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Press Release for Thursday, October 2, 2008

UNF Presents 2008 Distinguished Professor Award

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida recently presented Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health, the 2008 Distinguished Professor award during Fall Convocation in the Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall.

Chally, a Southside resident, is the 31st faculty member at UNF to hold the title of Distinguished Professor, which is an award given to a professor who demonstrates excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. This award is the highest honor to be conferred upon a UNF faculty member.

“I am delighted that Pam Chally was chosen by her colleagues as the 2008 Distinguished Professor. She embodies all the professorial qualities that we value in our faculty, and she has provided exceptional mentorship and leadership both in her capacity as a professor of nursing and as dean of the Brooks College of Health,” said Mark Workman, UNF provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

“It is all about teamwork and I am very appreciative of my Brooks College of Health team,” said Chally. “We have worked together to achieve our successes.”

Chally has been at UNF since 1993 serving as faculty member, associate dean and dean. As dean, she has worked as an academic administrator and nursing faculty member for 35 years and oversees the administration of the Departments of Athletic Training & Physical Therapy, Nutrition & Dietetics and Public Health, School of Nursing, Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy and Center for Aging Research. She has published approximately 35 articles and book chapters and has received eight teaching awards.

Chally is very active in University, professional and community service. She currently serves on the Brooks Health System Board, WJCT Board of Trustees, Jax Care Board of Directors, Haven Hospice Advisory Board as well as leadership roles in professional organizations.

This year she was named a 2008 Eve Award winner and in 2006, she was honored as a “Woman of Influence” by the Jacksonville Business Journal. She was a Health Care Hero Super Nurse finalist in 2004 and was named one of Northeast Florida’s Great 100 Nurses in 2000.

She received her Doctorate in Nursing from Georgia State University and her master’s degree in nursing from Emory University. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois.