University of Calgary

Nursing award

May 31, 2011

Nursing professor recognized by student supporters

By Karen Cook

Xu Wang (left) and Hardeep Lidder (right) nominated Carol Rogers, a associate professor in nursing, for the Convenant Health Faculty of Nursing Teaching award.Xu Wang (left) and Hardeep Lidder (right) nominated Carol Rogers, a associate professor in nursing, for the Convenant Health Faculty of Nursing Teaching award.It’s not often that faculty members get to hear the great things their students think about their teaching. But when they do, it can be surprising to learn the impact they have had. Carol Rogers, associate professor in nursing, learned about the difference she made when she received the first Covenant Health Faculty of Nursing Teaching Award earlier this month.

“I was honoured to be nominated that in itself means so much,” says Rogers. “You do your work every day and try to meet the learning needs of the class as a whole and of each student who comes to see you individually all the while following the program curriculum. It can be a daunting task, especially as the classes become larger.”

For nominator Xu Wang and Hardeep Lidder, who wrote a supporting reference letter, the nomination of Rogers for the award was a gesture of gratitude. “Carol is very genuine and has a real talent for decreasing student stress levels and anxiety with her calm demeanour and advice,” says Hardeep, a third-year nursing student. “I have known her for two years and she has an extraordinary ability to engage her students with her humour and her sharing of her expertise.”

“Nominating professor Rogers for the Covenant Health Faculty of Nursing Teaching Award was a unique experience for me,” adds Xu, also in her third year. “This is not the first time that I have nominated a professor for a teaching award. However, this is the only time that I have nominated someone without getting an ‘A’ grade out of her course!”

While Xu acknowledges Rogers’ adeptness and knowledge, she was more impressed with the emphasis Rogers places on the instructor-student interaction. “I had her kind support in some very difficult situations … She has inspired me by her caring approach and teaching excellence and has established a lifetime role model for me.”

“I am retiring at the end of July after 31 years here,” says Rogers. “It is truly a high point for me to receive this award. It is the ‘icing on the cake’ to have the students recognize my teaching now.”


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