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Alberding Wins National Teaching Award

James Alberding, clinical assistant professor, is the 2021 recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Novice Faculty Excellence Clinical Teaching Award.

The purpose of the AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools.

When COVID-19 forced students out of clinical rotations, Alberding quickly garnered evidence and support for two virtual learning platforms. He spent countless hours working through scenarios, creating learning objectives for each cohort, and integrating evidence-based content with the virtual experiences. Student feedback indicated the tools kept them engaged in clinical learning and decreased their anxiety about returning to clinical after a two-month absence.

“Dr. Alberding’s award is evidence of excellence in the education he delivers,” said Allyson Neal, assistant dean of graduate programs. “When the pandemic made it impossible to continue the established pattern of clinical education he developed evidence-based virtual learning content to ensure students were prepared to re-enter the clinical setting. Many programs relied on virtual learning during this time and Dr. Alberding led the way in creating safe and effective clinical engagement for our students.”

Alberding joined the college in 2019 as the associate program director for the nurse anesthesia concentration.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Alberding.

Alberding was honored in a virtual ceremony on December 2.


Kara Clark Cardwell (, 865-974-9498)