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Jayalakshmi Jambunathan

Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, nursing professor, was twice recognized at the 2013 Opening Day ceremony at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

She was recognized with both a Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award and a Barbara G. Sniffen Faculty Governance Service Award.

Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award recipients are selected based on their teaching excellence, service, professional commitment and scholarly growth. A committee of faculty, students and staff determines who will receive the honor. The Barbara G. Sniffen Faculty Governance Service Award recognizes faculty members who have exceptional University service records.

A highly valued faculty member at UW Oshkosh since 1987, Jambunathan excels in teaching, scholarship and service to the University and community. She is involved in numerous scholarly activities that support her teaching to both undergraduate and graduate students. She has taught in the traditional and accelerated undergraduate program and currently teaches in the MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Jambunathan has been an adviser to numerous graduate student theses, clinical papers and doctoral student capstone projects. She enthusiastically makes time to learn technological innovations to use in her teaching. Committed to enhancing international relationships between UW Oshkosh and universities in India, she has authored and co-authored several successful grants to either bring nurse educators from India to the College of Nursing as collaborative faculty or set up intensive community health clinicals with several agencies in India. She was a co-principal on a Robert Wood Johnson grant on Innovations in Nursing Education. Jambunathan regularly publishes and presents research on a variety of topics related to her specialty of mental health and in nursing education. She has also co-authored papers with graduate students. Jambunathan has served in various roles with the Eta Pi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and is an active member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society on the research section advisory committee and the Wisconsin Nurses Association Research Committee. She also serves as a research consultant at Winnebago Mental Health Institute.

At the College level, she is the director of Research and Evaluation. She also chairs the Research and Professional Development Committee, the College of Nursing Personnel Committee, the Promotions Committee and the Evaluation Committee. She is also a member of several other committees. At the University level, she has been involved with several search and screen committees, the Endowed Professorship Committee, the Biodigester Research Committee, the Graduate Council, Salary Equity Review Committee and many more committees.

Jambunathan earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UW Oshkosh, her master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in primary health care from UW Oshkosh and her doctorate in nursing from UW–Milwaukee.

To read more about the Opening Day award recipients, visit UW Oshkosh Today.