The Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) has appointed Nicole Davis, associate professor in the School of Nursing, as its inaugural Faculty Fellow for the Advancement of Inclusive Excellence.
The purpose of the fellowship is to provide leadership opportunities for faculty members interested in advancing inclusive excellence work in the College.
As the first faculty fellow, Davis will lay the foundation for a successful fellowship program, build relationships with key stakeholders, and help create a framework for advancing goals related to diversity, equity and inclusion. She will work with Denise Anderson, CBSHS associate dean for undergraduate studies, faculty affairs and inclusive excellence, on these efforts.
“I feel tremendous excitement and humility to have received this appointment,” Davis said. “I hope that it will provide insight as CBSHS continues building an inclusive environment whereby administrators, faculty, staff and students are supported and given opportunities for growth and advancement and can feel comfortable being themselves,” she said.
Davis has been a member of the School of Nursing faculty since 2014. In addition to working as an associate professor, she coordinates the school’s graduate programs in nursing education, health systems leadership, and adult/gerontology nursing practice. She is also a board-certified adult and gerontological nurse practitioner, a National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Distinguished Educator, and a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Diversity Leadership Institute.
At Clemson, she is a faculty associate in the Institute for Engaged Aging, a faculty scholar for the School of Health Research, a core member and faculty associate in the Center for Research on Health Disparities, and a recent graduate of the President’s Leadership Institute. She also serves as a governor-appointed member of the S.C. Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center Advisory Council.
She is a graduate of New York University (B.S.N.), Duke University (M.S.N.) and Georgia State University (Ph.D.). Her research interests include health disparities, technology applications in health promotion, and supporting informal caregivers of older adults with chronic illnesses.
“This work builds upon the great foundation Dr. Anderson has laid in our efforts to advance inclusive excellence in CBSHS,” said Leslie Hossfeld, dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. “Dr. Davis brings vast experience through her commitment to work in health disparities and her resolve to build people and communities. These qualities, in addition to just completing the President’s Leadership Institute, make her the perfect person to serve in this inaugural role. I look forward to her leadership as we work to put inclusive excellence at the heart of all we do.”
About the College
Established in 2016, the Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences is a 21st-century, land-grant college that combines work in seven schools and departments – Communication; Nursing; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health Sciences; and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice – to further its mission in “building people and communities” in South Carolina and beyond.
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