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School of Nursing Awards

Nancy Hanrahan

The Faculty Teaching Award recognizes a member of the School of Nursing faculty for excellence in teaching. This year’s recipient, Dr. Nancy Hanrahan, assistant professor of nursing, is “an exemplary teacher, mentor and researcher.” Students praise how she takes every opportunity to involve students in activities and organizations that will aid their growth as nursing professionals. They assert that she teaches from her own, rich background of clinical practice and research, heavily emphasizing not only the essentials of advanced psychiatric practice, but also the practical implications for care. Her teaching style is challenging and growth inspiring, while retaining a true warmth and deep concern for her students.


Marianne Buzby

The Undergraduate Advising Award recognizes a member of the School of Nursing faculty who excels at advising undergraduate students. This year’s recipient is Marianne Buzby, lecturer in the School of Nursing. Ms. Buzby’s true passion is for her students. She believes in the abilities of each student and works diligently to promote growth in each student. She uses humor and her caring personality to successfully engage her students. In her teaching, she “has the extraordinary ability to incorporate her vast clinical skills into a successful curriculum.” She is a teacher’s teacher who is constantly reassessing the learning and teaching that occurs in her courses and strives to make each semester better than the last.


Norma Cuellar

The Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Scholarly Mentorship is awarded to a faculty member who has served as an exceptional mentor to undergraduate students in the introduction and participation of undergraduate nursing research for a minimum of one semester. Dr. Norma Cuellar, assistant professor of nursing, is passionate about the subject of gerontology, encouraging students to explore the unique situation of the elderly and to realize its relevant application to all nursing specialties. One student in particular praised Dr. Cuellar’s devotion in helping her publish a paper in Nursing Outlook. This student credits Dr. Cuellar with making her dream of scholarly pursuits a reality and helping her launch her academic career. Another student working on publishing a paper with Dr. Cuellar acknowledged she brought out her best work and equipped her with the confidence to pursue future research publications.


Connie Scanga

The Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Teaching is awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to educational leadership, undergraduate education, and students. Dr. Connie Scanga, practice assistant professor of nursing, is “not only a superb teacher, but a wonderful advocate for student learning.” As a teacher of anatomy and physiology, Dr. Scanga has had the challenge of teaching a complex subject to students who are not as yet convinced of the importance of this content to their professional education. Dr. Scanga takes students through this material step-by-step and extends considerable time beyond the classroom for private tutorials. She makes her content relevant to the students’ professional goals and aspirations and does it in a manner that electrifies the classroom. Recently, one student nicely summarized her ability as a teacher, “Dr. Scanga’s passion for the subject matter and her commitment to quality is greatly apparent. Her tests are fair, her lectures both interesting and intellectually stimulating. She is probably the best science teacher I have ever had.”


Karen Buhler-Wilkerson

The Barbara Lowery Doctoral Student Organization (DSO) Faculty Award recognizes the significant impact and contributions of a faculty member to the development of future nursing scholars, researchers, and leaders. It is awarded each year to a member of the School’s standing faculty by a vote of the DSO membership. The award was named to honor Dr. Lowery who was instrumental in the lives of so many doctoral students at Penn. Dr. Karen Buhler-Wilkerson is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a professor of community health nursing, and the director of the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. Dr. Buhler-Wilkerson has recruited, mentored and graduated a dedicated cadre of scholars who praise her dedication, integrity, and wisdom. She has forwarded the study of nursing history both nationally and internationally. Her leadership of the Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing has led to seminar exchanges with national and international historical scholars, thereby introducing students to experts in the field and encouraging scholarly exchange. In addition, students from the Center have presented nationally and internationally. Dr. Buhler-Wilkerson is respected within the greater university and she has forged relationships with historians, physicians and scholars. This maintenance of cross disciplinary, cross university, and inter-university collaboration is a hallmark that Penn should celebrate. The DSO is pleased to give her this award to honor her as a leader, scholar, and mentor.




  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 33, May 9, 2006


May 9, 2006
Volume 52 Number 33


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