Q. What are some of your responsibilities as associate dean for research & scholarship?
A. My responsibilities essentially cover facilitating the college’s mission and strategic plan in the areas of research and scholarship, and managing the Office for Research and Scholarship. Through the staff of the Office of Research Support, we provide support for faculty scholarship, such as statistical consultation and editorial support for manuscripts and research applications, identification of funding opportunities, pre- (that is, grant application development) and post-award (managing grants after receiving funding), and, perhaps most important, listening and responding to faculty-identified needs in the area of research and scholarship. A relatively recent addition is oversight of the PhD program, for which I work with department chairs, graduate faculty and the Graduate School to maintain a quality PhD program.
Q. As a male nursing leader, what inspires you?
A. Interesting question, as I don’t see myself as a male nursing leader. From the time of my undergraduate experience, I have bristled at being referred to as a “male nurse.” I am a nursing leader, and my gender is irrelevant. My experiences as a minority gender in a profession has made me sensitive to and committed to ending the discrimination that others in minority positions (including from a power-balance perspective) experience.