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Two CSON students to be presented with teaching excellence awards

Connell News


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (April 2014) --

School of Nursing teaching assistants Eileen Searle, Ph.D. ’15, and Chelsea Spindel, M.S., ’14, will receive the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award for the 2013-2014 school year.

The award recognizes graduate teaching fellows and teaching assistants who distinguish themselves in classroom instruction.

 “The professors that I work with are wonderful role models and I am very honored and grateful to be a recipient of this award,” said Spindel, who is in the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program and has been a teaching assistant with the Connell School of Nursing for the past two years. Spindel added that she believes the experience has helped to advance her nursing career, and the award is proof positive.

Searle, a doctoral student, was also named a Jonas Scholar earlier in the semester, which is part of a national effort to stem the nursing faculty shortage and prepare future nurses.

In a note to staff and faculty, Kathy Hutchinson, associate dean of graduate programs and professor, said CSON was fortunate to have many great teaching assistants, who made significant contributions to the educational mission of the school.

“We thank them for their insights, expertise, and enthusiasm that they brought to their courses and students,” Hutchinson said.

- O. Angela Bowser, CSON Communications Specialist