VCU School of Nursing appoints new chair of Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing announced the appointment of Beth Rodgers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a renowned leader in nursing knowledge, theory and concept development, and qualitative research, as professor and chair of the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems. Rodgers will join the school on May 1.
Rodgers is currently professor and research chair at the University of New Mexico School of Nursing. She has been a prominent scholar, consultant and nursing educator for more than three decades, having served most of her career in various leadership positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing prior to her current role.
“We are thrilled that a highly talented nurse leader of Beth’s caliber is joining our leadership team,” said Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the School of Nursing. “Her innovative scholarly work and research, as well as her leadership experience will complement the great work under way at our school.”
Rodgers is widely known for her work in qualitative and mixed methods research with adults experiencing chronic illness, major life change and obstructive sleep apnea. She is the author of three highly regarded textbooks. Of the three, “Concept Development in Nursing” (Editor, with Dr. K. Knafl) and the more recent “Developing Nursing Knowledge” are required reading in Ph.D. and graduate programs internationally. A recently co-authored text, “Mastering Concept-Based Teaching,” with Jean Giddens and Linda Caputi, Ed.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, is used widely as well.
Rodgers has consulted extensively on Ph.D. nursing education and for faculty development related to philosophy, theory and scholarly thinking throughout the curriculum. She serves on numerous editorial and grant review boards and was a member of the Sleep Apnea Patient Advisory committee of the federally funded Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Rodgers received her undergraduate nursing degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and subsequently earned her M.S.N. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.