadership and research.
Awards are open to all nursing faculty who teach at Avila University, Research College of Nursing or William Jewell College. The Teaching Excellence Award, Outstanding Community Service Award and Scholarly Achievement Award include a $1,000 honorarium.
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 Research College of Nursing assistant professor Cassie Pearson, MSN and William Jewell College instructor of nursing Debra Penrod, MSN 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 of nursing Rhonda Brown, MSN, William Jewell College visiting instructor of nursing Tiffany Condren, MSN and Research College of Nursing professor and ABSN program director Rebecca Saxton, PhD 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 William Jewell College assistant professor of nursing Sarah Light, MSN as the Scholarly Achievement Award recipient.
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 William Jewell College assistant professor of nursing Kristen Blochlinger, MSN as the Nancy O. DeBasio Faculty Leadership Award recipient.
The Research Foundation also facilitates faculty development by funding short-term research and study projects. Research College of Nursing professor and TBSN program director Glenna Mahoney, DNP was awarded $4,000 for a research grant. Her research will strive to improve access and quality of care provided to victims of sexual assault by using telehealth in rural communities.
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