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Teaching Excellence Award

Associate Professor of Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing Wins 2010 Teaching Excellence Award

(Prepared by SIUE Public Affairs Office) Valerie Yancey, associate professor of primary care and health systems nursing in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, recently won the 2010 Teaching Excellence Award. The nominating committee described Yancey as "a very knowledgeable educator who encourages students to see themselves as 'transformed thinkers.'" Yancey received a $2,000 prize as part of the recognition.

"She effectively uses her student's reflections and personal experiences to illustrate clear examples that result in a multi-modal approach to teaching and learning," the committee's report cited. The committee consists of faculty members and students. Yancey also has been instrumental in developing curriculum for the SIUE doctor of nursing practice program.

The committee also named four Teaching Distinction Award recipients for 2010, which included tenure-track faculty members Catherine Seltzer, assistant professor in the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature; David Cluphf, associate professor in the department of kinesiology and health education in the School of Education; and Yun Lu, assistant professor of chemistry. The committee also chose a non-tenure track faculty member for the Distinction Award: Cindy McAndrews, partnership supervisor and instructor in the SIUE School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Each of the four Distinction Award recipients received $500.

Yancey earned a bachelor's at Valparaiso University, as well as a bachelor of science in Nursing and an MSN-R and a Ph.D., both from Saint Louis University. She has authored several scholarly publications and is a member of professional societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Theta Tau, the Epsilon Eta Chapter, Missouri Nurses Association, American Holistic Nurses Association and the American Critical Care Nurses Association as lifetime member. Seltzer was described by the committee as a "gifted and passionate faculty member" who is "extremely articulate, enthusiastic and engaging." It was noted that Seltzer tailors her classes to meet the individual needs of her students. The committee said Cluphf was "a perfect example of an educator who practices what he preaches." It was further stated that he "demonstrates tremendous energy and commitment to student learning." Lu impressed the committee because of his role as a mentor for students pursuing advanced degrees in chemistry. The committee stated: "His research collaboration with students resulted in published papers in top-notch chemistry journals." The committee chose McAndrews for the non-tenure-track faculty award because she "provides an engaging classroom environment that allows active participation of students.' The committee stated further: "Her teaching philosophy shows a very thoughtful and learning-oriented educator that involves students in living the teaching/learning experience."

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