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Faculty Honors and Awards

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff recognition reflects the excellence and quality of the College of Nursing. The college is lucky to have such incredible, award-winning faculty and staff, and we are proud of each and every faculty and staff member that has been recognized by their piers for their outstanding contributions to both the health care profession and the University of Colorado.

​The Latest and Greatest

February 2015: Dean Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN​

Members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced its election results for its new Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, and Dean Thompson was elected to a two-year term on AACN's Nominating Committee. 

It is an honor to be a part of AACN, at the forefront of nursing education and patient care. Thompson will be an incredible addition to AACN's strong leadership and collaborative approach to improving health care.

Amy J. Barton, PhD, RN

Daniel and Janet Mordecai Endowed Chair in Rural Health Nursing Associate,
Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs 

Bonnie Gance-Cleveland, PhD, RNC, RNP, FAAN

Loretta C. Ford Endowed

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, PMHCNS, RN, ANEF

Endowed Chair in Jean Watson Caring Science

Michael Rice, PhD, FAAN​

Endowed Chair in Psychiatric Mental Health

Mary Weber, PhD​

Associate Professor,
Endowed Professorship in Psychiatric Mental Health​​​

American Academy of Nursing:


Faculty Fellows:


President’s Award for Teaching Excellence:

Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award:

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching:

Graduate School Mentoring Award

The College of Nursing is proud to have some of our incredible former faculty announced as Living Legends by the American Academy of Nursing.

Jean Watson, 201​​3

After spending nearly a half century elevating the concept of caring into the realm of hard science, former University of Colorado College of Nursing Dean Jean Watson was selected as a Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing for extraordinary contributions to her profession.​ Read More.

Loretta ​Ford, 1999

Loretta Ford, former College of Nursing educator, was honored as an American Academy of Nursing Living Legend in 1999 after co-founding the Nurse Practitioner program. She has since written close to 100 nursing publications on the program's history, giving nurses and nurse educators today insight into the process.

This year, Ford is being recognized for her contributions to the field of nursing with the 50th Anniversary of the Nurse Practitioner program.