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. Rita E. Arras, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Health & Community Health Nursing
Minority Men's Health--Prostate Cancer
Preventing Tobacco Use in Pregnancy
|Recent Honors / Awards / Recognition: |
Nominee for Teaching Excellence Award from School of Nursing 2007
Primary Courses Taught:
Nursing 475, Both practicum and theory
1978 – B.S., Nursing, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
1991 – M. S., Community Health Nursing, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2002 –Ph,D., Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
How does SIUE support your professional growth or activity as a Teacher-Scholar?
How has one mentor or event shaped your career decision to become a university professor? "Emeritus Professor Dr. Margaret Beaman has been an important mentor; first as a professor and chair of my thesis committee, then as a colleague, and always a friend. Dr. Beaman has encouraged me to pursue more education, been a great sounding board for research ideas, and a steady source of inspiration."