Dr. Melinda Hermanns, School of Nursing professor at The University of Texas at Tyler, was selected as the newest member of The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education for her contributions as a health care educator.

“I am deeply honored and privileged to be selected as a member of Shine Academy,” said Hermanns. “I am grateful for the unwavering support of my colleagues and the outstanding educational community at UT Tyler, and I look forward to contributing to the Academy’s mission of promoting excellence in the health professions.”

The Shine Academy exists to support the University of Texas Health System and promote health science education through scholarships and leadership opportunities and by supporting educational research.

“Educators like Dr. Hermanns who have dedicated their careers to furthering health education are a credit to their organizations and exemplify THOT’s commitment to prepare and support future health care providers,” said THOT president/CEO Maureen Milligan.

Dr. Hermanns was recognized as one of East Texas’ Healthcare Heroes – Nurses by UT Tyler in 2018 and was inducted into the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education in 2019. She earned her PhD in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and her post-bachelor’s certificate in nursing informatics, quality & safety from UT Tyler, where she has taught for more than 20 years.

“Dr. Hermanns is a stellar example of the caliber of our faculty, and we are proud to have her selected to represent us in the prestigious Shine Academy,” said UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, M.D., FACP in a statement.

From providing excellent care to advancing health education and growing Texas’ health care workforce, THOT’s member hospitals are dedicated to improving all aspects of care in the communities they serve.