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Joy Cook receives Excellence in Teaching Award for New Faculty

December 10, 2012 |
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Joy Cook (center) provides instruction to students in a clinical setting.
Photo Credit: USI Photography Services

When Joy Cook began teaching at USI in 2005, she had been part of the University family for several years. She earned her Associate of Science degree in radiology in 1995, Bachelor of Science degrees in radiologic and imaging sciences and health services in 2003, and completed her Master of Science degree in education in 2009, while teaching in the radiology program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.  

Cook, clinical assistant professor of radiologic and imaging sciences, was recently named the recipient of the USI Foundation’s 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award for New Faculty.

Nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Award for New Faculty come from USI faculty, alumni, administrators, and students, and winners are chosen by a committee within the Faculty Senate.

To be eligible for the award, faculty must be in their first five years of full-time employment at USI. Now it its sixth year, the award includes $1,000 cash and $1,000 to be used for professional development purposes.

Cook has worked in the radiology profession for the past 17 years, with most of her clinical practice experience being at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. She is a member of the Pinnacle Adult National Honor Society, Alpha Chi - Indiana Iota Chapter, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Technologists, and serves as president - elect of the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Other awards that Cook has received throughout her education and career include the Albert and Grace Hahn Educational Incentive Award, Robert E. Fahrer Memorial Scholarship, Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Outstanding Teaching Award, and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Grand Prize Poetry Contest.

“Teaching students about the careers in radiology and being a part of their growth in this profession is a very rewarding experience,” said Cook. “I am blessed to share my experiences and love of radiology with all students I encounter. Being awarded the USI Foundation Outstanding Teaching award was an honor and one that I will always cherish. I could not think of doing anything besides teaching.”

Cook was recognized at the annual Fall Faculty meeting in August, along with Brian Atra, lecturer in Liberal Arts, who is the recipient of the USI Foundation’s 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty. Faculty must teach part-time for three consecutive semesters to be eligible for the award. It carries a $500 cash award and a $500 stipend to be used for professional development purposes.

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