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Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education

School of Nursing

Established in 1989 by the Independence Foundation of Philadelphia

WarnerTheodoreOn October 31, 1989, the INDEPENDENCE FOUNDATION of Philadelphia made substantial awards to nine of the nation’s top nursing schools, including Johns Hopkins, to create at each an Independence Chair in Nursing. The foundation, established in 1961, began to focus on the national nursing shortage in 1985. Robert A. Maes, president of the foundation at the time the nine endowments were announced, said that the interest from the grant should allow nursing programs to engage in long-term planning that would ensure the future of nursing education. “Unlike medical programs, nursing programs have not been richly endowed and, consequently, funds for planning have been scarce,” he observed. The policy of support for nursing continued under the leadership of the subsequent foundation president, Theodore K. Warner (pictured), who served from 1993 to 1996.

“This chair allows me to advance my program of research in preventing and responding to the negative health consequences of gender-based violence in the US and globally.” – Nancy E. Glass, PhD, MPH, MS, RN

Held by Nancy E. Glass

NANCY E. GLASS, PhD, MPH, MS, RN is professor and associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. Dr. Glass’ clinical and community-based research has improved the health of women and families nationally and globally. Her international initiatives, Pigs for Peace and Rabbits for Resilience, have helped families in the Democratic Republic of Congo improve their mental health, economic stability and social outcomes. Dr. Glass has received several awards for her research, including the Pathfinder Award from the National Institutes of Nursing Research, the 2017 International Achievement Award from the International Council of Nurses’ Florence Nightingale International Foundation, and was inducted in the Sigma International Researcher Hall of Fame in 2014. Dr. Glass is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Glass received her BSN and MS degrees at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and her MPH at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her PhD at the University of Maryland. Dr. Glass has held the Independence Foundation Chair since 2017.