Lyndonville resident, nursing professor at NCCC, earns SUNY distinguished teaching award

Staff Reports Posted 20 May 2017 at 9:51 am

Dr. Julie Woodworth one of 21 honored with distinction in NY

Dr. Julie Woodworth

A Lyndonville resident who teaches nursing at Niagara County Community College is the first professor from NCCC to receive the SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professorship.

The state recognizes 21 professors throughout the SUNY system with the distinction and Dr. Julie Woodworth was among the honored group.

“Each year it is an honor to review the collective work of SUNY’s outstanding faculty, and to recognize the sheer academic strength within our walls that inspires our students,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “The standards of our distinguished ranks are rigorous, with high demands set for leadership and innovation. Congratulations to all of today’s honorees, who have led our students by an excellent example, created new research opportunities, and challenged those around them to reach higher levels of achievement.”

Dr. Woodworth is a member of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health at Niagara County Community College and has implemented evidence-based teaching techniques that support student engagement and learning. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008 and the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York’s Ruth T. McGrorey Award in June 2017. She also maintains her nursing practice at Medina Memorial Hospital in the surgery area.

Woodworth has completed recent research within the nursing education field and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals to add to the evidence-based literature in the nursing education field. She is generous with her personal time, easily accessible, and demonstrates a continual concern with the intellectual growth of individual students.

She maintains high standards of care and knowledge level attainment for patient care delivery in the very rigorous nursing program. She is also involved in the promotion of curricular reform at Niagara County Community College to advance the nursing curriculum to an up-to-date, rigorous student centered program with above average NCLEX-RN pass rates.

“I love working with nursing students and help them to succeed,” she said. “NCCC’s pass rates for 2016 on the NCLEX testing for licensure is a 94%. This is a great pass rate and notably one of the highest in the area.”