Recognition, Achievements and Awards
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing believes it is important to honor and celebrate our faculty, alumni and students and their achievements in and contributions to scholarship, research and service. This catalog of honor is one way we say “Thank you” for the diligence and integrity they display through their work each and every day.
Joanne V. Hickey, Ph.D., R.N., APRN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, FCCM, professor, UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, is a recipient of the 2014 UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. “Education is transformational,” said Dr. Hickey. “As a teacher, I am privileged to have the opportunity to influence the growth and development of students as critical thinkers and leaders who apply their knowledge to achieve optimal outcomes for countless individuals and populations.”
Offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health University of Texas System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards are the Board of Regents’ highest honor. With a monetary award of $25,000, the awards are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance.
Former student receives prestigious international health award
Posted: Aug. 21, 2014
Alumna Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN and associate dean of academic affairs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill School of Nursing, was selected as the recipient of the Special Award for Outstanding Health Professional Educators by a committee representing the Prince Mahidol Award Conference. She was one of seven international educators chosen for the award and the only nurse. Selection criteria called for visionary leaders who have successfully implemented innovative teaching techniques that are "part of an evidence-base for producing quality health personnel." Dr. Sherwood traveled to Thailand to receive the award during the closing ceremony of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference.
Alumna inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing
Posted: Aug. 6, 2014
Ruth Rea (PhD 1987) was one of 10 nurses recently inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nursing (AEN). AEN honors nurses who have made enduring, substantial contributions to emergency nursing, and who continue to advance the profession. Dr. Rea has a long history of teaching and research in emergency care and provided leadership in launching the Trauma Nursing Core Course, now disseminated to all 50 states.
Michael L. Evans receives the 2014 Luther Christman Award
Posted: July 11, 2014
James Pittman named one of "Fab 5" Nurses
Posted: July 11, 2014
District 5 of the Texas Nurses Association in the Austin area has named alumnus James Pittman (BSN '04, MSN '12) to their "Fab 5" nurses for embodying service to the community and being positive roles models of professional nursing.
Gaurdia Banister receives diversity award
Posted: June 4, 2014
Cheryl Spencer appointed CEO of Victory Medical Center in Fort Worth
Posted: Feb. 3, 2014
Mary Lou Bond appointed to Fulbright Specialist program
Posted: Jan. 10, 2014
Mary Lou Bond, PhD (1984), RN, CNE, FAAN, was recently named a Fulbright Specialist. As such, she will join other specialists and travel to “collaborate with professional counterparts at non-U.S. institutions in curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities," according to the Fulbright Specialist website. Bond's focus will be on faculty development and mentoring programs in the academic environment. Her experience building a robust mentoring program for College of Nursing PhD students as well as her own experiences as a learner and professor give will serve her well on these projects.