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Tami Wyatt, assistant dean of graduate programs in the College of Nursing and co-director of the Health Information Technology and Simulation Lab, has been named the first Torchbearer Professor in Nursing. This is the first endowed position in the college to be funded by private donations.

Tami Wyatt“I am most humbly honored to receive the Torchbearer Professorship in Nursing and represent the College of Nursing,” said Wyatt. “I will do my best to carry on the Torchbearer tradition by serving as a scholar, teacher, and leader of the valued goals of the University of Tennessee and the College of Nursing.”

Wyatt—a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow—has received numerous federal and corporate grants for her work related to technology’s role in improving consumer and professional health education.

“Tami Wyatt has distinguished herself in the nursing profession on a regional, national, and international level,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “Her work in innovative educational technology has positively impacted students and faculty across the globe.”

Wyatt is a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing, a member of the Academy of Nursing Education, a Scholar of the Harvard Macy Institute, and a Scholar of the Mobile Health Training Institutes of the National Institutes of Health.

She also serves as a grant reviewer for the National League for Nursing as well as peer-reviewed journals in her area of expertise. She is an active member in several professional simulation and health care informatics organizations.

In July, the university announced that supporters have invested $30 million to create 17 new faculty awards. Since 2011, seventy-three such awards have been created to help ensure students are taught by the most renowned scholars in their field.

“We’re grateful to donors who recognize the significance of their gifts and their direct impact on our nursing students,” said Niederhauser. “The Torchbearer Professorship will enable us to continue to retain top-notch faculty and the best and brightest students.”


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