The Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor in Nursing
In August 2010, Linda Bullock joined the U.Va. faculty as the first Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor in Nursing. Alumni and friends funded the chair to honor the former dean of the nursing school, who stepped down in 2008 after 19 years.
Ms. Bullock, who comes to Charlottesville after having served as a nursing professor at the University of Missouri, also serves as director of the school’s Ph.D. program.
“My goal is to build on what’s already here, mentor these students and continue to build up research capacity in the School of Nursing,” she said.
Her own work is certainly a model for young researchers. Beginning as a master’s student, she was the first to provide empirical evidence of the connection between domestic violence during pregnancy and low infant birth weight. Her current research focuses on the effects of stress on children’s health.
She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Texas Women’s University¸ and her doctorate in public health from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She was the first nurse appointed to the faculty of the Christchurch School of Medicine. In 1997, she joined the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, becoming professor of nursing in 2003.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Missouri Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Public Health Association, the Nursing Research Consortium on Violence and Abuse, and the Nursing Network on Violence and Abuse International. From 2006 to 2010, she was a member of the Nursing Science Children and Family study section at the National Institutes of Health.
The Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professorship in Nursing Fund was created in 1999 with funding from the School of Nursing Alumni Association, the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation, members of the School of Nursing Advisory Board and friends of Ms. Lancaster. It honors the Nursing School’s former dean as well as alumni of the school.