UNCW Lecturer of the Year Awardee
Brandy Mechling, MSN, RN, CNS, School of Nursing
College of Health and Human Services
Mrs. Brandy Mechling was presented the UNCW Lecturer of the Year Award 2010-2011 at the fall faculty meeting held September 1, 2011. This award, facilitated by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Leadership (CTE/FL), recognizes the efforts and contributions of faculty who often teach full loads but who, because they are non-tenure track, are not eligible for other teaching awards. Lecturers are nominated by their unit heads and submit a dossier of their teaching philosophy and vita. The CTE/FL Advisory Board reviews the dossiers and selects the winner.
Dr. James McCann, Director of School of Nursing stated “Ms. Mechling’s award and recognition is well deserved. Her commitment, compassion and professionalism to education serve as an example to the UNCW School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services and the community at large.”
Mrs. Mechling plays a vital leadership role in the required undergraduate nursing courses for mental health nursing and interpersonal communication for health care professionals, and she consistently performs at a level well beyond expectations for a full-time lecturer. Her efforts at reorganizing and coordinating these courses are especially noteworthy. As the course coordinator for the mental health course, she does an exceptional job of coordinating the teaching and learning activities for 5 faculty and 50 students at 20 community mental health agencies each semester. She assists with negotiating additional clinical sites to accommodate an increased class size, and plays a key role in maintaining relationships with all agencies for the mental health course.
Mrs. Mechling maintains a strong commitment to her teaching responsibilities while continuing full-time doctoral study at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Mrs. Mechling consistently receives extremely high ratings by her students and she is highly successful in engaging the students in learning. Mrs. Mechling is the kind of lecturer that reflects the UNCW mission of excellence in teaching.