Kathleen Cappo Selected as Endowed Teaching Chair
Kathleen Cappo, South Florida Community College nursing professor, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2012 Endowed Teaching Chair in Nursing by South Florida Community College’s faculty. She received her award during the SFCC Foundation, Inc.’s Annual Spring Gala, April 28.
Cappo will receive a $5000 endowment established and funded by the Highlands County Health Facilities Authority to celebrate exceptional nursing educators.
“The endowment is awarded over a period of two years, half of which is to be used to support a project related to their profession and the other half as an honorarium.” said Don Appelquist, executive director, South Florida Community College Foundation, Inc.
Cappo’s proposed project during her tenure is to develop a competency tracking tool using either the college’s current student management portal, Desire 2 Learn, or developing new software in-house that will enhance student success when progressing to the next level of their nursing education. As programs continue to grow to meet the demands of the community, this tracking device will help document individual student competency at every level from nursing assisting, practical nursing, nursing transition, registered nursing, and future programs. The tool would track exactly how many times a skill was performed during clinicals and simulation days, and what skills students needed to remediate. The tool would build from simple to complex components in every program and every facility, and faculty would be provided with tablets to track the students’ performance in SFCC’s facilities and all clinical sites.
“Students would be able to see their results and improvement thus increasing their confidence while the documentation will help them enhance their employment portfolios,” Cappo said. “Producing a seamless tracking of competencies will help both faculty and students as we continue to strive for excellence in South Florida Community College’s Nursing Department.”
The appointment is for two years and is highly competitive within the department. Selection of the honoree is jointly made by a selection committee and the college faculty as a whole. The selection must then be certified by SFCC President Dr. Norm Stephens.
“The Endowed Teaching Chair program helps us attract evermore qualified faculty members to our institution,” Appelquist said. “It also gives us a way to show our appreciation to the outstanding faculty members we already have and to celebrate excellence in the classroom.”