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
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:
Dr. Krysia Hudson, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Amy Daniels, University of Maryland
Dr. Robin Seal-Whitlock, Chesapeake College
Ms. Jane Schroeder, Carroll Community College
Ms. Theresa Libershal, Harford Community College
Find the full list of 2021 awardees here.