UC Davis postdoctoral fellows preparing for faculty positions.
Two Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis postdoctoral fellows recently received appointments at prestigious nursing colleges, adding their names to a growing list of the school’s postdoctoral alumni tapped to educate the next generation of nurses at colleges and universities nationwide.
Michelle Fennessy was appointed an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Hermine Poghosyan was appointed assistant professor at University of Massachusetts at Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Since the school’s 2009 founding, seven of eight postdoctoral alumni earned faculty positions educating new nurses in schools across the country. The accomplishment is significant said Deborah Ward, associate dean for academics, because a key goal for the school is the preparation of nurse educators of the future.
“Our nation needs an enormous number of skilled nurses to care for us, now and in the future,” Ward said. “Educating them — and preparing educators for the next generations — is our work. The development of new nurse faculty is a primary goal of our school.”
Two years before students were ever enrolled, the UC Davis nursing school recruited postdoctoral scholars — recent doctoral graduates — for two-year fellowships that prepare the new researchers for faculty positions. Such postdoctoral programs provide new researchers time to pursue scholarly interests in areas of specialized content.
“These fellowships provide postdoctoral scholars with a variety of options often not available at other schools. As a new nursing school, we’ve only just begun to develop our research programs,” said Jill Joseph, associate dean for research. “Here, they have a unique opportunity to make their experience truly their own. Because of our commitment to interprofessional education and research, our scholars are also exposed to scientists and projects from across campus.”