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Putnam Named Recipient of Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Education

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 24, 2011) – Recognized by her peers for her dedication to her students at all levels of study, Janice Putnam, Ph.D., R.N., has been selected by the University of Central Missouri to receive the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

Putnam, associate dean of UCM’s Graduate School and associate professor in UCM’s Department of Nursing, received the award from UCM President Charles Ambrose and Board President Walt Hicklin during the UCM Board of Governors meeting Feb. 24. She also will join college and university educators from across the state as they are recognized by Gov. Jay Nixon at a special awards ceremony April 6 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Criteria for receiving the award are evidence of effective teaching, innovation in course design and delivery, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence, and success in nurturing student achievement

Janice Putnam, MIssouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Educationi
Janice Putnam, Ph.D., R.N., center, associate professor of nursing and associate dean of the Graduate School, was recognized as the recipient of the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education during the Feb. 24 meeting of the UCM Board of Governors. Presenting the award to Putnam were University President Charles Ambrose, left, and Walt Hicklin, right, president of the UCM Board of Governors..

Putnam joined the Department of Nursing in 1998 and has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses across the UCM’s nursing curriculum. She was named to the graduate faculty in 2008 and serves on the doctoral committee adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was named associate dean of the UCM Graduate School in 2010.

In nominating Putnam, Cathey Sherrer, UCM assistant professor of nursing, praised Putnam’s interest in evidence-based teaching methods and community-engaged scholarship, noting that her teaching and scholarship over the years have produced several external grants, multiple refereed publications and evaluative reports.

 “Perhaps her best qualities are reflected in her ability to embrace new research and share these activities with her students,” Sherrer said. “Janice’s experience includes teaching graduate and undergraduate nursing courses, adding content emphasizing evidence-based practice. As a faculty scholar, she is devoted to the duties and responsibilities for successful scholarship at all levels, including the department, the college, the university and the professional community.”

Jo Riggs, assistant professor of nursing, also noted in her nomination that Putnam “makes herself readily available to her students, frequently providing support and mentoring. Dr. Putnam is innovative in her teaching, has the ability to adjust to the level of her students, and is continuously looking for innovative ways to promote and assess student learning.”

Through a collaborative effort between the UCM Department of Nursing and the Lee’s Summit School District, Putnam and Tracy Colon, pre-professional nursing instructor, Summit Technology Academy, implemented an innovative program at UCM’s Summit Center to allow high school students with an interest in nursing to interact with UCM junior nursing students over the course of a year. She also developed an innovative technique in teaching online research courses that integrated graduate library science students into the course, offering students access to additional expertise in completed research.

Under the direction of Putnam and Riggs, the Real World of Evidence-Based Practice Project allowed online graduate nursing students to evaluate the quality of care provided to inmates in Missouri prisons. She also has directed research by students majoring in nursing and kinesiology in evaluation of services provided to clients of the Care Connection for Aging Services in multiple Missouri counties, and has led student involvement in research into the control of tobacco use.

Putnam has strong record of service at all academic levels. At the university level, she has served on the Internal Online Course Review Committee; chaired the Graduate Faculty Review Committee and the University Research Committee; served as vice chair of the Graduate Council; and served on the Graduate Student Award Committee and the University Awards Committee. At the college level she served on the College of Health and Human Services Promotion and Tenure, Technology, and Curriculum committees, and has served on the Promotion and Tenure, Scholarship, Technology and Curriculum committees for the Department of Nursing.

Her membership and service in academic and professional organizations include chair of the Missouri Nurse Editorial Advisor Board; UCM representative to the Johnson County Community Health Awareness Resource Team Coalition; peer reviewer for the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence Clinical Relevance and the Journal of Nursing Education; UCM representative to the Enhanced Wellness County Health Initiative coordinated by Care Connection, Warrensburg; the Advisory Committee to KC Metropolitan Healthcare Consortium Preceptor Academy; and the Veteran’s Assistance League Board, Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg. She also is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society; the Missouri Nurse’s Association and the American Nurses Association.

Putnam’s professional awards and recognitions include the UCM College of Health and Human Services Excellence in Scholarship Award; The UMKC Nursing Alumni Nurse Researcher of the Year; the UCM Faculty Research Day Award; the Rodin Award for Excellence in Online Education; the UMKC Nursing Alumni Academic Nurse of the Year and the Preparing Future Faculty Scholarship Award.

Putnam received Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science degrees from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa., and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.