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JHUSON dean to return to research work, teaching at end of school year


Martha Hill, RN, PhD, FAAN, will conclude her service as dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, university President Ronald J. Daniels announced in a letter to faculty, staff and students. Hill will remain a member of the nursing school faculty and plans to return to her research work, Daniels said in a news release.

“After 12 extraordinary years as dean in which the school has grown and thrived, I felt it was a good time for the transition to a new dean,” Hill said. “The charge of the dean is to fulfill the mission of the university and school and to build upon the precedent of one’s predecessors. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. … We have embraced innovation. We have pursued research and scholarship. And we have never forgotten our ultimate purpose: to pursue excellence in research, teaching and practice. I look forward to welcoming the next dean and working as a member of the faculty to continue the trajectory of excellence and growth of the school’s contributions to nursing.”

Hill became dean of the school of nursing in 2002 after serving for a year in an interim capacity. During Hill’s tenure, research funding at the school increased by more than 440%, according to the release.

The search for Hill’s replacement is ongoing. “We will honor Martha’s work in part by finding a successor capable of building on her spectacular success and leading the school to even greater accomplishment,” Daniels said in his announcement. “In the meantime, there will be ample opportunity before next summer to more formally honor Martha. For now, suffice it to say that we are all deeply grateful for everything she has done for Johns Hopkins nursing and for the entire university.”

Hill was one of the first four faculty members to join Dean Carol Gray when the school of nursing was established as an independent division of the university in 1984. As a researcher, Hill focused on devising strategies to overcome healthcare disparities and on preventing and treating hypertension, particularly among young African-American men in urban environments. As an educator, she is known for her mentorship of students and junior faculty members.

Hill is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Institute of Medicine. From 1997 to 1998, she served as president of the American Heart Association, making her the first of two nonphysicians to hold that position.

At Johns Hopkins, she became director of the Center for Nursing Research in 1994. She has served as a member and chairwoman of the universitywide Committee for the 21st Century and as co-chairperson of the Urban Health Council, a joint Hopkins/Baltimore community committee whose work led to the establishment of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. Hill holds joint faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.


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