Dr. Volker earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master’s degree in nursing education from Columbia University, and a PhD in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focused on ethical issues and end-of-life care for adults with a cancer diagnosis. Her teaching included bioethics, oncology nursing, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Volker was honored as Professor of the Year by The University of Texas at Austin Senate of College Councils in 2010, selected as an ING Professor of Excellence at UT in 2011, and inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2011. Prior to her work at UT Austin, she served as director of nursing education and an adjunct clinical ethicist at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.