UTHealth nursing students pick Renae Schumann as teacher of the year

UTHealth Nursing Students Pick Renae Schumann as Teacher of the Year

HOUSTON – (May 13, 2013) – The graduating bachelor’s degree students of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing have elected area resident Renae R. Schumann, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor in the Department of Acute and Continuing Care, as this year’s winner of the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award in the undergraduate program.

Undergraduate and graduate program honorees as teachers of the year were announced during May 10 commencement ceremonies at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Schumann was lauded by her students as a “great professor, coach and motivator!!” and as “the most upbeat and supportive instructor in the program.”

“She sends out pep-talk e-mails that are very uplifting!” one student nominator wrote. “I like the positive reinforcement and like how caring she is. When she teaches, she breaks the subject down to the most simple/logical way. She is perceptive about seeing that you understand and I appreciate a lecture that doesn’t put you to sleep, which she provides with energy.”

Schumann received both her bachelor’s degree in nursing (1989) and master’s in Emergency Nursing Education (1990) from UTHealth. Her career included duty as a trauma nurse at Ben Taub Hospital’s emergency room. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing research from Texas Woman’s University in 2000. Joining UTHealth’s faculty that year, she later became coordinator of the B.S.N. degree program. She frequently combines fundraising for various causes with her dedication to fitness by encouraging students to join her in outdoor charitable events.

“She truly cares about her students and is always there to help,” another student wrote about Schumann. “Even though we move on in the program, and she is no longer our instructor, she still encourages us to keep going. She knows how to listen to our concerns, and she constantly seeks feedback from current and previous students to improve the learning environment for future classes.”

On June 1, Schumann begins a new challenge as dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Houston Baptist University.

“I have worked with Renae since she was a graduate teaching assistant and have watched her develop into a seasoned professional. She is indeed unique and beloved by students,” said Patricia L .Starck, D.S.N., R.N., dean of the UTHealth School of Nursing for the past 29 years. “She will make a fine addition to the nursing leadership in our community when she becomes a dean at HBU.”

Students at each of the six UTHealth schools choose a John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher for stimulating curiosity, promoting professional development and contributing to students’ abilities to think creatively. The awards, announced at commencement ceremonies, are made possible by an endowment from the John P. McGovern Foundation.

Two honorees were chosen from among 19 other School of Nursing candidates for the 2013 McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award.

This graduating class of nursing students adds to the 8,973 alumni of the UTHealth School of Nursing as it celebrates its 40th anniversary as an institution.

Written by David Bates, Director of Communications, UTHealth School of Nursing

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