I couldn’t be more pleased to announce the well-deserved promotions of three individuals in our School of Nursing family: Camille Burnett, Pamela DeGuzman, and Randy Jones.
As many of you know, Camille – now an associate professor with tenure – is a vibrant, much-beloved student mentor who’s also in charge of the School’s Community Engagement and Partnerships effort. An integral part of national organizations – she is vice president of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International, and serves on an AACN policy think tank to maximize nursing’s role in policy – Camille is also a champion of local groups, too, including Georgia’s House and the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, where she’s a (respectively) board member and an advisor. In 2014, Camille earned a $312K NIH Minority Supplement Grant for work on the efficacy of a high-tech way to screen for violence in the home, and her research continues to focus on intimate partner violence and structural justice, and the systems and policies where it persists.
Pam – now an associate professor with full tenure – is a perennial favorite with students and clinicians alike, and a passionate advocate for understanding the link between built environment and the health of vulnerable populations. A fellow for the UVA Center for Design and Health and director of nursing research at Martha Jefferson Hospital, she’s a fierce champion of helping working nurses find their voices and understand the systems and processes necessary for quality improvement projects and change through evidence-based study. Her research is focused on the effect rurality exerts on cancer survivors’ ability to get the support they need to maximize their quality of life.
Last, but certainly not least, is Randy – now a full professor – whose scholarship, teaching and mentoring at the School has been as stellar as the grants he’s earned. Director of the BSN program for the last several years, most notably during the overhaul of the undergraduate curriculum, he most recently earned a $2.2M NIH grant (through 2020) to create a decision aid to guide men with advanced prostate cancer through treatment options. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar alumnus, an advisory member for the RWJF Clinical Scholars program, and on the American Academy of Nursing’s Institute for Nursing Leadership, Randy also received the SNRS’s Researcher of the Year in Minority Health, was named the National Black Nurse Association’s Institute of Excellence Scholar, and became an Academy Fellow in 2012.
I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Camille, Pam, and Randy on their hard work and accolades. And as summer begins in earnest, my very best wishes for a wonderful, well-deserved break. Each of you make this School the very special place that it is.