Schroeder Receives President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Pitt-Johnstown


posted April 03, 2017

Diana L. Schroeder, PhD, received the 2017 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Pitt-Johnstown.

SchroederThe honor is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to education, effectiveness in instruction, and success in engaging students in the discovery and expression of knowledge.

The presentation took place during the annual Academic Honors Convocation ceremony, April 2, 2017.

Dr. Schroeder is an assistant professor of nursing and program coordinator for the BSN Program. She  earned a Diploma in Nursing from the Franciscan School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois- Chicago Medical Center; a Masters of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in Indianapolis; and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Pittsburgh.

 “We are extremely fortunate to have a faculty member of her caliber and dedication as a member of our Pitt-Johnstown faculty,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar.

Both colleagues and community members talk about the impact of her teaching not only in the classroom but also well beyond, where students put into practice what they have learned.

One colleague states that she “exemplifies good teaching and role modeling at a variety of levels, from orienting adjunct faculty (peers), advising students enrolled in the program, advising and counseling those wishing to enter nursing, to her excellent teaching in the classroom and coordination of clinical experiences.”

Students reflect how important her teaching is to their development as nurses and preparation for a life-long career, saying that “her ability to inspire and ignite passion in her students resonates long after the class is over” and that she challenges them to learn and work hard, but she also sets them up for success.