|Susan H. Diehl, associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Nursing, College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP), is the 2013 recipient of the Roy E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Diehl earns high praise from the many students she has taught and mentored in her 13 years as a faculty member in the University's nursing program. Since 2006, the Office of Career Services has done an annual survey of University graduates and asked them to name the faculty member who had the greatest impact on them. In the seven years of survey results, Diehl has ranked first three different times in the number of accolades received from her students. No other faculty member has achieved such distinction, notes John Kniering, director of Career Services.
Diehl inspires good nurses to become great nurses—to think and act proactively, and to take responsibility for their profession. The nurses who have benefited from her teaching and mentoring are working as nursing-education and public-health leaders across the state. In addition to teaching, Diehl has worked as a nurse practitioner for VNA Health Care and Healthy Families Connecticut. She currently works with Common Ground in the Northeast Neighborhood Health Initiative in Hartford.