Dr. Sarah Latham Named Acting Dean of the College of Nursing and Health
Dr. Sarah Latham
April 29, 2004 -- Dr. Sarah Latham will become acting dean of Jacksonville
State University's College of Nursing and Health Sciences on May 1, filling
in for Dr. Martha Lavender, who is on administrative leave for one year.
Dr. Latham will maintain her current status as graduate professor of
nursing, a position she has held since 2002.
Dr. Rebecca O. Turner, JSU's vice president for academic and student
affairs, said Dr. Latham was appointed to the position following a selection
process that involved receiving applications from and conducting interviews
with three internal candidates.
Said Dr. Turner, "Dr. Latham has a wealth of experience at JSU, a
student-centered focus, and the support of faculty and staff in the College
of Nursing and Health Sciences. I look forward to working closely with her
during the next year."
In response to her appointment, Dr. Latham said, "The College of Nursing and
Health Sciences is replete with extraordinarily gifted individuals who are
firmly committed to our mission. It will be a joy and honor to continue
working with them in providing the highest quality nursing education
Dr. Lavender is taking a leave of absence to work with EAI Corporation,
located at McClellan's Center for Domestic Preparedness, U.S. Department of
Homeland Security. She will help prepare first responders for mass casualty
events in the event of an attack by weapons of mass destruction. Her
position will be deputy program manager for resident training.
"I'm pleased to be able to assist in the development of nursing's role in
addressing public health needs of citizens if such events occur," said Dr.
Dr. Lavender called Dr. Latham a "master educator," who "has a wonderful
sense of humor that puts students at ease in the classroom and creates a
rich learning environment."
Dr. Latham has been at JSU since 1982, first serving as assistant professor,
then full professor in 1993. She served as coordinator of student services
from 1997 to 2003.
Dr. Latham studied nursing at the University of Alabama School of Nursing,
where she obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate in
nursing. She has also worked at Baptist Medical Center-Montclair in
Birmingham and University Hospital in Birmingham.
She has worked on numerous committees at the college and university levels.
She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Alabama State Nurses
Association, Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Latham was president of the research council of the Alabama State Nurses
Association in 1989-1990 and served as chairperson for the eligibility
committee for Sigma Theta Tau from 1998 to the present. She has served on
the board of directors of the Pastoral Counseling Center for Calhoun County,
an affiliate of Baptist Medical Center. She has also served on the board of
East Alabama Hospice and the educational program committee for the Alabama
League for Nursing. She has served as a representative to the Alabama Stroke
Task Force of the Alabama State Nurses Association.
Latham was a co-recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award given by JSU in
1999-2000 and was the recipient of the Lamplighter Award 1995 given by the
Alabama League for Nursing. She was the Alternate Outstanding Educator in
1999 of the Women Committee of Excellence program presented by the
Cottaquilla Council of Girl Scouts. She also has experience as a consultant
to Mountain View Hospital in Gadsden.
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