Two of faculty members at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Joachim Voss and Grant O'Connell, were nominated by graduate students for the John S. Diekhoff Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Both were nominated for their commitment to mentorship. The Diekhoff award selection committee said that throughout the selection process, it was abundantly clear that Joachim and Grant are profoundly impacting the lives of graduate students at the school of nursing.
Joachim Voss, director of the PhD program and chair of the Independence Foundation Professorship in Nursing Education, has served as a mentor to more than 30 interprofessional students in nursing, public health, global health and bioengineering. As an educator and mentor, he strives to provide his students with the confidence to hold a position in which they impact patient care, research and education, and become an active member of the profession. Additionally, Joachim serves as chair of CWRU's Faculty Senate, and is a Fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy's Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Program.
Grant O'Connell, assistant professor and director of FPB's Biomarker and Basic Sciences Laboratory, is a committed researcher and mentor to his students. With an extensive background in clinical biomarker research, Grant's leadership is seen in his innovative approach to data and diagnostics. He leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers who are building a better stroke diagnosis to expedite results for emergency and critical care clinicians.
"We are thrilled to have Joachim and Grant at the school of nursing and want to recognize their outstanding contributions to the graduate student experience," said Carol Musil, dean of nursing.