Janis Carelock Excellence in Teaching Award and Scholarship
In August 2013, the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing lost a premiere educator, Janis Carelock, after a courageous five year battle with cancer. During her tenure at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, Janis conveyed a passion for nursing and a determination to mold her students to be the best nurse possible. She was incredibly dedicated to her students and motivated them to achieve a level of nursing expertise that they themselves never thought possible.
Students often said that Janis was warm and caring, while also a little bit intimidating due to her intellect, incredible knowledge, and wealth of nursing experience. Even during her fight with cancer, Janis remained a dedicated educator, recording podcasts of her lectures from her hospital bed so that students would not fall behind on their learning. Any of Janis’ students will say that she was incredibly influential in helping them to become the nurse they are today. Her death marked a sad time for untold numbers of UT Nursing students, alumni, and faculty.
The Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing wanted to honor the significant contribution Janis made to the nursing education by creating an Excellence in Teaching Award and a scholarship named in Janis’ honor.
The Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented to a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing who, by student nomination, has proven themselves to be a dedicated and exemplary educator. Similarly, in order to acknowledge Janis’ unfailing commitment to her students, a scholarship fund has been created that will be awarded annually to a student member of STTI who demonstrates strong academic merit and a commitment to pursuing a career in nursing education.
In order to maximize the benefit of the Janis Carelock Scholarship, the Board of Directors of the Epsilon Theta Chapter is asking for donations that will be added to the scholarship fund. Our intention is that the scholarship will be a permanent award granted to one outstanding student annually.
If you or someone you know was strongly impacted by Janis, either as a student or professional, we ask that you please consider giving to this fund. We also ask that you widely distribute information about this call for contributions.
Please submit your donations in check form, made out to Epsilon Theta. Checks can be delivered to the front desk at the School of Nursing or sent via mail to: Epsilon Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, 1710 Red River, Austin, TX 78701
Thank you for helping us to memorialize Janis and to continue influencing the lives of students and recognizing dedicated educators in her honor.