Nursing Faculty Member Awarded Fellowship
December 18, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has awarded a Nurse
Educator Fellowship to Illinois Wesleyan University Professor of Nursing Connie Dennis.
The competitive Fellowship is a $10,000 award recognizing those who make significant
contributions to nursing education.
“It is an honor to receive the Fellowship, and signifies the importance of rewarding
faculty development in the field of nursing,” said Dennis, a member of the IWU faculty
since 1973. “I hope to be a strong advocate for nursing professors and undergraduate
programs in nursing.”
The Fellowship is one of 15 awarded across the state, meant to supplement full-time
nursing faculty salaries and to assist with professional development and continuing
education expenses. Dennis plans to continue developing curriculum for nursing students
in caring for people of other cultures. “I’m looking to further develop teaching strategies
to promote transcultural competency in nursing,” said Dennis, who has consulted with
nursing colleges in Mexico and has taught a transcultural course focusing on health
care for Asian-Pacific Islanders and the use of complementary/integrative medicine.
This is the second Nurse Educator Fellowship the IBHE has granted Illinois Wesleyan
in the first two years of the fellowship initiative. In 2006, Associate Professor
of Nursing Sharie Metcalfe received a Fellowship. “It says a lot about Illinois Wesleyan
that we are recognized for our good faculty, and our efforts to promote teaching,”
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960