DPH’s HIV Nurse Consultant Earns Faculty of the Year Award

October 27, 2014

The University of Phoenix recently announced the selection of Michael “Mac” Coker as the 2014 University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus Faculty of the Year award recipient.  Coker, a Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) HIV nurse consultant of eight years, received his award at the 2014 University of Phoenix commencement ceremony earlier this month.

Coker is certified to teach undergraduate and graduate level nursing courses with the University of Phoenix online and is currently in his fourth year of instructing classes in health care administration and health sciences at the Atlanta campus.

Coker truly enjoys working with students as they work on achieving their respective degrees. He encourages the best from every student, making certain to remind them of the high quality education they are receiving from an accredited university. Coker applauds their dedication and reiterates that every course offers something that will help them prosper as they pursue postgraduate career opportunities.

“Education and health care are both great passions of mine,” Coker said. “I’m honored to devote my time and attention to fostering the talent of our nation’s rising health care leaders. This award is an important reminder to me about the impact teachers can have on their students and I look forward to continuing my role at the University of Phoenix as an educator and mentor.”

Coker has been a registered nurse for 35 years and is a graduate of the Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta. He is a University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus alumnus from the class of 2006 where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. In 2009, he earned a master’s degree in nursing science with a focus on public health nursing leadership from Emory University.

In addition to his professional commitments, Coker volunteers his time to the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of nurses in HIV/AIDS care, research, prevention and policy development. He has been an active member of ANAC since the 1990s and has held local and national offices for the organization.

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