Endowed Professorships & Chairs
College of Nursing
Dorothy M. Smith Chair
This fund honors the College's founder and first dean, Dorothy M. Smith, who developed a school where knowledge-based clinical excellence was the norm for administrators, faculty members, nurses and students alike. This professorship focuses on the unification of practice and education.
Dorothy Smith, a graduate of Quincy City Hospital School of Nursing in Massachusetts, received bachelor's degrees from Teachers College and Columbia University, and a master's degree from Harvard University.
Dorothy Smith's ideas have stood the test of time so well that it is difficult to imagine the world as it was when nursing education was isolated academically from other disciplines within universities and isolated from its clinical practice base; when schools of nursing had no roles in their universities' teaching hospitals and clinical services; when graduate nursing education prepared nurses for functional roles in education and administration rather than for careers in clinical practice and research.
Dorothy Smith's ideas were so bold and contrary to the prevailing norms and conventional wisdom of the times that only decades later is it possible to recognize the immensely influential role her visionary ideas had for the evolution of nursing as we know it today.
Dean Smith passed away in 1997 and was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 1998.