Beth Rodgers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, chair of the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, was awarded the VCU Medallion for Endowed Faculty during an investiture ceremony this week at the School of Nursing’s annual convocation. Rodgers was recognized for her appointment as the Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor.

The Nursing Alumni Endowed Professorship was established by alumni of the MCV, St. Philip and VCU schools of nursing as part of the celebration of the school’s centennial. This award serves to recruit or retain highly acclaimed nursing scholars who have made significant contributions to the mission of the VCU School of Nursing and are highly visible and personally involved in activities that directly benefit the alumni.

Rodgers is a nationally renowned leader in nursing knowledge, theory and concept development, and qualitative research. 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. She most recently served as professor and research chair at the University of New Mexico School of Nursing before joining VCU in May.

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 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.

Drs. Marsha Rappley, Beth Rodgers and Jean Giddens
Dr. Beth Rodgers (center) is joined by Dr. Marsha Rappley (left), vice president of health sciences and CEO of VCU Health System, and Dr. Jean Giddens, dean of the VCU School of Nursing.
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