From the series Faculty Awards for Excellence 2020-21

Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Community Engagement

Ann Stalter

Ann Stalter

Thousands of Greene County residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine thanks to Ann Stalter, Ph.D., professor and chair of nursing.

Stalter has assisted in a mass vaccine program, coordinated by Greene County Public Health. The program not only protected the health of community members, it also provided a vital community service and learning opportunity for nearly 40 nursing students who administered vaccines.

Stalter completed federal, state and county training modules, immersed herself in the vaccine clinic set up, and coordinated nursing student schedules for staffing the clinics. Once the program started, she worked tirelessly to help the health department ensure vaccination safety and improve community access.

This is just one reason why Stalter received the 2020–2021 Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Community Engagement.

Stalter is kind, loves to help people, and gives of herself to help those around her thrive.

“Dr. Stalter always exceeds in service responsibilities,” said Deborah Ulrich, former interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health. “Faculty peers, community partners and students frequently praise her contribution to the college. A frequent peer remark is ‘Stalter will do it.'”

As a nurse volunteer with the Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, Stalter developed a board game to teach nursing students about shelter work. During the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting in 2019, she supported local Red Cross nurse leaders.

As chair of the Research Committee of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Stalter has planned preconference and plenary sessions, providing insights to advance nurses about serving on boards, advocating for vulnerable populations, and demonstrating best practices in classrooms and practice settings. She also developed Research Affinity Groups to mentor other community health nursing educators across the nation.

She is also co-leader of the Quality and Safety Educating Nurses (QSEN) RN-to-BSN Catalyst for Change Community, fostering nurse educators across the nation to advance RN-to-BSN education by use of systems thinking.

Stalter has served on numerous university and nursing program committees, including current appointments on the Faculty Advisory Board of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the University Technology Committee; and the college’s P&T Committee, which she chairs, and the Bylaws, Program Assessment and Graduate Curriculum committees.

She also serves her local community as a chair of the Beavercreek Township Zoning Commission.

Stalter joined the Wright State faculty in 1998 and was promoted to professor of nursing in 2019.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing administration and a master’s degree in education technology-health professions from Wright State and a Ph.D. in public health nursing from The Ohio State University.

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