Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-01-31

Nursing professor Dr. Janet Alexander was named recipient of the George Macon Memorial Award at Samford University Thursday (Jan. 30).

Dr. Alexander, a clinical nurse specialist in community health who has taught in Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing since 1991, received the award during the opening convocation of the spring semester.

The Macon Award is given annually to a Samford faculty member who, through outstanding performance as a teacher, counselor and friend to students, demonstrates the ability to inspire students to greatness.

Alexander's students consistently rate her teaching performance as outstanding and describe her as enthusiastic, challenging and creative, said Samford Provost Dr. Brad Creed in presenting the award.

"Her classes are lively and thought provoking because of her teaching strategies. She is committed to creating a spirit of life-long learning in students," said Creed, who also cited Alexander's leadership in implementing Problem Based Learning strategies.

Alexander is course coordinator in the areas of community health, research and perioperative nursing, and is chair of the school of nursing's curriculum and evaluation committee. As a volunteer at Brookville Elementary School's Safe Harbor Clinic, she has led many projects and helped conduct health fairs and screenings of children and families. Alexander holds doctor of education and education specialist degrees from Samford, and master's and bachelor's degrees in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.