|Nursing dean to deliver faculty lecture Nov. 8|
"Interdisciplinary Research: A Modern Paradigm for Nursing Science" is the next talk in the 10th anniversary of the University Faculty Lecture Series. The talk, to be delivered by Chandice Covington, dean of the College of Nursing, is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, with a reception at 4 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art.
In honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University and the 10th anniversary of the re-establishment of the lecture series at UND, the committee of Chester Fritz Professors coordinating the University Faculty Lecture Series invited the deans of colleges to speak on their research. This occasion will allow the deans to reflect on the important role that their scholarly work plays not only in their career path but in their work on campus today. And, again to break precedent a little, the committee commemorated President Charles Kupchella's tenure at UND by inviting him to give the opening lecture ("Chickens") Oct. 18. Subsequent lectures will be given in the spring and next fall, starting on Jan. 17 with Paul LeBel, dean of the School of Law. Please save the dates of Feb. 14, March 13 and April 10.
Chandice Covington, dean of the College of Nursing, holds a B.S.N. and M.S.N. from the University of Texas, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Michigan. Covington spent most of her academic career at Wayne State, holding several positions including assistant dean of family, community, and mental health nursing and associate dean of academic and clinical affairs. She has also taught at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences College of Nursing, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Michigan, Northwestern State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Texas at Galveston, and Lamar University. Covington is a nationally certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of clinical experience in community-based primary care nursing.
Covington's research focuses on health promotion and the prevention of poor health outcomes in children, especially in vulnerable population in the United States and in international settings. Ongoing studies, funded through federal agencies and foundations, include breast feeding promotion in at-risk populations, alternative feeding technologies to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV via breast milk, school outcomes and prenatal substance exposures, genetic polymorphisms and child health in vulnerable populations.
As dean of the College of Nursing, Covington has articulated three main goals. The first is to have the best teaching program, second to no other. This is followed by the goals of focusing on research and establishing a virtual nursing center.
Covington is the author of over 148 publications and presentations in addition to being inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2004. Other awards received by Covington include the Midwest Nursing Research Society Harriet Werley New Investigator Award, the Meritorious Research Service Award from the Friends of National Institute of Nursing Research, the Graduate Research Assistant/Faculty Award and the President’s Recognition for Women Faculty Research, along with many others. Covington also serves as the college advisor to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Eta Upsilon chapter.