Beverly A. Baldwin, Ph.D., R.N., of Crofton, Md., is a prominent scholar in gerontological/geriatric nursing and has been doubly honored at the University of Maryland at Baltimore -- appointed to the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair of Gerontological Nursing and named "eminent scholar" of the state of Maryland.

The chair is one of the few endowed chairs in nursing and in gerontology at any university in the United States.

The position was established to enable a renowned expert in gerontological nursing to conduct research, educate nurse-leaders on the graduate level and expose undergraduates to the specialty field of gerontology.

The Eminent Scholars Program, sponsored by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, supports public institutions of higher education in attracting and keeping outstanding faculty who have achieved national eminence in their disciplines.

"Dr. Baldwin is an innovative and enthusiastic teacher and scholar whose expertise in gerontological nursing is acknowledged by nurses and other health-care professionals," said Dr. Barbara R. Heller, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Before her appointment to the Gershowitz Chair, Baldwin was an associate professor of nursing and coordinator of the Gerontological/Geriatric Graduate Program in the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

She came to the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1980.

She has held faculty posts at the University of Colorado and the University of Kentucky.

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