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Memoir

Cornelia P. Porter
Regents' Proceedings 159

Cornelia P. Porter, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing in the School of Nursing, retired from active faculty status on June 20, 2003.

Professor Porter received her B.S.N. degree from Russell Sage College in 1963, her M.N.Ed. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona in 1985. She specialized in oncology nursing at New York University from 1959-60, received certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Rochester in 1969, served as an assistant professor and pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale University and the Yale-New Haven Hospital from 1977-80, and was a graduate associate in research at the University of Arizona from 1980-85. Professor Porter joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor in 1986, was appointed assistant research scientist in 1992, and was promoted to associate professor in 1995. She was the first African American to serve as associate professor with tenure in the School of Nursing.

Professor Porter taught undergraduate and graduate courses on health promotion and risk reduction programs in which she challenged students to think about health disparities within the African American community from both clinical and research perspectives. She had a keen interest in the relationship between social knowledge and the mental health of ethnic/minority school children and how social knowledge is interpreted and acted upon.

After being inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1983, Professor Porter received an ethnic/minority clinical nursing fellowship. She served as an American Nurses Association ethnic/minority legislative intern in Washington, D.C., and received an Honor-A-Researcher award from the ethnic/minority health research section of the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Professor Porter was the principle author of the contemporary classic, "Nursing Research with African American and Hispanic People: Guidelines for Action" in Nursing Outlook, and her research has been cited in numerous publications.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Cornelia P. Porter associate professor emerita of nursing.