TWU puts a ‘Spotlight on Faculty Excellence’ in Houston

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HOUSTON — Faculty at the Texas Woman’s University Houston campus are considered among the best in the nation, with 11 selected as national fellows in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and health care administration. This feat is just one of many hallmarks of faculty excellence TWU is highlighting as part of its annual “Spotlight on Faculty Excellence” celebration in November.

First under the “spotlight” are faculty at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, where the university will showcase the exceptional teaching, scholarship and service of its Houston faculty with a luncheon in their honor Nov. 5.

Faculty will be recognized for receiving awards, obtaining research funding, serving on professional associations and other internal and external achievements.

Some examples of TWU Houston faculty excellence are:

  • Patricia Bowyer, Ph.D., associate professor and associate director of occupational therapy in Houston, received the 2015 A. Jean Ayres Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association in recognition of her research in the area of sensory processing.
  • Through the Center for Global Nursing Scholarship in Houston, faculty are advancing nursing curriculum and care throughout the world, including in Vietnam, Peru, China Indonesia, Pakistan and the Netherlands.
  • Physical therapy faculty Wayne Brewer, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Alex Ortiz, Ph.D., associate professor, received a $149,774 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for “Selecting Underrepresented Cohorts and Creating Enhancement of Skills and Scholastic Achievement in PT.”
  • Nursing faculty Constance Ayers, Ph.D., associate professor, and Teresa Maharaj, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor, received a $143,659 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for “ENHANSE: Educating Nurses via Hospital and Nursing Simulated Environments.”
  • Nursing professor Judith MacFarlane, Dr.PH., heads a research team funded by $2.6 million from the Houston Endowment to conduct a seven-year study on abused women and children. The safety, work, health and functioning of the women and their children is chronicled along with the intergenerational impact of violence to offer evidence for global policy and practice standards. Currently in its fifth year, the study has resulted in more than 30 peer-reviewed articles on the findings, which are presented regularly to international audiences and used in many countries to promote the health and well being of marginalized women and children.
  • Carolyn Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition, served as a co-chair for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston’s 2015 Great Futures Dinner, which raised more than $825,000 for the Club.
  • Gerald Goodman, Dr.PH., director of TWU’s Health Care Administration Program in Houston, serves as the academic representative on the board of directors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Southeast Texas Chapter.
  • Nursing faculty Vi Ho, Ph.D., associate clinical professor, is board chair for the Vietnamese American Nurses Association.
  • Ainslie Nibert, Ph.D., associate dean of nursing, is the faculty adviser for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Also, nursing faculty Wyona Freysteinson, Ph.D., associate professor, is currently a scholar in the Leadership Academy.
  • Nursing associate professor Brenda Binder, Ph.D. leads a project funded by a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A graduate nursing education demonstration project for the Texas Gulf Coast region is supported by the grant.

Showing its ongoing commitment to faculty excellence, TWU established a new Center for Faculty Excellence in 2015. The center serves faculty of all ranks on all three campuses and is a “hub” for professional faculty development activities. The center also provides resources, support and inspiration for the development and advancement of faculty in all career phases as teachers, scholars, mentors and leaders.

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