Amherst County Native Recognized With 2014 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

Norfolk, VA – Carolyn Rutledge, director of the Old Dominion University Doctor of
Nursing Practice Program, has been selected as a recipient of a 2014
Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher
Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Originally from Amherst County, Rutledge grew up on a farm and recognized the need to reach out to patients with limited access to healthcare.

The awards have been given annually since the program was created in
1986 by the governor and General Assembly. They are intended to
recognize “excellence in teaching, research and service among the
faculties of Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities,”
according to SCHEV.

Outstanding Faculty Award nominees must possess a “record of superior
accomplishment” that reflects their corresponding institution’s mission
and that encompasses four areas of scholarly endeavor: teaching,
discovery, integration of knowledge and service.

For 25 years, Rutledge has actively provided education, research and
service in health care with a focus on improving care afforded to the
underserved and disadvantaged populations in Virginia. She has been
instrumental in the development of programs that focus on cultural
diversity, emerging health care technology, interprofessional education,
simulated patient experiences and distance learning, while actively
pursuing and obtaining grant funding to provide disadvantaged students
with the means to pursue educational opportunities.

“Old Dominion University has long had its educational foundation
anchored in forward-looking research activities and a focus on service
learning. Carolyn Rutledge upholds that mission while exemplifying the
nurturing characteristics inherent among our high-quality faculty,” said
ODU President John R. Broderick. “This award provides well-deserved
formal recognition of Dr. Rutledge’s innovative and empowering approach
to teaching in the 21st century.”

Rutledge, an associate professor of nursing who joined the ODU
faculty in 2002, was among nine nominees from ODU for the 2014 awards.
The other nominees included: Sheri Colberg-Ochs, professor of human
movement sciences; Gail Dodge, professor of physics;
John Ford, professor of marketing and international business; Michelle
Kelley, professor of psychology; Richard Landers, assistant professor of
psychology; Sylvain Marsillac, professor of electrical and computer
engineering; Michael Pearson, professor of English; and Thomas Socha,
professor of communication.

In the “personal statement” portion of her nomination packet,
Rutledge wrote: “The United States is facing an overwhelming health care
crisis that affects each and every citizen. The greatest impact occurs
to those in the rural and underserved regions of our country. All too
often, these individuals are faced with limited access to providers,
often resulting in poor health outcomes. Our rural citizens suffer to a
much greater extent from chronic illness such as diabetes, hypertension
and kidney failure; childhood obesity resulting in diseases previously
only found in adults; and infant mortality and morbidity. This is a
travesty especially in a country that spends more money than any other
nation on health care. In fact, the health status of our citizens is
rated as the poorest among industrialized nations. My mission as an
educator, scholar and clinician is to address this crisis.”

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