After a nationwide search, the UF College of Nursing has selected Angela Starkweather, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, CNRN, FAAN, as the inaugural Chamings Professor. Starkweather also assumed the role of assistant dean for research development when she arrived in March.
Starkweather joins the College of Nursing from the University of Connecticut, where she led the P20 Center for Accelerating Precision Pain Self-Management, expanded upon her extensive publication record and mentored countless nursing students. In her roles at the College of Nursing, Starkweather will be responsible for accelerating the work of PhD students, post-doctoral trainees and early stage research faculty, as well as furthering her biobehavioral symptom science research.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, as well as a Master of Nursing degree in trauma/critical care and a PhD in biobehavioral nursing research from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.
“I am thrilled and extremely honored to be selected as the Chamings Endowed Professor in Nursing and as Assistant Dean for Research Development at the UF College of Nursing,” Starkweather said. “I am so impressed with the great achievements of the students, staff, faculty, impactful research, practice initiatives and strong academic programs at the college. I am really excited to bring my program of research to UF, collaborate with research teams across the University and contribute to the mission of the UF College of Nursing.”
To create her namesake professorship and support innovative nursing research at the College of Nursing, Patricia Chamings (BSN 1964, MSN 1965), PhD, amended a previous endowed scholarship fund in 2018. The fund was endowed by a blended gift that includes the transfer of funds from the previous scholarship, a documented estate gift, distribution from an Individual Retirement Account and yearly pledge payments.
Chamings herself held prestigious positions in academia after serving as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She served as dean at the School of Nursing at University of North Carolina Greensboro and interim dean at North Carolina A&T State University’s School of Nursing. She earned her PhD from Peabody College, now part of Vanderbilt University.
“Dr. Starkweather is well prepared to lead the College of Nursing to the next level with her research program and the research productivity of those she mentors,” Chamings said. “I look forward to meeting her and learning more about her research interests and professional goals, and I wish her great success.”