2023 Named Endowments

The Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) is happy to announce the following faculty are being recognized from named endowments. These named endowments are prestigious to the faculty and allow them either a salary enhancement or support for their work. Congratulations.

Nancy Birtley

Nancy Birtley is the recipient of the Rosemary T. Porter Faculty Scholar.  Dr. Birtley is an associate teaching professor and the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) area coordinator in the Sinclair School of Nursing and teaches the PMHNP graduate courses.  She owns a practice in St. Louis, MO in which she provides psychiatric consultation services to residents of approximately 20 long-term care communities.  In this practice, she has precepted graduate APRN nursing students for more than 2,500 hours.  Dr. Birtley’s mission in her practice and academic position is to reduce the use of inappropriate psychotropic medications, especially antipsychotics, in the treatment of elderly persons with dementia.  Dr. Birtley received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2015 from the SSON, and for her DNP project, she developed and implemented an evidence-based practice (EBP) protocol for safer and more effective psychotropic medications to use prior to antipsychotics, and she published this work.  She educates all of her students and nursing home staff/providers/leaders on inappropriate psychotropic use and EBP protocol.  She has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences and has authored/coauthored journal articles to disseminate this important message.  

Originally named the Nursing Shareholder Faculty Scholar Endowment Fund and established in 2007, this fund was renamed the Rosemary T. Porter Faculty Scholar in 2012 by friends, faculty, and alumni of the MU School of Nursing to honor Dr. Porter’s years of service to the SSON.  The recipient of this faculty scholar position must be active in scholarly teaching and learning, must be a positive citizen, and must participate in governance.  

Jennifer Hulett

Jennifer Hulett is the recipient of the Doolin Nursing Research Fellowship.  Dr. Hulett is in her fourth year as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON).  She is a native of northwest Missouri and a triple graduate of the SSON – BSN’95, MS(N)’99, and PhD’15.  She did postdoctoral training at the University of Utah College of Nursing.  Dr. Hulett’s program of research examines the role of mindfulness and meditative practices in improving health and well-being in breast cancer survivors.

The Doolin Nursing Research Fellowship was established in 2005 by Sandra Mellinger.  Ms. Mellinger is a 1965 graduate of the SSON.  She has served on the school’s campaign board and is a former adjunct faculty member.  She established this fund to encourage nursing research by those faculty members in the process of reaching senior status.

Olumayowa (Nike) Odemuyiwa 

Olumayowa (Nike) Odemuyiwa is the recipient of the Alberty Richardson Faculty Fellowship in Medical/Surgical Nursing.  Dr. Odemuyiwa is a trained analytical chemist, but when she migrated to North America, she wanted a job that would allow her to have a direct impact on people – so she became a registered nurse.  She has worked in both Canada and the United States for the past 18 years.  For the last 6 years, the SSON has allowed her to pay her gratitude to the profession forward by facilitating the learning of the next generation of nurses.  As an assistant teaching professor, she instructs students in the care of adults in the Medical-Surgical section of the undergraduate nursing program at the SSON.  Whether in the classroom or at the bedside, Dr. Odemuyiwa’s goal is to ensure her students emerge on the other side of their education as nurses who are critical thinkers, competent, committed, and empathetic health care professionals, excellent team players, and lifelong learners.  Dr. Odemuyiwa’s area of research focuses on how individual’s source, access, and use information on health issues, and how health care professionals communicate medical information to their patients and colleagues.

The Alberty Richardson Faculty Fellowship in Medical/Surgical Nursing was established by Steve and Sally Richardson in 2004.  In structuring this endowment to benefit a faculty who teaches in Sally Richardson’s area of medical/surgical nursing, it is their hope they will contribute to the excellence in education while ensuring that there will be sufficient faculty to enable the school to continue to grow and educate future generations of much-needed nurses.

Amy Vogelsmeier

Amy Vogelsmeier is the recipient of the Helen E. Nahn Chair.  Dr. Vogelsmeier is an associate professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  She received her PhD in leadership and health-systems in 2008 and her master’s degree in adult and gerontological nursing in 1997, both from the University of Missouri, and her undergraduate nursing degree in 1989 from the University of Central Missouri.  Dr. Vogelsmeier is a health services researcher with a focus on improving care for older adults residing in long-term care settings.  She has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on multiple highly funded innovative projects at the University of Missouri, has over 70 publications in print, and is recognized nationally for her work in nursing home systems and patient safety. 

The Helen E. Nahm fund was established by her sister to honor Helen.  Ms. Nahm was dean at the School of Nursing from 1941-1942.  She left in 1942 to pursue her PhD, which she completed in 1946.  The gift was made in recognition of Helen’s achievements in nursing and her service to the University of Missouri.  This fund was established in 1996 for distinguished faculty to teach or do research in the field of nursing.

Sue Yun Fowler

Sue Yun Fowler is the recipient of the Roxanne W. McDaniel Faculty Fellowship.  After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in Journalism, Sue served in various student and academic affairs roles at MU working with and educating undergraduate students.  After careful consideration, Sue made a pivotal career shift and earned her BSN in 2011 from the Sinclair School of Nursing’s (SSON) accelerated program.  Her early nursing career was spent working with the older adult population as a staff nurse and care coordinator at TigerPlace.  After teaching LPN students, Sue returned “home” to Mizzou and the SSON where she has been able to combine all her passions and experiences to serve as a nursing instructor for accelerated and traditional BSN students.  Sue is a course co-coordinator for Fundamentals of Nursing and Gerontological Nursing and serves as a faculty co-facilitator for one of the Nursing FIGs (Freshman Interest Groups) every fall semester.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities and committee work, Sue serves as the Nursing Alumni Organization president and on the leadership board of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Sigma International.  She also serves as the education leader for TigerPlace and on the Aging in Place (AIP) board.  Sue feels exceptionally fortunate and filled with gratitude to be able to indulge her passions by bringing together older adults with promising future Mizzou Nurses.

Roxanne McDaniel was a faculty member in the School of Nursing from 1989 to 2015 and was the associate dean for academic affairs for many years.  Dr. McDaniel had a passion for the undergraduate program and wanted her fellowship to benefit a non-tenure track faculty member teaching in the BSN program.

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