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Landeen wins President's Award for outstanding teaching

Published: June 25, 2015
Patrick Deane reads citation for Janet Landeen
McMaster University President Patrick Deane reads the citation for Janet Landeen, winner of the President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning, at the School of Nursing convocation June 9. — Photo by Carina Acocella

Janet Landeen, an associate professor in the School of Nursing, has been honoured with the President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning.

The award is McMaster University's highest teaching honour and recognizes an individual's achievement over time in terms of their commitment and contributions to education through innovation, continued excellence in teaching, and enhanced student learning.

While serving as assistant dean of the Undergraduate Nursing Education Program from 2004 to 2012, Landeen led the development and implementation of the School's new Kaleidoscope Curriculum within the collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program that includes McMaster, Mohawk College and Conestoga College. The curriculum emphasizes the person as the central focus for learning and "person-based learning within a problem-based approach."

She has been recognized for pioneering key teaching strategies such as journaling, service learning and clinical simulations, as well as involvement of students as co-authors of published research; and national and international involvement with best practices in teaching in nursing.

Landeen was one of the early advocates of reflective practice in education. Long before it became a popular teaching tool in nursing and more broadly, she asked her students to keep written reflections and to journal their educational experiences. Since 1991 she has published many papers on the benefits of reflective practice.

Prior to beginning her academic career, Landeen had many years of clinical nursing practice in psychiatric/mental health nursing. She has taught at McMaster since 1987, joining the School full time in 1997.

Her research interests have concentrated on best practices in nursing education and on living with serious mental illness, including the importance of hope.

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