April 26, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –Illinois Wesleyan’s College Panhellenic has awarded its annual Professor of the Year award to Professor of Nursing Carolyn Jarvis, Ph.D., APN.
The award, first presented in 2011, honors and celebrates the University’s talented and inspirational faculty, as well as their impact in the lives of Panhellenic women. Every year, each of the four sororities who are members of College Panhellenic nominate three professors who have helped them achieve their full potential, and every member is encouraged to provide testimonials and vote.
College Panhellenic leaders said Jarvis received the award because of her compassion and dedication to her students, through which she has created a cohesive and collaborative community of nursing students. Students of Jarvis said that she “genuinely cares about her students,” and that she has inspired numerous students “to not only strive for success in their academics, but also to use their education to make a difference in their community.”
Jarvis joined the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan in 1990. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. An internationally recognized authority on health assessment, Jarvis is the author of North America’s most widely used health assessment textbook, Physical Examination and Health Assessment, now in its seventh edition. Her research interests have focused on the physiologic effect of alcohol on the cardiovascular system, and more recently, on learning Spanish in order to provide healthcare locally and in rural Guatemala. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Illinois Nurses Association – 6th District, I.N.A. Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and active in the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing.
By Emily Phelps ’19