Delgado’s 2013 Seymour Weiss Excellence in Teaching Award winner is Charity School of Nursing Associate Professor Barbara Mumme Hebert.
Delgado Community College’s 2013 Seymour Weiss Excellence in Teaching Award Winner is Delgado Charity School of Nursing Associate Professor Barbara Mumme Hebert, RN, MN. Hebert is the first Nursing faculty member to win the award, which is the highest honor the college bestows upon its faculty. “It is quite an honor to say the least, mainly because it comes from nominations from your peers,” said Hebert. Fellow faculty nominations and student recommendations are part of the selection process for the Weiss Award.
Hebert has taught nursing students for almost two decades. Hebert guides first-semester students in the Nursing program through patient-care techniques such as safety and infection control, assessing vital signs, administering medications, dressing changes and proper hygiene. “I really enjoy teaching, both in the classroom and in the clinical area,” said Hebert.
Barbara Mumme Hebert, RN, MN
Hebert is very active at Delgado Charity. Currently, Hebert is the co-faculty advisor for Sigma Alpha Chi Honor Society and over the years she has been very busy with speaking engagements, poster presentations, assisting with recruitment and open houses, volunteering in the Faculty Senate, facilitating service learning projects and donating unused medical supplies to Haiti.
A native of New Orleans, Hebert earned a master’s degree in nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Nursing. Hebert has worked at Delgado as an instructor since 1993 and became an assistant professor in 2008. She achieved the rank of associate professor in 2012.
Hebert has also won many other awards and honors. She was the recipient of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Educator of the Year Award, the Chancellor’s Cabinet Award of Excellence Distinguished Dolphin Award and the 2012 Jo Ellen Smith Endowed Professorship in Nursing. Hebert is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, the Louisiana Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the National League for Nursing.
Hebert believes that she may have been chosen because of her level of patience. “One thing my students always tell me is that I am patient with them,” said Hebert. One of Hebert’s teaching styles is asking her students open-ended questions that allow students to improve by recognizing their own mistakes and correcting them.
Hebert will purchase a new home computer with the monetary portion of the award and plans to continue teaching for as long as she possibly can.
Nominees for the 2013 Seymour Weiss Endowed Professorship for Excellence in Teaching Award were Candace Clanton, Vivian Kain, Sandy Laugharn, Ramon Ariza, Christine Mitchell, Alyssia Dayries-Sam, Janet Colletti, Jacqueline Jones, Malene Arnaud-Davis, Barbara Hebert, Amanda Brammer, Deborah Evers, Kim Gatzke, Yadira Diaz, Kenneth Ripberger and Steven Edwards.
About the Seymour Weiss Excellence in Teaching Award
The Seymour Weiss Excellence in Teaching Award is Delgado’s most prestigious award presented to a faculty member. The recipient receives a gold lapel pin, an embossed plaque, a certificate of excellence and a monetary award. The faculty member’s monetary award is funded through a permanent endowed trust fund, the Delgado Community College Seymour Weiss Endowed Professorship. This endowment is made possible through the Board of Regents’ Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund (LEQSF) program and is jointly funded by the LEQSF and the Delgado Community College Foundation Seymour Weiss Trust Fund. In addition, all Excellence in Teaching nominees have first preference for funding to attend the current year’s National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Conference.