Georgetown Nursing Professor Wins AACN Teaching Award

JANUARY 27, 2016 – Melody Wilkinson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, assistant professor in the Department of Advanced Nursing Practice at Georgetown, recently earned a teaching award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Wilkinson, who teaches within the Family Nursing Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, picked up the Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award during the association’s doctoral education conference in Florida.

“The purpose of the [award] is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools,” the association says.

‘Teaching With Passion’

The award citation highlights Wilkinson’s commitment to a dynamic classroom environment.

“Dr. Wilkinson approaches teaching with passion while grounding her approach in the best evidence regarding teaching and learning,” the citation reads. “She creates a community of learning that focuses on active teaching and learning techniques. She routinely facilitates a ‘flipped classroom,’ in which she focuses on problem based learning, case studies, and discussion – helping students to achieve a deeper understanding of material.”

To read the full AACN citation, click here.

Innovative Education

Wilkinson says she deeply appreciates AACN’s recognition and feels humbled by the award.

“This award recognizes the rigorous, innovative graduate programs offered by Nursing@Georgetown, where it combines the best of online and face-to-face experiences with carefully selected clinical experiences in the students’ communities,” she says. “On a personal level, the most significant impact of this experience was reading the student and peer letters of nomination that were shared with me. It is an honor to be recognized for doing work about which I feel so passionately.”

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, offered her congratulations.

“I was thrilled to learn that Melody was being recognized in such a meaningful and prominent way by the AACN,” Cloonan says. “Her passion and enthusiasm for education have helped our online master’s-level nursing program become the success that it is today.”

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