Jaqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN has been nominated and selected by the Faculty Senate at UT Health San Antonio as the recipient of the Administrative Leadership Award for the 2022-2023 academic year. The award is given annually to a senior member of the administration with the aim of providing recognition and a vote of confidence for their outstanding and long-term contributions that promote and support the missions and well-being of the faculty.
The Faculty Senate provides representation for academic faculty to ensure that each faculty member has a voice in matters that may affect their rights, privileges, responsibilities, and welfare regarding teaching, research, and clinical programs and services at UT Health San Antonio.
Nominated by Professor Kyungeh An, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN of the School of Nursing, the award was presented to McGrath in September after voting indicated an overwhelming majority in her favour.
Candidates for the Administrative Leadership Award are evaluated on their contributions, with an emphasis on leadership and management skills that have supported other faculty members. These contributions may relate to:
- Improved teaching, service and/or research environments so that faculty members can more effectively achieve their goals.
- Improved faculty development and well-being.
- Improved faculty governance.
- Significant contributions as a liaison with university faculty, resulting in improved communication, transparency and understanding, which lead to strengthened partnerships between administration and faculty that result in greater great effectiveness and efficiency of the faculty in carrying out their missions.
Among McGrath’s highlighted contributions were:
- His leadership style and ability to optimize faculty strengths.
- Its ability to develop new and improved processes.
- Its development of partnerships, understanding and collaboration between members of the institution.
- His dedication to providing resources and opportunities for teachers.
- Her development of a School of Nursing faculty mentorship program.
McGrath is Thelma and Joe Crowe Endowed Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Excellence in the School of Nursing. All faculty in the school of nursing are supported by the Office of Faculty Excellence. In this role, she provides leadership to advance each faculty member towards academic excellence.