Nursing Professor is 2012 UMC Exemplary Teacher

Lebanon, Ill. — Dr. Martha McDonald isn’t one to seek the spotlight but when she was announced as the 2012 Exemplary Teacher Award winner on Honors Day at McKendree University, she took center stage.

The associate professor of nursing received the annual honor given by the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education. It recognizes honors excellence in teaching, concern for students and colleagues, a commitment to values-centered education, service to students beyond the classroom and to one’s students, institution, community or local church.

McDonald coordinates McKendree’s nursing programs in Southern Illinois. “She is revered as an expert among her colleagues,” said Dr. Christine Bahr, provost and dean. “Students appreciate her dedication, concern, sense of humor in the classroom, and ability to make complex information more easily understood.”

“Dr. McDonald has been instrumental in the recruitment of nursing students for our RN-to-BSN, as well as MSN, program throughout Southern Illinois,” added Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe, chair of the nursing division. “She is a strong advocate for nursing students and has established a strong partnership with students and employers. She is a tremendous asset to McKendree University and a respected colleague.”

Outstanding students from all divisions and two other faculty awardees also had their moment in the spotlight during the Honors Convocation on Apr. 20 at McKendree’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. All were selected based on four components of the University’s mission: responsible citizenship, engagement, academic excellence and lifelong learning.


Photo of Dr. Christine Bahr and Dr. Martha McDonald


Dr. Christine Bahr, McKendree University provost and dean, presents the 2012 United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award to Dr. Martha McDonald, associate professor of nursing, on Honors Day.