Each year, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award honors faculty members who have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching skills, including preparation, organization, thoroughness, knowledge of subject, feedback, creativity, and inspiration. Dr. Diana Baptiste and Dr. Vinciya Pandian have been awarded this honor for 2021.
Dr. Diana Baptiste’s Bio:
A registered nurse for more than 20 years, Diana Baptiste, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, FAAN specializes in cardiovascular care and prevention. Her sustained scholarship focuses on the discipline of cardiovascular health across the care continuum, in particular, for underserved populations; grounded in responding to social justice issues influencing health outcomes. Additionally, she has presented nationally and internationally, and has published peer-reviewed papers in areas of cardiovascular disease, cultural humility, health equity and diversity, and more recently on COVID-19. Dr. Baptiste is the core faculty for the School of Nursing’s Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, guiding continuing education programs and dissemination of research from students, faculty, and international collaborators. Dr. Baptiste demonstrates influential leadership in several professional organizations including the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is the current president of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association’s Maryland Chapter.
Dr. Vinciya Pandian’s Bio:
A member of the Global Tracheotomy Collaborative, Vinciya Pandian, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, FAANP, FAAN, ACNP-BC is internationally known for her clinical expertise in improving the care, safety, and quality of life of tracheostomy patients. Her primary scientific work, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, focuses on identifying signs and symptoms of laryngeal injury post-extubation in the intensive care unit. In addition to ICUs, her research expands to community (cities of Baltimore and Aberdeen) and global settings (Nigeria). Dr. Pandian is passionate about educating care providers on the best multidisciplinary approaches to improving outcomes of critically ill patients. She also excels in mentoring high school and college students by helping them participate in research, quality improvement efforts, and evidence-based projects, and eventually publishing their work successfully. She has served as a director of practice, education, and research for the Johns Hopkins Airway Program that includes the Tracheostomy and Difficult Airway Response Programs. She is associate director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Executive Program, director of the Research Honors Program, president of the Sigma Nu Beta at-large chapter, and vice president of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses. Her entrepreneurial work surrounds developing, implementing, and evaluating various products and programs. Dr. Pandian earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Christian Medical College at Vellore, India; master’s and PhD degrees at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; and an MBA at the University of Baltimore.
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