COLUMBUS, Miss. (Press Release) — Mary Jo Kirkpatrick, chair of Mississippi University for Women’s associate of science in nursing program, was named Faculty Member of the Year in weekend commencement ceremonies.
The Faculty Member of the Year Award, which includes an award in the amount of $1,000, is an honor bestowed upon the faculty member who, above all, values quality teaching. The individual selected is a symbol of MUW’s highly regarded faculty.
MUW’s Star and Scepter Chapter of Mortar Board and the MUW Alumni Association, which provides a generous $1,000 award, jointly recognize the Faculty Member of the Year. A faculty portrait will be placed with other awardees’ photographs on the walls of Whitfield Hall.
Kirkpatrick was recently named Nursing Administrator of the Year at the annual Nightingale Awards sponsored by the Mississippi Nurses’ Association and the Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation.
A faculty member at The W for 38 years, she has served as head of the program since 1991, leading it through three successful accreditation processes and three major curriculum revisions. The W’s ASN program was the first associate degree program in Mississippi to achieve national accreditation status. National licensure rates since its inception are 98.5 percent.
Kirkpatrick has served as president of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and was the first chair of the Mississippi Council of Associate Degree Nursing Programs. She currently is a member of the Methodist/LeBonheur Healthcare Board of Directors and chairs the board’s Quality and Safety Committee.