Instructor Daria Byrne Earns Faculty of the Year Award

By Bonny Kehm, PhD, RN
Faculty Program Director, BS & MS Programs in Nursing

Daria Byrne, EdD, MSN, RN is a recipient of a 2017 Faculty of the Year Award. Dr. Byrne received this award based on student nominations.

Daria Byrne has served as an adjunct faculty member for Excelsior College School of Nursing since June 2012, teaching various courses in the graduate nursing school curriculum. She currently works full time as the vice president of product management at PeraHealth, where she leads product development and works closely with technology, client services, clinical adoption, and marketing teams, as well as external stakeholders to understand customer needs in order to drive product strategy and accelerate marketplace adoption. Prior to gaining healthcare product management experience, Dr. Byrne worked as a registered nurse for nine years in a variety of clinical roles including at the bedside in general and critical care areas, as a charge nurse in the emergency department, and as a house supervisor.

She has a BSN and a MSN from the University of Central Missouri and an EdD in leadership and policy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Byrne and her husband, Phil, have four children, Cole, 14, Jenna, 12, Finnegan, 7, and Lochlan, 4. When she is not working, she can be found in the cheering section of sports and robotic events for her children, and spending time with her husband and friends.

Student comments include: “She cheerleads her students along the way when life gets in the way, and she makes us want to keep fighting because she demonstrates such confidence in our ability to overcome and finish the journey. Her responses to us on blackboard provokes thought, and promotes an atmosphere for great discussions with our peers.”

Dr. Byrne commented on receiving the award, “Wow! What an honor. I am so appreciative of this award. I want you to know how thankful I am for the nomination and the award.”