HOUSTON - (Sept. 21, 2011) - Cathy L. Rozmus, D.S.N., R.N., has been appointed as the first holder of the new PARTNERS Professorship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing. She currently is the school’s associate dean of academic affairs and a professor in the Department of Family Health.
“This new PARTNERS professorship advances the school’s commitment to retaining and rewarding outstanding faculty members,” said UTHealth School of Nursing at Houston Dean Patricia L. Starck, D.S.N. “Cathy Rozmus has amassed an impressive record in research and publication, as well as exemplifying excellence in nursing education administration.”
Rozmus joined the nursing school’s faculty in August 2007. Her research interests are health behavior decision-making and high-risk behaviors in adolescents.
She previously served as dean of the School of Nursing and as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga. While she was at Georgia Southwestern, she directed projects underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rozmus received her D.S.N. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing in Maternal-Child Nursing and Education Administration. Her M.S.N. degree in Parent-Child Nursing is from Vanderbilt University, and she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) at West Virginia University.
“PARTNERS is proud to have had the opportunity to establish this professorship for the School of Nursing,” said Leslie Bowlin Bennett, who chaired the organization when the funds were raised and the new professorship created. “The most pressing need in the coming years will be to have the ability to retain and recruit outstanding faculty at UT School of Nursing, in doing so we are thrilled that Cathy Rozmus has been appointed as the first holder.”
The professorship is supported by an endowment established last July by the PARTNERS support organization. Its purpose is to help sustain the educational and research needs of the holder, who is appointed for five-year renewable terms.
PARTNERS stands for “Promoting Advancement Resources to Nursing Education, Research and Students.” The organization was formed in 1994 to lend support and encouragement for students and faculty of the nursing school through scholarships, endowments, faculty research grants and student services.
Written by David R. Bates, Communications Director, UTHealth School of Nursing
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