TAMIU Nursing Faculty Member Gets State Innovations in Teaching Award

TAMIU Nursing Faculty Member Gets
State Innovations in Teaching Award

A Texas A&M International University faculty member has been named the recipient of the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education’s (TOBGNE) Innovations in Teaching Award for 2008.

Whitney Bischoff
Dr. Whitney Bischoff

Dr. Whitney Bischoff, associate professor for TAMIU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr. F.M. Canseco School of Nursing, received notification of her award by TOBGNE president, Dr. Paulette Burns. TOBGNE is dedicated to serving Texas by promoting standards of excellence in nursing education programs to facilitate high quality healthcare.

The Award was based on Dr. Bischoff’s submission “Culture in Nursing: Designing an Online Course to Encourage Collaboration and Enhance Learning.” Bischoff will be presented with the award and discuss her project at the TOBGNE fall meeting in Austin.

The Award recognizes innovations by Bischoff during several semesters of teaching a large online class to undergraduate students. Bischoff explained that although the class never meets in person, a sense of collaboration and community develops.

“The class is structured to encourage collaboration between students and communication with the professor. Students are encouraged to improve their writing throughout the semester and have an opportunity to submit some written assignments a second time so they are not penalized for their learning curve. Even though the class never meets in person, by employing real-time chat, students report that they feel as though they know the teacher as well as if there were class meetings,” she said.

Natalie Burkhalter, School of Nursing interim dean, said the award is a fitting recognition for this accomplished faculty member.

“We have great faculty to meet the demands of our student population and Dr. Bischoff’s use of technology to assist in the professional development of our students is a prime example,” Burkhalter said.

Originally from San Francisco, CA, Bischoff holds her BSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, Houston and her MSN from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her DrPH was earned at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also holds an advanced certificate in gerontology from UH-Manoa.

She joined TAMIU’s nursing faculty in 2006 as adjunct and became full time faculty in September 2008. She lives in Seguin with her husband and four dogs.

The Canseco School of Nursing offers a BSN program and a RN/BSN completion for those holding the RN. At the graduate level, a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner is available.

For additional information on TAMIU and its nursing programs, contact the School of Nursing at 326.2450, visit offices in Dr. F. M. Canseco Hall, room 315 or click on tamiu.edu/cson

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