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Cockerham Appointed as Professor of History for Frontier Nursing University
HYDEN, KY – Frontier Nursing University is pleased to announce that Dr. Anne Cockerham, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC has been appointed as Professor of History. Dr. Cockerham has served as course coordinator and FNU faculty member for 4 years and in her new role, she will devote a portion of her time to preserving, recording and disseminating the unique history of the University.
Dr. Cockerham is uniquely qualified for the Professor of History position. Dr. Cockerham holds certification as both a nurse-midwife and women’s health care practitioner. She earned a PhD with a focus in nursing history from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation and article in Nursing History Review explored the work of the nurse-midwives at Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Catholic Maternity Institute. Most recently, Dr. Cockerham has completed a number of high quality projects related to the history of Frontier Nursing University (FNU). Dr. Cockerham has demonstrated her skill and commitment to preserving the history of FNU with many podium presentations to national audiences and with 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.
The purpose of the History Professorship is to preserve, study, and promote FNU’s rich history as well as the work of founder Mary Breckinridge. In keeping with the FNU mission, particular focus will be given to the study of midwifery and family nursing in rural areas. In her new role, Dr. Cockerham will act as a resource to administrators, faculty, staff, students, visitors, and others interested in the history of the Frontier Nursing Service and Frontier Nursing University.
Dr. Cockerham shares, “I'm honored to have been given this opportunity and I appreciate the support and enthusiasm of faculty colleagues, students, and other members of the Frontier community. As I begin this new role, I'm working with the President and with the Dean to establish priorities and I look forward to completing a variety of projects related to our exciting history.”
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.
To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.
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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.