Interdisciplinary faculty team receives 2021 Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award

Faculty from the College of Health Sciences, the College of Nursing and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences received the 2021 Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award. 

Faculty winners include: 

  • Dr. Valerie Everard-Gigot, clinical assistant professor (clinical laboratory science) in the College of Health Sciences 
  • Dr. Erik Munson, assistant professor (clinical laboratory science) – project manager) in the College of Health Sciences 
  • Dr. Sandi Van Den Heuvel, assistant dean of undergraduate programs in the College of Nursing 
  • Dr. Jill Guttormson, associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Nursing  
  • Dr. Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, chair of the Department of Computer Science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences 

The award grants up to $20,000 toward their project, “Development of the Cloud-based Laboratory Information System to Enhance the Understanding of Hospital Laboratory Operations by Allied Health Care Students,” which provides a laboratory information system (LIS) for specimens that are a necessary experiential component for clinical lab and nursing students. 

“The LIS system represents a durable and substantial alteration to student preparation over two programs as educators, students and professionals alike are forced to navigate a health care world dealing with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future,” Provost Kimo Ah Yun said. “In addition to preparing our students for their future work, this project shows vital sustainability going forward.” 

The Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award is an annual award given to a team of two or more faculty members to develop, implement and evaluate a specific teaching project. One award of up to $20,000 is given to the selected project team for one fiscal year.