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Engelke named Richard R. Eakin Distinguished Professor

September 28, 2009

Dr. Martha Keehner Engelke has been named the Richard R. Eakin Distinguished Professor in the College of Nursing.

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, and 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."

Engelke, professor and associate dean for research and scholarship in the College, was recognized in 2008 for her research in school health nursing when she received the Outstanding Research Award from the National Association of School Nurses. She currently holds a Kate B. Reynolds Healthcare Trust grant for her project "School-Based Interventions for Children with Chronic Illness." During her career, Engelke has secured more than $1.1 million in funding for the College of Nursing.

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.