The distinctive character of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is defined by the faculty's demonstrated capability to fulfill the values of the Teacher Scholar Philosophy; a philosophy guided by a serious and continuing commitment to teaching, scholarship and service in the belief that scholarship complements and enriches excellence in teaching and service.
Adapted from the Teacher Scholar Philosophy of SIUE, Teacher Scholar Philosophy Working Group, 6/2/08
Dr. Laura Bernaix
Professor, Department of Family Health & Community Health Nursing
| Recent Honors / Awards / Recognition: |
2007 Co-Author, Research Paper of the Year Award, MCN: American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing
April, 2006 Awarded the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award
July 2003 Fellow for the Institute of Urban Research – SIUE
April, 2003 --2003 Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) Hill Rom Maternal-Child Nursing Award
Primary Courses Taught:
N354 - Care of Women & Childbearing Families (didactic and clinical practicum)
M.S.N., University of Evansville, Evansville, IN (1986)
B.S., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL (1978)
How does SIUE support your professional growth or activity as a Teacher-Scholar?
What is a unique aspect of your professional life that enhances your service to the academic or greater community?
"I actually have two mentors who shaped my career decision to become a university professor. My grandfather was a Professor of English Literature and French Language for over 30 years at Monticello College (now Lewis and Clark Community College) in Godfrey, Illinois. I remember him telling me how much he enjoyed helping his students become proficient in these two subjects and the time he devoted to his faculty role. I would frequently meet his students when I went to his office after school, and although I was only school-age, I was impressed with the reciprocal relationship he had with his students. They learned from him and he learned from them. I knew back then that no matter what specific career path I would pursue, I would want to eventually include teaching as a part of it.
My second mentor has been and continues to be Dr. Cynthia Schmidt, faculty in the School of Nursing. Although she probably hates me to remind her, she was my Pediatric nursing instructor during my undergraduate nursing program. I remember that her enthusiasm for nursing and her compassionate teaching style reinforced my inner desire to become a university professor. She served as my role model and someone who I wished to emulate eventually in my career."