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José Bauermeister Appointed Greenfield Professor of Human Relations

Provost Wendell Pritchett and Vice Provost for Faculty Laura Perna announce the appointment of José Bauermeister, most recently Presidential Professor of Nursing, as the fifth Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations, effective January 1, 2021.

Prof. Bauermeister – who also serves as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing, a Senior Fellow of the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives, and a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics – is a pioneer of new ways to improve public health for teenagers and young adults, especially in the treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. In particular, his landmark research brings together approaches from medicine, public health, and social science to address the inequities and health disparities that affect the health of racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse LGBTQ communities.

“José Bauermeister’s wide-ranging work,” said Provost Pritchett, “exemplifies the core missions of research at Penn: innovating new ways to approach urgent social challenges, bringing together perspectives across disciplines, and making a tangible impact on peoples’ lives around the world. He embodies the empathetic and humanitarian vision of Albert M. Greenfield, whose legacy also lives on in our Greenfield Intercultural Center, Greenfield Memorial Lectures, and countless philanthropic initiatives in Philadelphia, including our local Greenfield Elementary School (where I began my career as a proud first grader).”

“This is such a well-deserved honor for Dr. Bauermeister,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel. “As an accomplished researcher, teacher, and community advocate, his groundbreaking work reflects a distinguished commitment to recognizing the value and dignity of racially and ethnically diverse sexual and gender minority youth. His work amplifies the promise and value of employing the core tenets of human relations to create evidence-based programs that are responsive to the social, environmental, and psychosocial vulnerabilities experienced by marginalized communities.”

Prof. Bauermeister is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications (as first or senior author on more than 125 of them) who has received more than $30 million in federal and foundation funding as a principal investigator and more than $120 million in funding as a co-investigator. At Penn, he founded the Program on Sexuality, Technology and Action Research, which implements his commitment to developing new public health initiatives, especially using technology, that lessen health disparities and improve health education and health outcomes for members of minority groups. This work includes trials of new drug therapies, programs to strengthen life skills and integrate substance abuse counseling into HIV prevention and care, and studies of best practices in outreach and communications, including for parents, in sex education, and by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Prof. Bauermeister came to Penn in 2016 from the University of Michigan, where he started teaching in 2009. He earned a PhD and MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and a BA magna cum laude in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. From 2007-2008, he was the NIH Postdoctoral Fellow of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the Columbia University Medical Center.

The Albert M. Greenfield Professorship, designated for a distinguished scholar in the field of human relations, was created in 1972 by a gift from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. The foundation supports activities that carry on the humanitarian vision of the late Albert M. Greenfield (1887-1967), a longtime city leader who chaired the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and many other civic and philanthropic organizations.

The late Louis Pollak, Judge of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and former dean of the law schools at Penn and Yale, was appointed the first Greenfield Professor in 1974. The most recent Greenfield Professor, appointed in 2008, was John Fantuzzo, founder of the Penn Child Research Center and a professor in the Graduate School of Education from 1998 until his retirement in 2020.