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When Susan Morgan earned the top award for faculty members, the Byler Award, in 2003, her colleagues described her as the “epitome of professionalism.” Known for her commitment to excellence, the professor emerita of nursing developed her reputation as an exceptional educator among those whose lives she touched at CMSU.
Morgan came to Central Missouri’s Department of Nursing in 1976 after a professional nursing career in the U.S. Army and some previous teaching positions. An outstanding classroom teacher and mentor, she was known by her CMSU students as someone who taught them “life lessons” in addition to preparing them for professional careers. She had an exceptional record of scholarly activities and professional service, always striving to implement new technology into the classroom whenever possible. She developed and implemented nursing courses taught via the Internet at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
Morgan’s work beyond the classroom included grant writing that led to thousands of dollars in financial awards, and scholarly contributions to books and professional journals. She demonstrated leadership as president, vice president and member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Nurses Association and past president of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Boston College, Boston; a master’s degree in guidance and counseling at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; and a master’s degree and a doctorate in nursing at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City.