Monday, January 6, 2014

OU-C faculty member Ronald Vance recognized by Ohio Magazine for his excellence as an educator

Ohio University-Chillicothe nursing faculty member Ronald Vance was recently recognized as one of the state’s truly outstanding educators. He was among college and university faculty members who were featured in Ohio Magazine's annual “Excellence in Education” section, which showcases professors from Ohio's universities and colleges. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the magazine's education section, published in December each year.

In all, six faculty members from three Ohio University campuses were honored for their outstanding work in the field of higher education.

Vance, associate professor of nursing, teaches nursing students to be caring and skilled practitioners in the classroom and in local medical facilities but also believes students benefit from international experience. In collaboration with faculty from the Patton College of Education and the Ohio University Tropical Disease Institute, he offers students the opportunity to achieve learning goals while providing meaningful services to the community. In May, students participated in a two-week service learning experience in Ecuador. Vance hopes to lead a multidisciplinary group of students to Ecuador in 2014 on a service-learning program.

"It truly is an honor to have been nominated for excellence in education," Vance said. "As a nurse educator, I feel that it is my duty to stay abreast of best practices and innovations in higher education. I want to prepare nursing students who are critical thinkers with the drive to provide high quality nursing care."

He earned his certificate in nursing and associate degree in nursing from Hocking College, as well as his bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing, with a focus on education, both from Ohio University. Vance joined the OU-C faculty in 2006.

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