James Madison University

Nursing Faculty Awards Presented

The Farrell Nursing Faculty Awards were begun in 2012 by Dr. Julie Sanford, Department Head of Nursing, to recognize faculty who exhibit excellence in teaching, service or scholarship.  The award is funded by the Farrell Faculty Development foundation fund.  The fund was established by the Farrell family in recognition of their mother, Mrs. Eva Farrell, who resumed her nursing career after becoming widowed with 7 children to support and advanced to the role of hospital supervisor at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. At the pinning ceremony each semester, one faculty member is selected by their peers to be recognized for their outstanding efforts in one of the three aforementioned areas.   

Spring 2012 - Excellence in Teaching
Professor Amy Graham


PHOTO: Amy Graham

The Farrell Faculty Teaching Award recognizes the faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching.  Professor Amy Graham is the Spring 2012 recipient of this award and is an asset to the nursing department and college.  She is a talented faculty who is well respected by her colleagues, the faculty, our students and the community.  Professor Graham has developed and taught courses in the undergraduate traditional BSN and MSN programs.  She currently serves as the clinical coordinator for the graduate program and provides input into curricular planning.  Among other courses, Professor Graham teaches pharmacology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Her evaluations are strong and students indicate an appreciation for Ms. Graham’s clinical expertise. 

Fall 2012 - Excellence in Service
Dr. Sandra Annan


PHOTO: Sandra Annan

The Farrell Faculty Service Award recognizes the faculty member who demonstrates excellence in service to others.  Dr. Sandra Annan is the Fall 2012 recipient of this award.  Since joining our faculty in 2008, Dr. Annan has been a very busy person.  She has significant service contributions at the department, college, university, professional and community levels. 

The colleague who nominated Sandra shared that Dr. Annan is deeply committed to service.  She serves on multiple departmental, college and college committees and is the co-advisor to the Nursing Student Association, an “extremely active group of students engaged in many community service efforts and has received multiple awards.”  Students shared that Dr. Annan is “a great mentor”….”made us all feel knowledgeable, independent, appreciated, and prepared for our lives as nurses…” Dr. Annan generously devotes her time and energies to numerous organizations and projects.  She is to be commended for her ongoing excellence in her commitment to service.