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December 31, 2013
Two Rush College of Nursing professors, Frank D. Hicks, PhD, RN, Assistant Dean for Generalist Education and Professor, and Amber S. Kujath, PhD, RN, ONC, Assistant Professor, each received a prestigious Nurse Educator Fellowship Award from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The Nurse Educator Fellowship program is in its 8th year, and during that time has awarded 117 fellowships to distinguished educators.  This year, 22 awards were given based on the applicant’s commitment to quality and innovation in teaching.
Recipients of the nursing fellowships collaborate with the IBHE and the Illinois Center for Nursing, participate in conferences, and assist in reviewing nomination materials for future fellows. They also will participate in statewide nursing advocacy and prepare final reports that describe their fellowship experiences. Fellows receive $10,000 each to further their work as teachers and researchers.
Hicks will use the $10,000 award to provide additional teaching innovation and nursing education research seed grants through the work of the Center of Excellence for Nursing Education Innovation and Scholarship (CENEIS), which he founded in 2009. The primary mission of CENEIS is to drive paradigmatic shifts in nursing education methodologies and create professional nurses and nurse educators who are prepared to recalibrate health care education.
Kujath will use the award to fund two interdisciplinary teams of Rush students from the College of Nursing (including pre-licensure and advanced practice nursing students), the Medical College and the College of Health Sciences clinical nutrition program for a service learning opportunity at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Triangle D camp.

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