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June 16, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Nursing Faculty Member Awarded Distance Education Recognition


Dr. Susan Yarbrough, associate dean for graduate programs at The University of Texas at Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was recently recognized as an outstanding leader in the area of distance learning, Dr. Linda Klotz, College Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.

She was honored at the fourth annual Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities Distance Learning Workshop.

The consortium, composed of 15 colleges and universities, annually honors faculty members from each campus.

Dr. Yarbrough has been involved in the development of the graduate program for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences,” said Cindy Smith, UT Tyler instructional design coordinator.

“She has been there from the infancy of the program and has developed it to the stage it is today – a nationally-known online program with students attending from all over the world.

“Dr. Yarbrough was also very instrumental in implementing the first doctoral program on the university’s campus for the college. She spent many hours in development and preparation for getting the program approved,” Smith added.

A variety of techniques, including videostreaming, podcasts, live chats and virtual classrooms are used in both online programs, which offer nurses the flexibility to complete their advanced degree while managing outside responsibilities.            

The college currently serves about 150 students in its master’s program and 16 students in its doctoral program, which is UT Tyler’s first Ph.D. program. It was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in October 2007.

An associate professor of nursing, Yarbrough was instrumental in developing a collaborative relationship with the national school of nursing in Guatemala, and through a special project of the Iota Nu Honor Society, has helped by providing textbooks, computers and supplies.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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