Dr. Sarah Hope Kagan Appointed as the Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor


September 30, 2009

The Almanac

Dr. Sarah Hope Kagan, professor of gerontological nursing-clinician educator, has been appointed as the Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor. The Lucy Walker Term Chair was founded in 2009 to support the scholarship of honors students. The mission of the Honors Program is to provide opportunities for intellectual development, independent research and scholarship for those undergraduate nursing students who thrive on intellectual challenges and possess a thirst for acquiring and generating new knowledge. In her role as director of the Undergraduate Honors Program, Dr. Kagan regularly teaches two undergraduate honors courses, “Sweet Little Old Ladies and Sandwiched Daughters” and “Aging, Beauty, and Sexuality.” In addition to courses taught in the Honors Program, Dr. Kagan teaches students across the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in the School of Nursing as well as lectures and offers preceptorships in the School of Medicine. She is the director of the Penn-United Kingdom Study Abroad Programs in the School of Nursing. She also directs the advanced qualitative methods course in the PhD program. Dr. Kagan’s inspiring teaching has been recognized through the receipt of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (in 1998), the School of Nursing Teaching Award (in 2001), the Barbara Lowry Doctoral Student Organization Faculty Award (in 2004), and by her designation as a Master Teacher by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Dr. Kagan’s clinical appointment is as clinical nurse specialist in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she offers advanced nursing consultation to patients, their families, nurses, and physicians on matters of symptom management, psychosocial oncology, geriatric oncology, and interdisciplinary team work. Her second book—published by Penn Press in 2009—is entitled Cancer in the Lives of Older Americans: Blessings and Battles.

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