Celebrating Distinction – College of Nursing honors the achievements of our faculty

For the first time since 2019, UF Health recognized 33 newly endowed professors and chairs in the six health science colleges during the Oct. 13 ceremony, Celebrating Distinction. Hosted by David R. Nelson, MD, senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of UF Health, all six deans were able to present this distinguished honor to their colleagues. The UF College of Nursing was honored to have two chairs and one professor installed during the event:

Anna McDaniel

Dean Anna M. McDaniel, PhD, RN, FAAN | Linda Harman Aiken Chair
Anna M. McDaniel, dean of the UF College of Nursing, understands the impact research can have on the country’s health and wellness. Prior to coming to UF, Dr. McDaniel was associate dean for research at the Indiana University School of Nursing. Her research focuses on using technology for cancer prevention and control, specifically the treatment of nicotine dependence. Her creative approach to research has earned her consistent funding and international recognition. As the College of Nursing’s fifth dean, she has been successful in inspiring her faculty to be staunchly committed to nursing scholarship. She has substantially grown the college’s research portfolio. Under her leadership, the college has strengthened the collaboration with UF Health Shands’ division of nursing, expanded the baccalaureate program and streamlined the doctor of nursing practice curriculum.

Jane M. Carrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAMIA | Dorthy M. Smith Endowed Chair
Jane M. Carrington is an associate professor and the director of the Florida Blue Center for Health Care Quality. She has taught informatics courses at the master’s and PhD levels. Dr. Carrington has also taught evidence-based practice for DNP students. THe focus of Dr. Carrington’s research is nurse-to-nurse communication of a clinical event or change in patient condition using the electronic health record. Dr. Carrington uses techniques in qualitative research and natural language processing to analyze nurse-to-nurse communication and decision-making associated with a clinical event. Dr. Carrington has been a longtime active member of the American Medical Informatics Association and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is also a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and serves on the Information Technology Expert Panel. She has served on national committees for issues related to informatics, informatics education and standards.


Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN | Chamings Professor

Angela Starkweather is the inaugural Chaings Professor. Dr. Starkweather also assumed the role of assistant dean for research development when she arrived at UF in March 2022. Dr. Starkweather joined the College of Nursing from the Unversity of Connecticut, where she led the P20 Center for Accelerating Precision Pain Self-Management, expanded upon her extensive publication record and mentored countless nursing students. In her roles at the College of Nursing, she is responsible for accelerating the work of PhD students, postdoctoral trainees and early stage research faculty, as well as furthering her biobehavioral symptom science research. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, as well as a Master of Nursing degree in trauma/critical care and a PhD in biobehavioral nursing research from Loyola University in Chicago.