Nan Smith-Blair, associate professor of nursing and director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in the College of Education and Health Professions. As director of honors studies in her college from 2002 to 2011, Smith-Blair nurtured the development of a robust program that currently includes 229 students, a 25 percent increase since 2010.
She co-developed Health Teams Abroad, an interdisciplinary study abroad program initially funded by the Honors College that enables students to see health care at work in the United States and Sweden. Smith-Blair also co-teaches an interdisciplinary lab that has engaged a number of honors students, including pre-med students from Fulbright College, in her grant-funded research designed to improve the lives of patients who suffer from emphysema.
During her tenure, Smith-Blair directed 20 honors theses and served on approximately 50 thesis committees.