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Nursing Professors at The University of Texas at Austin Receive One of Nursing’s Highest Honors

Posted: Aug. 1, 2012

Austin, Texas — Three faculty members in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in nursing.

Dr. Linda Carpenter, Dr. Alexandra Garcia and Dr. Gayle Timmerman are among 176 nurse leaders selected to be inducted during the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting on Oct. 13, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

“Academy fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners,” said Dr. Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing. “It takes extraordinary dedication, intellect and perseverance to become a successful researcher-educator, and we are proud that the accomplishments of three of our faculty members have been recognized with this award.”

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Linda Carpenter, PhD, RN, CNE

Carpenter is associate professor of Clinical Nursing and assistant dean for Student Services. She teaches graduate courses for students in the nursing education concentration, serves on the Education Advisory Committee and conducts faculty development programs and orientations. Her grant proposals for the Children’s Wellness Center — a school-based clinic supported in part by the School of Nursing — have helped sustain financial support, create student intern programs, and maintain clinical experiences for graduate and undergraduate students. Carpenter was recently awarded two grants from the Texas Workforce Commission to create a certificate program to prepare practicing nurses for faculty positions and to ease the nursing faculty shortage.

UFCU representatives Linda Payn, Darrin Creech, and Rhonda Summerbell enjoyed a big Thank You from School of Nursing students and staff

Alexandra Garcia, PhD, RN

Garcia is associate professor in the Family and Public Health Nursing and Nursing Administration Division. She is director of the master’s degree Public Health Nursing concentration and coordinates study abroad programs for the School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the symptom experience of Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes and the exploration of social, cultural and economic influences on health promotion practices; and diabetes self-management and quality of life.

UFCU representatives Linda Payn, Darrin Creech, and Rhonda Summerbell enjoyed a big Thank You from School of Nursing students and staff

Gayle Timmerman, PhD, RN, CSN

Timmerman is associate dean for Academic Affairs and associate professor at the School of Nursing. Her research has targeted eating patterns in women that influence weight (binge eating, dieting, emotional eating), a critically important health issue. Her current work focuses on restaurant eating, a high-risk food environment implicated as contributing to the obesity epidemic. She developed “Mindful Restaurant Eating,” a successful weight gain prevention intervention for women who eat out frequently to help them learn how to compensate for the restaurant environment. Her work received national and international press with more than 450 citations in various media and publications.

The American Academy of Nursing, composed of about 1,600 nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research, selects fellows to recognize efforts in advancing the profession of nursing.

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is a national leader in nursing education and research. The School has more than 1,000 students, from undergraduate pre-nursing students to doctoral candidates completing independent research. Faculty includes skilled clinicians and advanced practice nurses as well as outstanding scholars and educators with internationally renowned programs of research that influence national health-care delivery and policy.