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Ellen A. Kulp Woodman
Regents' Proceedings

Ellen A. Woodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing and director, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, in the School of Health Professions and Studies at University of Michigan-Flint, will retire from active faculty status on August 31, 2002.

Professor Woodman received her B.S. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1959 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1966 and 1994, respectively. She joined the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor faculty as an instructor in 1969 and was promoted to assistant professor later that year.

From 1976-78 she taught in the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor School of Nursing and the R.N./B.S.N. Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Flint. She was appointed as acting director of the R.N./B.S.N. program in 1978 and director in 1979. Professor Woodman was a leader with the unique ability to envision the future direction of nursing education. Her vision brought new programs and innovative teaching methods to the University’s nursing programs. Professor Woodman was instrumental in establishing the R.N./B.SN. Studies Program as a Flint campus entity, and she helped merge the program with the Hurley School of Nursing to create the University of Michigan-Flint/ Hurley Medical Center’s four-year B.S.N. program. She also spearheaded the M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner degree program and led the University of Michigan-Flint and the field of nursing into the world of online education. Professor Woodman’s research concentrated on developing and testing a causal model of factors affecting the professional identities and higher degree transfer intentions of students enrolled in associate degree nursing programs at 16 Michigan community colleges.

The Ellen A. Woodman Transformational Leadership Award was established in Professor Woodman’s honor in 2001.

The Regents now salute this distinguished nursing leader for her dedicated service by naming Ellen A. Woodman assistant professor emerita of nursing.