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Carol J. Boyd
Regents' Proceedings

Carol J. Boyd, Ph.D., Deborah J. Oakley Collegiate Professor of Nursing and professor of nursing in the School of Nursing; professor of women's studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; research professor, psychiatry in the Medical School; and research professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 2019.

Professor Boyd received her B.G.S. (1973) degree from the University of Michigan, her B.S.N. (1978) degree from Oakland University, and her M.S.N. (1982) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees from Wayne State University. She joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor in 1987, and was promoted to associate professor in 1994, and professor in 2000. She was named the Deborah J. Oakley Collegiate Professor of Nursing in 2008. She has also held a number o f administrative positions, including co-director o f the Rackham Summer Interdisciplinary Institute (1999-2001); director of the Substance Abuse Research Center (1995- 2004); and director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (2005-11).

Professor Boyd made considerable contributions to the teaching, research and service missions of the School of Nursing as well as many other units, including the departments of women's studies and psychiatry, and the Institute of Research on Women and Gender. Throughout her career, Professor Boyd was committed to education, spanning all levels of educational programs. She maintained an active role in the classroom, utilized innovative approaches to increase student participation, and mentored undergraduate and graduate students. Her international experiences include teaching, mentoring, and research in China, Ghana, Liberia, Poland, and Zambia. She was the first woman at the University of Michigan to be awarded the Golden Apple Award for Teaching in 1996. Professor Boyd was an internationally recognized scholar in the studies of gender, vulnerable populations, and risky health behavior. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1996, and more recently a fellow in the International Academy of Addiction Nursing since 2018.

The Regents now salute this distinguished nursing educator for her dedicated service by naming Carol J. Boyd, Deborah J. Oakley Collegiate Professor Emerita of Nursing, professor emerita of nursing, professor emerita of women's studies, research professor emerita, psychiatry, and research professor emerita, Institute for Research on Women and Gender.