School of Nursing Creates Academic Departments, Names
By Lynn Schultz-Writsel
In an ongoing strategic initiative, the Johns Hopkins
School of Nursing has structured areas of excellence as
academic departments and named three faculty members as
Dean Martha N. Hill announced at faculty and staff
meetings held on Feb. 13 the names of those selected. In
her presentations, Hill recognized the inclusive process
undertaken in selecting the chairs and commended the
faculty and staff who offered input and those who "stepped
forward to take on new leadership responsibilities and to
help achieve our strategic objective of even greater
excellence in teaching, practice, and research."
Fannie Gaston-Johansson, a professor, will lead
the faculty in the Acute and Chronic Care
Department. She holds the Elsie M. Lawler Endowed Chair
and serves as the director of the school's Center for
Health Disparities. She also leads the Global Health
Promotion Research Program, an international,
interdisciplinary research/educational program that
attracts nursing, medical, public health, and arts and
sciences students from universities throughout the country.
Victoria Mock, also a professor, will chair the
new Department of Health Systems and Outcomes. Mock
leads the school's National Institutes of Health-funded
Center for Collaborative Intervention Research and serves
as director of nursing research at the Kimmel Cancer
Center. Previously director of the school's Center for
Nursing Research, she is well-known for fostering
collaborative, interdisciplinary biobehavioral research
initiatives among faculty, staff and students at the School
of Nursing and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Associate Professor Phyllis W. Sharps, former
director of the Master's Program, will head the third
department, Community and Public Health. Sharps'
academic nursing career has focused on creating tomorrow's
nurse leaders. Her research targets underserved audiences,
and she currently is the principal investigator on a
multimillion-dollar National Institute of Nursing Research
community-based study aimed at helping at-risk pregnant
women and their infants.
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