Teaching Excellence Awards

 Year Awarded: 2013

Faculty Award winner

Erica Hoyt

 College of Nursing


My teaching philosophy is to inspire lifelong learning by impressing upon my students inquisitiveness, creative thinking, and importance of critically evaluating information. I respect the student as a customer receiving a service, but also as a future colleague to my profession.

Nursing is a profession, not a job. I endeavor to acculturate students into the nursing profession. I hold students accountable for their own learning; students should be prepared for class and complete work by deadlines. I value academic and personal integrity. When a student does not meet minimum safe practice standards, I do not hesitate to remove the student from working with clients. I advise students of resources available for personal and academic remediation and counseling.

I explain how a topic is important to student's nursing career. I express why the topic is worth investing valuable time to learn. I customize projects to a student's interests within curricular limits.

I prefer to teach applying concepts to clinical situations. I strive to present information for a variety of learning preferences by providing online detailed class notes, multimedia resources, case studies, and example evaluation questions with rationales. I continuously modify content to include current evidence-based research.

Patient safety is always my priority when teaching. I feel ethically obligated to ensure that future nurses assist patients, families, and communities to navigate the increasingly challenging healthcare system. I teach students to respect others even when the patient's values are different, and I emphasize the importance of recognizing and addressing any unethical or harmful behavior witnessed in the healthcare system.

I teach empathy by exposing students to socio-economic issues and situations unfamiliar to them. Using clinical creativity, I want the student to have a better understanding of the struggles, obstacles, and challenges of their future patients. Students need to understand a patient is hospitalized for a very limited time; they come from a community and will return home to their community.