USF awards faculty members for excellence
Aug. 21, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The University of Saint Francis (USF) has awarded two faculty members for excellence in teaching. The awards were presented at the university’s Faculty Scholarship Banquet at the North Campus on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Both faculty members teach in the Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences.
Professor Dr. David Johnson received the 2012-2013 Leepoxy Award for Teaching Excellence. USF students submitted nominations for the Leepoxy Award, which were then reviewed by a faculty committee to determine the recipient. Johnson, an exemplary teacher and community mental health expert, also received the Excellence in Faculty Leadership and Management Award from the National Student Nurses Association in 2010 and 2007, and the Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award from University of Saint Francis for 2004-2005.
Rita Deininger, assistant professor and Associate of Science in Nursing Director, was awarded the 2012-2013 Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. Nominations and selection were made by faculty members based on teaching performance and service to the campus community. Deininger earned the Adena Carney Award at Parkview-Medical School of Nursing in 1983 and is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the Northeast Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
“We are proud to honor professors Johnson and Deininger with these teaching awards,” said Dr. J. Andrew Prall, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Their commitment to excellence and dedication to students are emblematic of the Franciscan values that guide our mission here at the University of Saint Francis."
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. The university’s College of Adult Learning designs focused curriculum for working adults by offering online and accelerated programs, through its Virtual, Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.
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