Joan Riley (right) with two NHS professors at NHS Graduation
On Thursday, Georgetown Professor Joan Burggraf Riley (NHS’76, G’97) was named the District of Columbia Teacher of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Riley, an assistant professor at Georgetown’s School of Nursing and Health Studies, has attended and taught at Georgetown for more than 30 years. She has worked with other faculty to integrate mental health and wellness topics into other academic departments through the Bringing Theory to Practice project.
She also serves as the faculty advisor for Georgetown’s chapter of Best Buddies International, which pairs student volunteers with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, and works in the Student Health Center as a family health practitioner.
“I have known Joan for many years, and her commitment to the development and well-being of our undergraduates is a model for all of us in the academy,” President John DeGioia said on Thursday at a reception held in the District for Riley, four national winners of the award, and other winners from 38 states and territories.
Riley’s award marks the second year in a row that a Georgetown professor was selected for the award. Math Department Chair James Sandefur won in 2008.