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Velsor-Friedrich recognized as Faculty Member of the Year

Barbara Velsor-Friedrich receives LUC Faculty of the Year Award 2013

From left: Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost of Health Sciences, Loyola University Chicago, Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN, professor and director of the PhD Program, MNSON, and Vicki Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, dean and professor, MNSON.

Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, a faculty member in the Department of Health Promotion of the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, is the 2013 recipient of the university’s Faculty of the Year Award.

The award was presented Sept. 23 to Velsor-Friedrich by Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost of Health Sciences, Loyola University Chicago, during the Health Sciences Division Faculty Convocation on Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Ill.

Each year, the university’s Faculty Council Awards Committee accepts nominations from faculty at all schools and passes along its selections to the Faculty Council for approval. Criteria are excellence in teaching, research, and service.

“It is a wonderful honor to receive this recognition from my faculty colleagues,” Velsor-Friedrich said.

Velsor-Friedrich joined the Loyola faculty in 1979. Currently, she is a professor and director of the PhD in Nursing Program at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Her expertise as a clinician, educator, and researcher is health promotion for children and adolescents with chronic illnesses — asthma, in particular.

She has been recognized for her contributions to the field of pediatric nursing. Accolades include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children and the Excellence in Pediatric Research Award from the Society of Pediatric Nurses, among others.