The 2018 Jean Kelley Lecturer was Dr. Elaine Larson and the title of her lecture was "One Nurse’s Journey: Bridges to the Future with Interdisciplinary Teams".  Click here for photos from the event


Elaine L. Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC, Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research and Senior Associate Dean for Scholarship and Research at the Columbia University School of Nursing, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Larson is a pioneer in infection prevention, antimicrobial resistance and hand hygiene. Her scholarly contributions to nursing and health care stress the importance of infection prevention and hand hygiene for all health-care professionals. Specifically, her research examines the relationship between home hygiene and transmission of infectious diseases, the development of antimicrobial resistance, health-care associated infections, prevention and control of infectious diseases with emphasis on skin antisepsis, and health-care associated infections. Larson has been editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1994, and has published more than 200 journal articles, four books, and a number of book chapters on infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research, She also has served as a consultant in infection control and nursing in international settings, including Kuwait, Jordan, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Ghana, Peru, Brazil and Spain.

About the Jean Kelley Endowed Lecture

Jean KelleyThe Dr. Jean A. Kelley Endowed Lectureship was established in 1989 to honor the retiring Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Dr. Jean Kelley left an enduring legacy: pioneering the first doctoral program in the Southeast, carrying the School’s master’s program to outlying communities, and educating nurses to aspire to the highest levels of achievement.

The concept of a visiting lectureship began with Dr. Kelley’s vision of providing the doctoral students and faculty the unique experience of having both a formal and informal academic exchange with a different renowned scholar each year. Dr. Kelley’s teaching methods are just as significant today as they were so many years ago.

The Dr. Jean A. Kelley Endowed Lectureship was an appropriate tribute for a woman whose exceptional leadership and management skills helped shape and build the UAB School of Nursing’s graduate and doctoral programs. The Lectureship symbolizes Dr. Kelley’s legacy of mentoring students, graduates, and colleagues; perpetuates her high standards of education; and sustains her belief that established scholars should guide and encourage the scholars of the future.

Past Jean Kelley Lecturers