The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions and tenure for UW-Green Bay faculty members during the board’s meeting June 4 and 5 at UW-Milwaukee. Those promoted from assistant professor to the rank of associate professor with tenure are:
• Tohoro Francis Akakpo, Social Work
• Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, Humanistic Studies
• T. Heather Herdman, Nursing
• Minkyu Lee, Art and Design
• Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development
• Courtney Sherman, Music
• Alison Stehlik, Art and Design
• Mussie Teclezion, Business Administration
• Gail Trimberger, Social Work
• Le Zhu, Human Biology
The lineup is set for the UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary “Last Lecture Series” for the 2015-16 academic year. Each presentation is a Wednesday event beginning at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Christie Theatre.
The lineup of distinguished faculty lecturers:
• Sept. 23 — Derek Jeffreys, Professor, Humanistic Studies, “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison”
• Oct. 21 — Jeff Entwistle, Professor, Theatre and Dance, “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future”
• Nov. 18 — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Nursing, “E-Learning: The Train has Left the Station”
• Feb. 17 — Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies, “Made to Serve: The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values”
• March 23 — Steve Meyer, Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s”
• April 13 — Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science, “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit”
Leveraging technology to make patient assessments more efficient and effective is the driving force behind the development of a new nursing clinical decision support e-tool, developed by T. Heather Herdman and Susan Gallagher-Lepak of the UW-Green Bay Nursing faculty in conjunction with NANDA International (NANDA-I), an association of nursing professionals that develops, refines and publishes terminology accurately reflecting nurses’ clinical judgments. The decision support e-tool now available through the Google Store and the Apple Store, was funded by a grant through WiSYS (WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.) and funds from NANDA International, Inc. The cost is $42.99.
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Creators talk about new e-tool — “Learning the language of nursing in order to explain the judgments nurses make based on patient assessments is often challenging for students,” says Prof. Herdman. “This tool will not only help with that process, but it will also help them to better communicate their knowledge. Instead of having to look up standardized assessment tools and nursing diagnoses in books after assessing a patient during clinicals, we’ve developed an interactive tool that students can use in real time, as they’re working with patients, that provides the standardized language needed for electronic health records, along with evidence-based assessment tools.” Adds Gallagher-Lepak, “When using the e-tool, they will enter basic information and the e-tool will prompt them as to what additional information is needed in order to accurately diagnose or collect additional assessment data. It doesn’t make a diagnosis for them; rather, it suggests potentials, as well as what other information they need to know or gather. Once they’ve completed the process, the student can email the information directly to their instructor for review. It really streamlines and improves the learning process.”
Four UW-Green Bay faculty members will present at a campus luncheon hosted by the WiSys Board of Trustees on Wednesday, May 13. Sharing information about projects currently under way will be Associate Prof. Mike Zorn of Natural and Applied Science, “Smart-Phone Spectrophotometer”; Associate Prof. of NAS Heidi Fencl, “Physics Coach App”; and Associate Prof. of Nursing Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Assistant Prof. T. Heather Herdman, “Development of an Electronic Nursing Diagnosis Clinical App.”
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Informational open house — Following the luncheon, there will be a WiSys Technology Foundation Open House from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Suite 307 of the Environmental Sciences Building. WiSys regional associate Bob Wise, Ph.D., encourages you to stop by for conversation and to learn about funding opportunities and resources available to UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff. While dropping in is encouraged, an RSVP (with ASchiff@wisys.org, or at (608) 316-4037) will help with the planning.
UW-Green Bay’s new online bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management and Technology received good news Thursday afternoon: initial accreditation by the national accrediting agency. The decision by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management was relayed to campus by UW Extension, which coordinates the HIMT program offered in collaboration by Extension and UW universities at Green Bay, Parkside, Stevens Point and La Crosse. In sharing the news here, Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, praised “outstanding work by HIMT program director, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski, supported by her chair, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, and former Dean of OAA Steve VandenAvond.”
Eight UW-Green Bay students from the Professional Program in Nursing class 447, Leadership and Management, visited Preble High School recently, accompanied by Assistant Prof. Tyczkowski, to meet with students in the Phuture Phoenix FLITE program. FLITE is an after-school group at Preble targeted at keeping high-schoolers interested in pursuing higher ed. The UW-Green Bay students shared why they became nurses, the various paths taken to become a nurse and what areas of nursing they are pursuing. For a photo and more, see the Nursing blog.
Assistant Prof. Brenda Tyczkowski of Nursing, academic director of the Health Information Management Technology collaborative online master’s program for UW-Green Bay, was selected to participate in a web-based project to promote best practices in online learning. The sponsoring consortium — led by outreach, distance learning and continuing education specialists from partner institutions UW-Extension, Cal-Irvine and the University of Washington — calls itself ASG or Actions, Solutions, Growth: University Partners. Tyczkowski participated in the “ASG Best In Show” initiative showcasing how experienced online faculty design, develop, and teach online courses. A collection of instructional overview videos and topic-focused interview videos and tip sheets provide answers to commonly asked questions. To listen and learn about Tyczkowski’s online teaching experiences.
Nursing faculty members Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Janet Reilly, in collaboration with Cheryl M. Killion from Case Western Reserve University, have published an article titled “Are Virtual Classrooms Colorblind?” in the March 15 issue of the online Journal of Professional Nursing. (It will be published in hardcopy form in the July-August 2015 issue.) The article explains that e-learning, becoming increasingly prevalent in nursing education, provides education opportunities for all students; the article explores issues of availability to students, usage, quality of e-learning and the extent to which culture has been integrated into online learning. The article also explains the format and design of E-learning that have historically been most successful.
Congratulations are in order for program chair Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Dean Sue Mattison, and the entire faculty and staff of the Professional Program in Nursing. Earlier this week, UW-Green Bay hosted a three-day site visit by reviewers for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. They looked at four broad areas and 28 separate standards in assessing the candidacies of the undergraduate program for re-accreditation and the new master’s program for initial accreditation. According to their preliminary, verbal report presented to Nursing and campus officials on Wednesday, the UW-Green Bay programs met all standards. The CCNE visitors reviewed documents and met with nursing students, faculty, community members, and various departments around campus. Their report will be forwarded to the CCNE’s Accreditation Review Committee and subsequently to their Board of Commissioners after which a final decision will be made on accreditation status. In a written thank-you, the Nursing program “wishes to thank all involved in the accreditation site visit this week including Dean Sue Mattison and staff in the Dean of Professional Studies Office, BSN and MSN students, numerous faculty and staff, departments that work closely with nursing such as Academic Technology Services, Library, Registrar and Financial Aid, nursing alumni, and so many others.”