DUNMORE, Pa. — Michael Evans, assistant chief academic officer and associate teaching professor of nursing at Penn State Scranton, is the recipient of the 2018-2019 University College Teaching Award.
Evans was selected from more than 30 nominations based on his intellectually demanding and rigorous curriculum; innovative teaching practices that result in student engagement and student satisfaction; effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes; commitment to students’ academic development, intellectual growth and lifetime learning; and providing positive and lasting impact on students, by promoting critical reading, thinking and writing.
Currently, Evans teaches in the baccalaureate, RN to BSN, and graduate nursing programs for the College of Nursing online and at Penn State Scranton, and is board certified in medical surgical nursing and nursing education.
He received his associate of science and bachelor of science degrees in nursing from Penn State University and a master of science in nursing, with a specialization in adult health and a sub-specialization in nursing education from Misericordia University. In addition, he earned his master of science in education with a focus in professional studies from Capella University and his doctorate in nursing from the College of Nursing at Penn State.
His current area of research focuses on somatic awareness and self-symptom recognition in patients living with Stage D heart failure. He also volunteers his time as chair of the research team for the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses.
Evans is a member of many professional organizations, including the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Xi Gamma & Beta Sigma Chapters), National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, National League for Nursing, and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, as well as the American Nurses Association, American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
He is also the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Richard J. and Sally Matthews Award for Scholarly Activity at Penn State Scranton; and the 2014 George Atherton Award for Teaching, a University-wide award.
He lives in Archbald with his wife, Stephanie, and their son, Finn.