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Penn Nursing Announces Three New Endowed Professorships

The appointment to an endowed professorship is the highest honor that the University can bestow upon a faculty member.

Patricia D’ Antonio, PhD, RN FAAN

D’Antonio has been named the Carol E. Ware Professor in Mental Health Nursing. In addition to being the Chair of the Family and Community Health Department and Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, D’Antonio is a world-renowned historian whose program of scholarship is in the area of nursing history, with a focus on nursing’s labor, gender, and religious history. Her work has also centered on elucidating the ways in which changing ideas about mental health and illness structured the work and worth of those who cared for such individuals and families. She has received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Association for the History of Nursing, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to extensive publications, she has authored seven books. She has taught across all levels of the curriculum and is known for being a dedicated teacher and mentor. Her professional affiliations include roles as Editor of Nursing History Review, the National Library of Medicine Scholarly Books in Biomedicine and Health Study Section, the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Expert Panel on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing’s Task Force on Psychiatric Mental Health Behavioral Health Competencies, and the AAN Expert Panel on History and Policy.

Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN

Ulrich has been named the Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing. She is Professor of Nursing and Associate Professor of Bioethics at the Perelman School of Medicine. Internationally, she is recognized for her expertise in bioethics, particularly as it focuses on the conceptual development and design, measurement, analysis and interpretation of the impact ethical issues have on healthcare providers and outcomes of care. She has a strong record of funding and publication and her expertise has led to membership on key national and international highly prestigious committees addressing important bioethics issues such as the ICN Nursing Ethics Interest Group, the AAN Bioethics Expert Panel, and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Research and Nursing Interest Group. Ulrich’s work was recognized by the Presidential Bioethics Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues under President Obama. Of course, we also know her as an exceptionally dedicated mentor and teacher across disciplines (second degree nursing students, doctoral students, and medical students). She is also the Director of our highly innovative BSN to PhD Hillman Program.

Peggy Compton, PhD, RN, FAAN

Compton has been named the van Ameringen Chair in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. An Associate Professor in the Family and Community Health Department, Compton is one of the few nurses working in the area of pain, opioids, and addiction and how they intersect. She has built a significant program of research that includes one of the most widely used tools available to physicians and nurse practitioners to evaluate risk for misuse of prescription opioids in chronic pain patients; highly regarded studies comparing different pharmacologic and behavioral interventions; and consistent publications in high impact journals in the field. As an established mentor, she is sought out by pre- and post-doctoral students across disciplines working with them on related projects through to publications and on to positions as faculty in nursing and medical schools. She has also played an instrumental role in the development of professional practice guidelines on the management of pain in patients with substance abuse disorders.