Cason Named Vice President for Research

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Carolyn Cason is committed to increasing UT Arlington’s cross-disciplinary approach to research and to ensuring that the University’s discoveries benefit society.

In her new role as vice president for research, Dr. Cason oversees UT Arlington’s growing research enterprise and leads divisions that manage technology development, intellectual property, and the University’s centers of research excellence.

A former associate dean in the College of Nursing, she had served as interim vice president for research since November 2011. She succeeds Ronald Elsenbaumer, who was named provost and vice president for academic affairs last fall.

With our focus on biomedical technologies, Dr. Cason is ideally suited to lead the charge toward expanding our research influence,” Dr. Elsenbaumer says. “She excels at building relationships and will further our efforts to organize faculty and student research teams to tackle the most pressing societal concerns.”

Cason holds a master’s degree in nursing from the UT System School of Nursing and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from UT Austin. She joined the UT Arlington College of Nursing in 1997 and is a co-founder and former administrator of the University’s Smart Hospital, the Smart Care program, and the Genomics Translational Research Laboratory.

Her recent research has focused on diversity in the health care workforce and simulation learning environments in nursing education.

Our goal,” she says, “remains to become recognized as a university of research excellence and to compete with other top national institutions for public and private support.”

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