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Cockerham Named as Associate Dean of Midwifery and Women’s Health at Frontier Nursing University
HYDEN, KY – Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is pleased to announce that Dr. Anne Cockerham, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC has been named as the Associate Dean of Midwifery and Women’s Health. Dr. Cockerham has served as course coordinator and FNU faculty member for four years and will also continue to serve in her recently appointed position as Professor of History where she devotes a portion of her time to preserving, recording and disseminating the unique history of the University.
Dr. Cockerham holds certification as both a nurse-midwife and women’s health care practitioner which uniquely positions her for serving in the role of Associate Dean for the midwifery and women’s health programs. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, certificates for nurse-midwifery and women’s health from FNU and a PhD with a focus in nursing history from the University of Virginia. Dr. Cockerham is actively involved in numerous FNU faculty committees as well as a variety of professional nursing and midwifery organizations, and she has received multiple awards for her excellence in teaching. Her background with FNU also includes the completion of two books: Rooted in the Mountains, Reaching to the World: Stories of Nursing and Midwifery at Kentucky’s Frontier School, 1939-1989, published in 2012; and Unbridled Service: Growing Up and Giving Back as a Frontier Nursing Service Courier, 1928-2010, due to be published in late 2013.
As Associate Dean of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Dr. Cockerham will ensure that FNU’s community-based nurse-midwifery and women’s health graduate programs continue to excel and attract the most qualified students. The programs prepare registered nurses to become certified nurse-midwives and Nurse Practitioners through distance education. FNU Dean of Nursing Dr. Julie Marfell states, “With the largest and longest continually operating nurse-midwifery program in the nation, it is crucial to have a strong and motivated leader. Dr. Cockerham is a perfect fit for this position and I am confident in the direction she will take FNU’s midwifery and women’s health programs.”
Frontier Nursing University was named a 2013 “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, receiving multiple honors based completely on faculty and staff surveys.
Frontier Nursing University’s Mission:
Frontier Nursing University is a private, non-profit, non-residential graduate school of nursing offering community-based, distance education programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Science in Nursing Degree and/or post-master's certificates in advanced practice nursing specialties. Our mission is to educate nurses to become competent, entrepreneurial, ethical and compassionate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who are leaders in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on underserved and rural populations.