Alderman and Bryant Selected as Inaugural Anne Belcher Interprofessional Scholars

Congratulations to Associate Professor Ashley Leak Bryant and Assistant Professor Jennifer Alderman, who have been selected as the inaugural Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholars.

Earlier this year, the Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholars Program for Nursing was created with a generous gift from Anne Belcher, MN, PhD, (BSN ’67), ANEF, FAAN, to provide opportunities for selected faculty in the UNC School of Nursing to shape the world of interprofessional education (IPE) and to create the scholarly work others will look to as evidence for the power of IPE in the future.

During the two-year program, Scholars will participate in a targeted educational leadership program to develop, implement and evaluate an interprofessional scholarly product, as well as disseminate this work through presentations and publications. Meg Zomorodi, Assistant Provost of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) and Carol Durham, Professor and IPEP Director for the School of Nursing, will serve as mentors throughout the process.

This year’s awardees are poised to advance interprofessional education at Carolina Nursing, the University and beyond. Dr. Alderman has established many interprofessional relationships with colleagues across campus, and her doctoral work focused on measuring the impact of interprofessional student teams on patient outcomes in home health care. Dr. Bryant’s program of research focuses on improving health related quality of life of older adults with cancer through physical activity interventions using an interprofessional team approach in the hospital. Her educational focus is in oncology and geriatric education, with a focus on mentorship.

“I am so excited to congratulate Ashley and Jennifer on their receipt of the inaugural Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholarships,” says Dr. Belcher. “They exemplify what is best about Carolina Nursing and make me especially proud to be an alumna of the UNC School of Nursing!”

Many thanks to Anne Belcher making this opportunity possible, and congratulations again to Drs. Alderman and Bryant!