Nursing professor recognized for expanding global perspective
After nearly 30 years of teaching at the Faculty of Nursing, Linda Ogilvie has been recognized for her commitment and dedication by the University of Alberta with an inaugural Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.
Ogilvie’s involvement in teaching and mentoring of graduate students has included a strong emphasis on crafting opportunities for students and faculty to expand their potential through enhanced global experiences.
“I believe that both what and how we teach are relevant to the future of nursing,” she said, “and that interprofessional collaboration and understanding of global interconnectivity are critical to the health of populations worldwide.”
Ogilvie practises what she preaches—in 1998 she was appointed as the first director of the International Nursing Office. As well, in addition to having been involved in curriculum development for the faculty’s master of nursing and PhD programs, Ogilvie was the director of a CIDA-funded project to initiate a master of philosophy (nursing) program in the School of Nursing at the University of Ghana. Since the program began in 2000, there have been 48 master of philosophy graduates and 14 graduates of a non-thesis master of science (nursing) program.
Choosing where to focus her research is one big part of why Ogilvie loves her time at the university; the other is the students.
“What I like about teaching at the U of A is the quality of the students and their interest in exploring new ideas,” said Ogilvie, explaining that her students’ curiosity piques her interest in expanding their horizons and their abilities to think in new ways.
“In many ways, how we teach is a reflection of the environment that we live in or work in,” she said. “I’ve been lucky enough to work with colleagues who have been excellent role models and mentors who have shared their expertise.”