CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A new endowed professorship in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences honors Dr. Eve Layman who is retiring after 14 years at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
The first such professorship in nursing will support a faculty member with a focus on research.
A $100,000 gift from Janet Tysinger establishes the Dr. Eve Layman Professor of Nursing. Tysinger also provided an additional gift to fund the first year of the award.
“The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is at a very exciting phase of their development as they prepare in 2016 to welcome their first class of students into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program,” Tysinger said. “We hope that this endowed professorship will help the college to recruit and retain faculty with strong research backgrounds who – through their research – will provide students with learning experiences that they can apply in their practice.”
The recipient of the Dr. Eve Layman Professor of Nursing will demonstrate a sustained record of health services or nursing research with continued contributions, such as publications in peer-reviewed journals, professional presentations and recognition by peers as a leader.
Endowments such as this are gifts held in perpetuity and invested to provide a stable funding source. The gifts are placed in a fund and a portion of the income earned from that funding is in turn invested as set out by the donor.
“Dedicated professorships help us honor the best faculty members and ensure that essential topics such as nursing research receive the appropriate focus,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi. “We are proud of Dr. Layman’s service, and honored to be able to extend her legacy with this professorship.”
Layman, the Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing Programs, joined the faculty in 2001, and has focused on the development of nurse leaders and research of nursing workforce issues. She was instrumental in advancing the distance learning practices and in creating the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
“Effective nursing and health care is developed through rigorous research,” Layman said. “Nurse scholars working in academic institutions are responsible for conducting relevant scientific investigations that build nursing practice.”
Layman said the professorship will support the efforts of TAMU-CC nursing faculty, which is well-prepared to lead the search for innovative nursing care.“Dr. Layman has been essential to the success of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences,” said Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “And with this professorship, her legacy of leadership will continue to support faculty in the critical field of nursing research.”