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Two New Term Chairs in School of Nursing
October 31, 2006, Volume 53, No. 10

Sean ClarkeDiane Spatz

Assistant Professor Sean P. Clarke and Associate Professor Diane L. Spatz have been appointed to term chairs effective July 1, 2006, the School of Nursing announced. Dr. Clarke is the Class of 1965 25th Reunion Term Assistant Professor of Nursing and Dr. Spatz is the Helen M. Shearer Term Associate Professor of Nutrition.

“The appointment to a term chair is a high honor in the University and is an acknowledgement of a high level of productivity of a faculty member,” said Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing Afaf Meleis. “It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointments of two of our faculty to term chairs.”

Dr. Clarke is being acknowledged for his outstanding accomplishments in research and his tireless efforts to enrich the undergraduate program. His research focuses on the relationship between nurse staffing and organization in hospitals with patient mortality and other ailments, and on occupational health issues with nurses. In addition to his extensive contributions in research and teaching, Dr. Clarke is the co-chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and a course director for a senior undergraduate class.

Dr. Spatz studies breastfeeding, high risk pregnancy, and advanced practice nursing/models of care. Her research has made a direct impact on clinical practice (CHOP has incorporated protocols she developed). Furthermore, Dr. Spatz received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the School’s Faculty Teaching Award twice, the Undergraduate Advisor and Faculty Advisor of the Year Awards, as well as being named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

The Class of 1965 Chair was created in 1990 for the 25th reunion. They funded five chairs, one for each of the four undergraduate Schools and one in honor of the College for Women. The Shearer Chair was created in 1989 to support a faculty member who extensively studies and teaches nutrition.

Almanac - October 31, 2006, Volume 53, No. 10