The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) recognized Charlotte Henningsen, chair of the Department of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, with the Distinguished Educator Award in September of this year.
SDMS is a national association for ultrasound professionals, which presents this honor each year to one educator who has demonstrated excellence through various authorships, publications, lectures, and awards.
According to the SDMS website, the recipient of the award should exhibit “the motivation, drive, and hard work it takes to promote life-long learning in students and sonographers using innovative teaching methods.”
Donald Haydon, CEO of SDMS, said that simply being nominated is an accomplishment, but being selected is a remarkable achievement for Henningsen, who has been with Adventist University of Health Sciences since its establishment in 1992.
“This professional recognition is the pinnacle of success in the sonography educational community,” Haydon said.
During the selection process, a committee reviewed nominees and made a recommendation to the SDMS Board of Directors, which chose Henningsen as the recipient.
Henningsen was honored on September 21 during an awards banquet at the SDMS 2012 Annual Conference in Seattle, Wash., where Joy Guthrie, president of SDMS, presented her the award.
Henningsen currently serves SDMS as the immediate past president and the president of SDMS Foundation. She said her continued involvement with the organization made the award even more special.
“When I found out I won I was delighted,” Henningsen said. “To be recognized by an organization that is part of my history as an educator made me feel very proud. And I am blessed to have spent my career at a University that has fostered my professional development.”
-by Sarah Crowder