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School of Nursing professor recognized by National League for Nursing

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Jasmine Hoffman

Judith Wold, PhD, RN, will be inducted into the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education Fellowship during a formal ceremony at the NLN's 2013 Education Summit in Washington, D.C., in September. Wold will join the academy's 144 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States. 

The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of nurse educators who have made sustained and significant contributions to the field. Fellows provide visionary leadership and support the vision of the NLN to promote standards of excellence that will increase the number of graduates from all types of nursing programs. Fellows serve as important role models and resources for new educators and for those who aspire to become nurse educators.

"I am extremely proud of Dr. Wold for this remarkable achievement," said Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. "Her innovative teaching over the last three decades has been transformative and has greatly impacted scores of Emory students."

As a newly named fellow, Wold will be lauded for her innovative teaching and learning strategies that have advanced nursing education and collaborative community partnerships. Wold is the Distinguished Professor for Educational Leadership at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. She is best known for leading the Farm Worker Family Health Program, where she and nearly 90 students provide health care services to migrant farm workers in Moultrie, Ga. Since 1994, the program has provided health care to more than 12,000 farm workers and their families. Wold, a graduate of Emory University, was instrumental in the growth of the program. Under her leadership, the interprofessional Farm Worker Family Health Program has expanded its services by including students and faculty from Emory University, Clayton State University, Darton College, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. These students provide an array of services such as primary care, dental hygiene, pharmacology, psychology and physical therapy in partnership with the local migrant farmworker clinic, state health district and county school board.

In 2012, Wold was recognized as the Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She is the first professor from Emory University to receive this award since this program began in 1983.

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