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Dr. Rosalie Tuttle honored for teaching excellence at 101st Commencement

Posted: May 20, 2014


Dr. Rosalie Tuttle receives the Jones Award and congratulations from University President John C. Bowling during Olivet's 101st Commencement.

Dr. Rosalie Tuttle, nursing professor, received Olivet's 2014 Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence during the 101st Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Also that day, 38 of her students in the Class of 2014 received the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Dr. Tuttle’s work in the field of maternal child health has spanned more than 35 years. As a member of Olivet’s faculty, she teaches courses in childbearing family health and serves as an advisor in the ethical leadership doctoral program.

Known by her students as a kind and dedicated professor, she often holds special study sessions outside of her regular teaching and supervisory responsibilities. Her goal is to make sure that her students understand course content and pass all exams necessary for them to advance in their careers.

Recently, she served as student honors preceptor for Rebecca Busler, a 2014 Olivet graduate, in the completion of Rebecca’s honors research project on “Effectiveness of Wellness and Life Skills Education for Adolescent Females of Inner-City East St. Louis.”

In 2011, she co-led a team of nine students — including six nursing students — on a mission trip to Argentina. The group traveled a total of 27,000 miles to assist the Argentine Church by conducting medical clinics; providing dental hygiene training; distributing clothing; evangelizing children; and helping the Toba people to have clean drinking water. During five days of six-hour clinics, they saw more than 900 patients.

She is a member of the National League for Nursing, an organization dedicated to excellence in nursing education; Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society; and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. In the local community, Dr. Tuttle serves on the Kankakee County (Illinois) Breast Feeding Coalition.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas, a master’s degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University and a Ph.D. from Capella University. Her dissertation topic was “The Impact of Simulation in Nursing Education on the Self-Efficacy and Learner Satisfaction of Nursing Students.” She was instrumental in the launch and recent expansion of the Virtual Learning Center for Olivet’s Department of Nursing.

“Dr. Tuttle approaches all that she does with a Christ-like attitude that encourages others,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “She devotes countless hours and great energy to preparing our nursing students to become knowledgeable and caring professionals. Her dedication and commitment are inspiring to all who know and work with her. She remains passionate about the nursing profession and nursing education.”

U.S. states represented among Olivet's student body, as well as 17 countries