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Congratulations to the 2022 NFAR Award Recipients!


In early 2022, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) announced the Maryland Nurse Faculty Annual Recognition Awards (NFAR), recognizing faculty for their contributions to nursing education and service to Maryland nursing students.


The awards, administered by MHEC and funded through the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), totaled $230,000 and showcased 23 of Maryland's finest nurse faculty.


The awardees were nominated by their Dean or Director and chosen for demonstrated excellence in the following areas:

  • Excellence in Teaching

  • Impact on Students

  • Engagement in the Nursing Program and Employment Institution

  • Innovation in Education and Technology

  • Contributions to Nursing Education

"The ongoing efforts of these outstanding individuals deserve to be applauded and recognized for their commitment to all Marylanders, as they not only provide cutting-edge training for the current nurse faculty, but are creating new and innovative ways of educating the next generation of nurses in Maryland."
- Dr. James D. Fielder, MHEC Secretary

The list of all 23 award recipients is below:

  • Mr. Rick Cooper​​, Allegany College of Maryland

  • ​Ms. Denise Lyons, ​​Anne Arundel Community College

  • ​Dr. Birthale Archie, ​​Bowie State University

  • ​Ms. Jo Lynn Minnema​, Carroll Community College

  • ​Dr. Roxanne Rash, Cecil College

  • ​Dr. Heather Westerfield, ​Chesapeake College

  • ​Dr. Sara Cano​​​, College of Southern Maryland

  • ​Dr. Stephanie Kratzen​​, Community College of Baltimore County

  • ​Dr. Danita Tolson, ​​Coppin State University

  • Dr. Andrea Hagen, ​​Frederick Community College

  • ​Ms. Lori Manilla​​​, Hagerstown Community College

  • Ms. Mary Beverly Gallagher​, Harford Community College

  • Ms. Colleen Young​​, Howard Community College

  • Dr. Laura Lucas, ​​Johns Hopkins University

  • Ms. Brenda Knopp​​​, Montgomery College

  • Dr. Mary O’Connor​​, Notre Dame of Maryland University

  • Ms. Barbara Engh​​​, Prince George’s Community College

  • Dr. Mary DiBartolo​​, Salisbury University

  • Dr. Nancy Hannafin, ​​Towson University

  • Dr. Joan Davenport​​, University of Maryland

  • Dr. Mary Schroeder​​, University of Maryland Global Campus

  • Dr. Nellie McKenzie​​, Washington Adventist University

  • Ms. Andrea Stern​​​, Wor-Wic Community College

“The average teaching experience of the award recipients was 20 years and included fourteen nominees with doctoral degrees and nine nominees with master's level preparation."
- Dr. Peggy Daw, NSP II Director

Congratulations to these fantastic faculty for this well-deserved award! To learn more about the NFAR awards, visit the NSP II website.


Stay tuned for the LNF 2022 NFAR Spotlight Series individually featuring some of these excellent faculty members!


If you missed our 2021 NFAR Spotlight Series, you can catch up on those features below:

Find the full list of 2021 awardees here.

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