2016 Winner of the KPU Distinguished Teaching Award
PRESS RELEASE SOURCES:
Kwantlen Polytechnic University News@KPU, Vol. 3. No. 3, June 2016 and listed on KPU Award Recipient List
Outstanding teaching is a core element of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and accordingly, the University recognizes and celebrates outstanding examples of teaching. The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Award for Distinguished Teaching is intended to recognize remarkable teaching as demonstrated by activities such as the development of new courses and curricula, contributions to the scholarship of teaching, development of effective teaching methods, enrichment of the learning environment at Kwantlen, and contributions that improve the teaching of colleagues." (KPU Nominations Package: Distinguished Teaching Award)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) nursing faculty member, June Kaminski, has been chosen as the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for 2016. This prestigious award was presented by the President during spring convocation at KPU on June 3, 2016.
June Kaminski, a nursing instructor in the Faculty of Health, has been a faculty member at KPU for more than 25 years. Author of two books and many academic papers, June is an award-winning instructor whose focus on teaching the very latest in professional standards and dedication to students are unmatched.
I am very honoured and thrilled to receive this coveted award from KPU, an organization that I have come to love over the past 27 years. I wish to thank the Faculty of Health Nomination Committee as well as our Associate Dean, Dr. Jean Nicolson-Church. and our Dean, Dr. Tru Freeman for their continued support. I sincerely treasure the acknowledgement of my work and my passion for nursing education." June Kaminski, 2016 .
June Kaminski has been a faculty member at KPU for over 25 years. Her commitment and dedication to going above and beyond for both the Nursing program at large, and to the future nurses in her classroom, is extraordinary. She was instrumental in introducing and integrating the study of informatics, a key component to the daily work of any modern nurse, into the curriculum for every course in the program.
Her integration of new technology into the classroom, her focus on teaching the very latest in professional standards and her dedication to her students are notable. From one on one mentorship to, seemingly, the virtual support between herself and her students, she genuinely cares about her students and how they fare in her class.
June Kaminski has written two books and many academic papers and since 2006 has been the senior Editor, then Editor in Chief for the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics and the Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics . She has received many awards for her work in the fields of Education and Nursing and is considered to be a national leader in education. She has also been a champion for Aboriginal causes at KPU bringing about an introduction of Aboriginal content into many KPU nursing programs. For all of these reasons KPU is proud to grant June this distinction and to count her among its faculty.
When I began gathering information to support June's nomination, I was amazed and overwhelmed by June's commitment and the work she has been involved with. Through her role as a KPU leader, teacher, mentor, and advocate, June has made an immeasurable impact on e-health in nursing education and teaching at this university - well deserving of the KPU Distinguished Teaching Award.
Point to Ponder
"All of these developments are very heartening, and create a momentum where educators and students can jump in, feet first, and test the waters of nursing informatics in a well-directed and confident way." - June Kaminski, 2013.