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Posted: 5/19/2010

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) faculty members Sarah "Jodi" Shaefer and Mary Terhaar, and staff member Kelly Wilson-Fowler were recognized for professional excellence with awards given at the Spring All-School Meeting on May 11.

Shaefer and Terhaar were named the 2010 recipients of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Awards. These awards honor faculty members who -- according to their students -- stand out in their role as both a teacher and a mentor.

Jodi Shaefer, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Department of Community Public Nursing, received the Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award. "Dr. Shaefer believes and practices the true tenets of what an astounding nurse should be -- compassionate, caring communicator; ardent, steadfast educator; she remains deeply passionate about her students and her work," wrote one nominating student. "She has consistently shown respect, patience, and understanding for students, both inside and outside of class," said another admiring student.

Mary Terhaar, DNSc, CNS, RN, assistant professor, Department of Health Systems and Outcomes, received the Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award. "Everywhere you go on campus...students know and respect Dr. Terhaar and value her as a pillar of strength, creativity, and vision for nursing students at the JHUSON," said one student. "Dr. Terhaar is respectful, provides encouragement, and supports career goals of students. Her honesty is incredible, as her sensitivity and respect for the student is always first," lauded another nominator.

Dean Hill also presented the Dean's SPOT award, given in recognition of Staff Performing Over the Top, to Kelly Wilson-Fowler, academic program coordinator for the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. In addition to her other responsibilities, Wilson-Fowler volunteered on her personal time to serve as the administrative staff representative on the Haiti fundraising committee and to support the SON Haiti efforts. "Kelly always does these things with competence, a very positive attitude, and with a spirit of working together for the common goal," said assistant professor Elizabeth Beth Sloand, PhD, CRNP, Department of Acute and Chronic Care.