As distinguished professor, Engelke will be a leader, role model and educator for baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral students, mentor junior faculty and doctoral students in research, secure external funding and lead an interdisciplinary research team.
“Dr. Engelke shares her expertise and passion for community health nursing with nursing students in all program areas,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, acting dean of the college. “She champions research activity in the College of Nursing by mentoring junior faculty, master’s and doctoral students through grants, publications and the direction of theses and dissertation committees.”
Eakin, chancellor emeritus at ECU, served as chancellor from 1987 to 2001 and has been a longtime supporter of nursing. He was honored last year with the namesake of the College of Nursing’s first endowed professorship. The endowment was made possible by a grant from the C.D. Spangler Foundation Inc. and matching funds from the state’s Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund.