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Evan C Thompson Professor: Barbra Mann Wall

October 11, 2011, Volume 58, No. 07

Provost Vincent Price and Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns announced the appointment of Barbra Mann Wall as the third Evan C Thompson Endowed Term Professor for Excellence in Teaching, effective September 1, 2011.  

Dr. Wall is currently associate professor of nursing and associate director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing in the School of Nursing. A leading historian of nursing, she is the author of American Catholic Hospitals: A Century of Changing Markets and Missions (Rutgers University Press, 2011) and Unlikely Entrepreneurs: Catholic Sisters and the Hospital Marketplace, 1865-1925 (Ohio State University Press, 2005), which received the 2006 Lavinia Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing. 

She is co-editor of two essay collections of nursing history; an author of dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews; book review editor of Nursing History Review; contributing editor to the American Journal of Nursing; and has extensive clinical experience as a registered nurse. Recently elected into the American Academy of Nursing, she has received two Lavinia Dock Awards and the Adelaide Nutting Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing from the American Association for the History of Nursing, as well as the Highbarger Dissertation Award from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Wall earned a PhD in history from the University of Notre Dame, an MS in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, and an BSN from the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the Penn faculty in 2006.

Evan C Thompson, W’64, endowed the Thompson Professorship in 2003 to recognize teaching excellence. The previous Evan C Thompson Professors were Daniel Lee, associate professor of electrical & systems engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Dennis DeTurck, now Fox Leadership Professor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of mathematics in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Almanac - October 11, 2011, Volume 58, No. 07