Students Choose Online Instructor Theresa Williams for UIC Silver Circle Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Theresa Williams who will receive the UIC Silver Circle Teaching Excellence Award. This award has been given each year since 1966 to honor UIC faculty members chosen by the senior class for their outstanding teaching ability. Theresa has taught a variety of courses in the UIC online RN-BSN Degree for many years including NURS 210, NURS 242, and NUEL 316. In particular, she is the subject matter expert for both NURS 322 Nursing Research and Statistics in Evidence Based Practice, and NURS 390 Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Care. Theresa has a strong background in online teaching andragogy. She has achieved an MBA in Information Systems, an MS in Nursing Education, an MEd in Education and Technology, and is currently working on a PhD in online learning.

Theresa has been an online instructor, but also an online student for many years. These dual roles and her love for challenges and for learning combine to create her excellence in teaching. Students report that Theresa holds them to high standards but then supports them, guides them, and inspires them to reach those standards.

Eleven faculty members representing all UIC undergraduate colleges are presented with this prestigious award every year. The winners receive an engraved Silver Circle plaque mounted on granite and their names are placed on the West wall of the lobby in University Hall. This is a prestigious award given to only 11 teachers in all of UIC. It is all the more meaningful because students select the winners.

See also: Sam Hostettler, "2016 Silver Circle winner Theresa Williams" UIC News (4/26/2016).