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New leading faculty enhance nursing, health education at ASU

Nelma Shearer, Ph.D.
October 17, 2013

ASU’s College of Health Solutions (CHS) and College of Nursing & Health Innovation (CONHI) continue to grow by adding new faculty at the top of their fields and acknowledging recognition from leading industry organizations.

Tomorrow, Nelma Shearer, an associate professor in the College of Nursing & Health Innovation and director of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, will be inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. The induction will take place during the Academy’s 40th annual meeting on Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. Selection for fellowship in the academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the nursing field, with less than one percent of nurses inducted.

Lori Grover joined ASU this fall as an associate professor and director of the new Center for Translational Health Science. Grover is internationally recognized in the field of vision impairment and rehabilitation. She is a clinician researcher who specializes in the care of chronic vision impairment. Her health services and policy research focuses on health care delivery models and outcomes, clinical decision-making, economic evaluation and health policy analysis.

Prior to ASU, Grover was an assistant professor of ophthalmology in the Wilmer Eye Institute and research director of the Office of Women in Science and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Grover earned her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and received her doctorate of optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry.  

The National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) announced the recent induction of its newest Fellows at its annual meeting last month. Steven Hooker, assistant director of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, was the newest member of the ASU faculty to be inducted. NAK is an honorary organization composed of Fellows who have made significant contributions to the field of kinesiology through scholarship and professional service. Fellows reflect a “who’s who” of eminent scholars in the field.

Hooker and Rebecca Lee, a professor in CONHI, were asked to serve on the advisory panel for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan. The plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population.

Julie Liss was appointed associate dean of CHS. Liss has been with ASU since 1994, and is a professor for the Department of Speech & Hearing Science. Her research focuses on the question of how listeners understand degraded speech in order to inform speech perception theory and to provide a theoretical framework for addressing communication disorders related to speech understanding.

In addition to her involvement in matters pertaining to academic personnel and academic programs in CHS, Liss will be promoting the development of new degrees and certificates based on interprofessional collaborations among CHS, CONHI and other schools and colleges at ASU.

Eve Krahe was named interim associate director and instructor for the Master of Healthcare Innovation (MHI) program. Krahe earned her MHI and doctorate in health care innovation and leadership from ASU.

Carol Stevens, a clinical assistant professor in CONHI’s RN-BSN program, was elected president of the Arizona Nurses Association. As president, Stevens will lead the board of directors and association members in formulating policies, positions and programs that will further the goals and objectives of the association.