Glauberman Receives Two Spring Awards and Completes Faculty Training

In spring 2022, Dr. Gary Glauberman, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, NHDP-BC, assistant professor and Online Advanced Population Health Nursing program director was awarded the American Red Cross Registered Nurse Pin from the American Red Cross and the Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. He also completed the Association Of College And University Educators (ACUE) course on improving gateway courses.


Red Cross Nursing Pin

Glauberman received the Disaster Service Volunteer recognition from the American Red Cross in recognition of being a Disaster Health Services Volunteer nurse since 2010. During this time, he participated in multiple disaster response efforts on Oahu, as well as large-scale national disaster response operations on the mainland. He also served as a trainer and leader of Disaster Health Services Volunteers for the Hawaii Red Cross Chapter. “I started volunteering with the Red Cross when I was a nursing student and have been volunteering ever since,” says Glauberman. He was one of nine registered nurses honored during the American Red Cross Hawaii chapter’s Registered Nurse Pin Recognition event.

Dr. Glauberman is a tenure-track faculty whose research focus is on community emergency preparedness for natural disasters and communicable disease outbreaks, an interest he says has been influenced in part by his experiences as a Red Cross nurse. “As a Red Cross volunteer, I spent a lot of time with people to address health concerns that arose in the aftermath of a disaster. Witnessing the devastation that disasters have on families firsthand really made me want to find ways to better prepare families and our community for emergencies so that we can prevent the suffering that occurs due to disasters.”

The American Red Cross recognizes registered nurses as vital in serving the non-profit humanitarian organization agency’s mission of alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. The tradition of awarding the American Red Cross Registered Nurse Pin dates back to 1906. Each pin awarded is uniquely numbered by the agency, and serves as a distinctive symbol of professional attainment and service to humanity, representing an affiliation with the worldwide Red Cross commitment to the prevention and relief of suffering.

Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has recognized Dr. Gary Glauberman with the 2022 Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award. Dr. Glauberman was one of two nursing faculty in the country selected for this prestigious award.

Dr. Glauberman was selected for this national award for his consistent efforts to introduce innovation and creativity into nursing curriculum, and his mastery of online learning and instructional design. His professional expertise in population health nursing and emergency preparedness has led to the development of multiple innovative learning experiences for entry level and advanced nursing students. Notable examples of curricular innovations that led his selection as an AACN awardee included a novel program in which nursing students collected data for the Hawaii Department of Health regarding the use of face masks in public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another example is his work with interdisciplinary faculty teams to develop the “Disaster Aftermath Interprofessional Simulation (DAIS),” an online learning activity that brings together students from various health sciences departments to learn skills related to disaster management.

“A great educator, once said that ‘Education is not preparation for life, but is life itself.’ I believe this is really true, especially in nursing education,” says Glauberman. “We all learn when given something to do, and in doing, and actively reflecting on the experience, we become curious about the world and other people, and learn more about ourselves too. In nursing school, what that translates to is greater compassion for the lives of patients and conditions in a community, and a stronger drive to use our nursing skills to create a healthier, more equitable society.”

Dr. Glauberman is quick to give credit to his colleagues and department. “Being selected for this reward really reflects the culture of excellence at UHM Nursing. I’m part of a really amazing group of nursing faculty at our school. We are constantly driving each other to innovate and search for new ways to approach teaching in ways that challenge and excite our nursing students.”

Dr. Gary Glauberman, is a four time alumni of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is dual board certified in Advanced Public Health Nursing and Disaster Healthcare. He is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Master’s of Science (MS) Online Advanced Population Health Nursing Program. In addition to his teaching role, Dr. Glauberman is a tenure-track faculty with a program of researched focused on community disaster preparedness. Dr. Glauberman is a board member of multiple professional nursing organizations, such as the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE), UHM Nursing Alumni Association, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Psi at-large chapter. He is also a volunteer for the American Red Cross and Oahu Medical Reserve Corps.

Certificate in Effective College Instruction

Glauberman recently received a Certification in Effective College Instruction, awarded to him by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education. Glauberman received this certification by completing a year-long training program that builds university faculty skills in innovative university education teaching. The fully online training program, which ran from January through December 2022, was designed to equip educators with the latest techniques and strategies for creating engaging, student-centered online classrooms.

Gary Glauberman completes UH certificate

Through ACUE’s courses in effective teaching practices, university educators learn about and implement essential, evidence-based teaching practices that have been proven to promote student success. The program included five comprehensive units of study in which educators collaborate with peers, receive expert facilitation, and develop effective teaching practices. Learning modules assist faculty in attaining skills needed to design an effective course,  establish a productive learning environment, use active learning strategies, promote higher order thinking, and assess in ways that inform and promote deeper levels of learning.

Through a combination of interactive online learning, self-paced study, and practical application, Dr. Glauberman acquired the skills necessary to inspire and challenge students to reach their full potential. “The ACUE program really helped me with being better equipped to encourage students to develop critical thinking skills, embrace new technologies, and stay motivated and engaged in an online learning environment.”

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