Anderson Establishes Faculty Support Fund

The School of Nursing is pleased to announce that our very own Associate Dean for Research, Kenan Distinguished Professor Ruth Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN, has donated generously to the School, and in a unique way: she and her spouse have named the School of Nursing Foundation as a beneficiaries of their retirement accounts, a manner of giving not widely known to potential donors.

“We decided to donate in this way because it has made it feasible to give back in ways that I have been blessed,” she said.

The gift will create The Anderson Corcoran Faculty Support Fund, the income from which will financially support at least one Anderson Corcoran Faculty Fellow — an assistant or associate professor — with their research expenses such as travel and study costs.

In particular, Anderson says the fund aims to support professors in what she describes as the developmental years.

“Faculty often begin their positions with start-up funds and end with professorships which provide money for them to accomplish research goals,” she said. “But in the developmental years in between, they often lack funds for seeding their research.”

She hopes The Anderson Corcoran Faculty Support Fund will provide faculty with an opportunity similar to the one she received as a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

At UT Austin, she held the Luci Baines Johnson Fellowship as an assistant professor, and the Ed and Molly Smith Fellowship as an associate professor. Both funds supported her pilot work, which led to her obtaining NIH grants for research to improve care outcomes for residents in nursing homes.

“Having benefited from these donors’ gifts made me want to be able to do the same someday,” Anderson said.

The School of Nursing is grateful to Anderson and her spouse for choosing to support our faculty — an area of critical need for the School — so generously.

To learn more about this and other ways to support the important work of the UNCSON, please contact Assistant Dean for Advancement, Anne Webb, at anne_webb@unc.edu or 919.966.619.