School of Nursing Names Nationally Recognized Sleep Disorders Expert as Its Next Dean
After an extensive national search, Kathy Parker, an adult nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist in adult health, and a nationally recognized sleep disorders researcher, has been selected as the fourth dean of the School of Nursing. Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk made the announcement this morning at a special event in Helen Wood Hall.
Parker is currently a professor of nursing in the Department of Family and Community Nursing at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta. She will start at the University in August.
"As a respected, practicing clinician, Kathy brings a deep appreciation for the value of clinician educators and learning approaches that focus on teams of providers," Berk says. "Her expertise in NIH-funded research, especially translational research into hypersomnia, will synergize with the programs in our Clinical and Translational Science Institute." Parker's first task will be to create a comprehensive strategic plan for the school that integrates with Medical Center's new strategic plan, Berk adds.
"The School of Nursing is well known for its academic excellence and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve as its dean. However, what impressed me most about the school—and the entire University—was the warmth and collegiality of both faculty and staff," Parker says. "I look forward to working with everyone in this wonderful, rich environment to become the best we all can be." Read more...