Faculty member cited for excellence and dedication
KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will honor Lisa Price, assistant professor of Nursing, with the region’s President’s Award for Excellence during commencement Saturday. This award is presented annually in each region of Ivy Tech Community College to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in instruction and dedication to Ivy Tech’s mission.
In presenting the award, Ivy Tech leaders noted Price has brought a wealth of professional experience and commitment to excellence to her classroom and has approached teaching with a cooperative style that benefits her students and her fellow faculty members.
Price, a nursing professional for nearly 30 years, served hospitals in Kokomo, Marion, Wabash, and Indianapolis before joining the nursing faculty at Ivy Tech in 2000, first as an adjunct instructor and then as a full-time faculty member.
“Lisa has lived her belief in a joint relationship between instructor and student that results in a holistic learning environment,” said Marian Henry, dean of the School of Nursing. “She holds her students to high standards while also providing them with the support that they need in a rigorous, high-stakes discipline.”
Ivy Tech officials say Price has consistently been a leader in her division and in the college. She has been instrumental in advances in the nursing program such as the acquisition of a simulation lab that has become an integral part of the program. She also has worked with local hospitals to solicit donations of supplies that have added to the classroom lab environment. Additionally, Price has been a leader in Ivy Tech Kokomo Region initiatives, including the Diversity Committee, Achieving the Dream Committee, TechKnowFest (a community event), Doing the Dream (the region’s community diversity event), and the Student Retention Committee.
She also shares her expertise in the community as an active leader in a number of organizations, including the American Heart Association and American Red Cross. She works closely with local hospital initiatives and her leadership had been invaluable in local events such as the AHA Heart Walk, which benefits the local community each year, as well as United Way drives and activities.
“In keeping with her teaching philosophy, Lisa believes that one should never stop learning,” Henry said. She has completed a number of professional certifications and was a participant in the VISION (Vision of Industry and Schools in Ongoing Networks) Program, which included an extensive community project. She also completed the Ivy Tech Community College Master Teacher Program.