Search committee for VUSN Senior Associate Dean for Research announced

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Barbara A. Given, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, the Visiting Ingram Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) and university distinguished professor at the Michigan State University College of Nursing, will lead the search committee for the next senior associate dean for research for VUSN.

The trans-institutional search committee will work with executive search firm Tyler & Company in the search for a successor to Senior Associate Dean for Research Ann F. Minnick, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, who has led VUSN’s research for nearly a decade. Minnick, the Julia Eleanor Blair Chenault Chair in Nursing, intends to concentrate on teaching, research and mentoring students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty once a successor is in place.

“Dr. Minnick is a brilliant researcher, administrator and colleague. We’ve been fortunate to have her direct our research function these past nine years,” said Dean Linda Norman, DSN, R.N., FAAN, the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing. “VUSN has grown significantly in our research and scholarship contributions under Dr. Minnick’s direction. Our postdoctoral program has expanded, the number of research active faculty has increased and the amount of external funding has grown.”

“The ideal candidate for our next senior associate dean for research will build on those strengths and help expand the research mission of the school, as well as support the overall Vanderbilt University dedication to expanding trans-institutional and externally supported scholarship,” Norman said.

Given, who also holds the Martha Rivers Ingram Chair in Nursing at Vanderbilt, is a world-recognized pioneer in oncology nursing. Her research interests include long-term cancer care, gerontology, cancer care/intervention research and symptom management. She has been a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University since 2008.

In addition to Given, the search committee members are:

Terrah L. Akard, Ph.D., R.N., CPNP
Associate Professor of Nursing

Terri L. Allison, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

Leanne M. Boehm, Ph.D.’16, MSN’09, R.N., ACNS-BC
Research Nurse Specialist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Student/alumni representative

Michelle R. Collins, Ph.D., CNM, FACNM
Professor of Nursing
Director, Nurse-Midwifery specialty

Marilyn A. Dubree, MSN, R.N., NE-B
Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing
Executive Chief Nursing Officer, VUMC

Sunil B. Kripalani, M.D., MSc.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Founding Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research
Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, VUMC

Jana L. Lauderdale, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Assistant Dean for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Cathy A. Maxwell, Ph.D., R.N.
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Shelagh A. Mulvaney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Nursing (Clinical Psychology)

Sheila H. Ridner, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Martha Rivers Ingram Chair in Nursing
Director, Ph.D. program

Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D., M.E., B.E.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering
Vanderbilt University School of Engineering


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