We are pleased to share the good news that Inge Smith-Luce has been granted a VSCS Faculty Fellowship for fall 2021 by the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees. This is an exciting opportunity for Inge and the college stands to benefit greatly from her upcoming project work.
As outlined in Article 42 of the Faculty Federation Agreement, outstanding tenured faculty may be selected for a Faculty Fellowship to offer a public lecture, reading, exhibition, performance or recital at their institution. To create this original work, the Faculty Fellow may receive financial support to assist with this work and a reduction in workload of three credit hours. Per the Faculty Fellows process, nominations were considered and only two new fellowships were granted.
Inge Smith-Luce’s fellowship-winning proposal is to create multidisciplinary simulation cases that can include Respiratory Therapy, Paramedicine, Radiologic Science, and Nursing. These cases will create a collaborative workspace and promote interdisciplinary communication, a skill included in licensure testing for each field. The goal of this project is to create simulation materials which could be used by any of the departments alone, or in any combination of specialties.
Inge is a full-time nursing faculty member and the Program Director for the Paramedicine program, which she started at the college. Inge works as a Paramedic, as an RN in the Emergency Department and at a mountain-side medical/ortho clinic in the winter, as an Assistant Medical Examiner for the State of Vermont, and as the EMS Coordinator for VT EMS District #12. Her love of education and supporting the learner keeps her deeply committed to advancing her own knowledge and skills. One of the things that Inge believes is so special about Vermont Tech is the ability of students to learn to apply their knowledge in meaningful ways during their education. To increase their practice with communication, and specifically “handover reports” (critical communications between practitioners in healthcare settings), Inge’s project will increase the sense of community and collaboration between disciplines while students are in college.
Inge’s proposal is forward looking and enables collaboration between our health occupations programs and other programs at Vermont Tech and the VSCS. Please join Vermont Tech in congratulating Inge on her achievement of Faculty Fellow!