Appointments announced in School of Nursing, radiology department
Two faculty appointments at the Health Science Center were announced at the beginning of the year. Dr. Barbara Covington has been named associate dean for information technology and curriculum resources in the School of Nursing, and Dr. Gerald D. "Chip" Dodd III is the new chair of the department of radiology.
As associate dean for information technology and curriculum resources, Dr. Covington will be responsible for pro-viding leadership and management relative to strategic planning, development and support of resources needed by students, faculty and staff to achieve the goals of the School of Nursing. Her faculty appointment is in the department of acute nursing care.
Dr. Covington said the office of technology and curriculum resources is new and will continue to change as technology and education develop.
"This is an exciting time for both nursing and health education in relation to information technology and curricu-lum resources," said Dr. Covington. "With the changing times, our students are coming to us with new skills, knowledge and needs. The new and cutting-edge information technology and curriculum resources will help us to meet their needs and reach our goals. I see the Health Science Center and the School of Nursing as true centers of excellence in providing quality information related to health care."
Dr. Janet Allan, dean of the School of Nursing, said she is delighted that Dr. Covington has joined the faculty.
"Dr. Covington will bring the needed expertise and leadership to this new position and will facilitate the implementation of a School of Nursing strategic plan for the use of technology in education and research," she said.
Dr. Covington has more than 26 years of experience in civilian and military health care, distance education, and health care informatics training, development and program design. Most recently she served as an instructor in the master of business administration and the master of health care administration programs at Webster University in Missouri.
Dr. Covington earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Florida in 1970, her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, and her doctorate in educational human resource development from Texas A&M University in 1996.
The other new appointee, Dr. Dodd, will oversee all financial, educational, clinical and research endeavors in the department of radiology.
Dr. Steven A. Wartman, executive vice president for academic and health affairs, said Dr. Dodd is the ideal person for the position. "The search committee, led by Dr. Carl Pauerstein [obstetrics and gynecology], brought outstanding candidates to this campus. I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Dodd."
Dr. Dodd has served as a professor in the department of radiology since 1994. He formerly was an associate professor in the department of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
He attended Texas A&M University and received his doctor of medicine degree from The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center in 1983. Three years later, he completed his residency in radiology at the University of Cincinnati Hospital, where he was a chief resident and then a fellow in abdominal imaging and angio-intervention.
Dr. Dodd said he is honored to be the new chairman of radiology.
"I am very fortunate to have an outstanding faculty within the department," said Dr. Dodd. "The department was superbly run by Dr. Stewart R. Reuter for the last 20 years, and I have a big challenge in attempting to fill his shoes."
Dr. Dodd said some of his primary goals are to facilitate the growth of his faculty, to expand the radiology clinical enterprise, to increase the integration of radiology into the Medical School curriculum, and to expand the research initiatives within the department and with other departments.