Carol joined Kent State University February of 1988 and is currently serving as the Senior Instructional Designer for the College of Nursing. She has over 20 years of experience in multimedia and course development. Her expertise also includes technical support for the course management system Blackboard Learn 9.1.
I am originally from Niagara Falls, NY. I am married to David Bacha, M.D. Board Certified Rheumatologist. I have 3 children. Oldest daughter Christine is in her last year of medical school at Toledo College of Medicine. She is presently interviewing for residency in Pediatrics. Second daughter Michelle is a graduate of KSU CON and now works as a Registered Nurse in Obstetrics, my son Michael graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in business.
I have a special interest in online education and the use of creative use of online technologies. Through the use of these technologies I significantly boosted returns on student surveys on instruction. Other online areas of interest include creating community of practice and maximizing group work potential.
My clinical experience over several decades of nursing began in OB/Delivery, and moved to administration in Long-term-care and then intensive care both in the US and Israel. Each arena of practice has been very interesting and has taught me new skills and understanding. Perhaps my greatest satisfaction has been in nursing education: I truly enjoy working with students and sharing their sense of satisfaction with their own professional progress and growth.
I have been a nurse for 20 years and a nurse practitioner for 12 of those working in an internal medicine clinic. I have been faculty at KSU for the last 7 years as well. I have precepted over 60 students from various programs. I recently received my DNP from Rush University and feel that most recently that is my greatest accomplishment. I have spent much of my practice working with the geriatric population which I very much enjoy and find teaching students about this population very rewarding.
I enjoy volunteering my time to nonprofit organizations such as food banks, homeless support, and timebanks. I have been to Kenya twice with Bonyo’s Kenya Mission, sit on the Board of Directors for BKM, and sponsor a child through this group. I also work with an orphan support group called Belfon Foundation, based in Kenya, and the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation, which supports HIV and Cancer patients in the USA and Kenyan HIV orphaned children. The Brodsky Foundation also co-sponsors the World AIDS Marathon in Kenya on December First, annually.