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Central’s reputation for having an excellent nursing program is due to quality faculty who care about the education their students receive. For many years, Martha Sherman contributed to such efforts as a faculty member in the university’s Department of Nursing.
The professor emeriti of nursing spent 22 years on campus before retiring. Mr. Sherman came to the university in 1977 and because of her vast experience in professional nursing, she was able to relate to her students the “real-world” challenges of their field. Such experiences ranged from chairing the Pediatric Nursing Department at Georgia Baptist Hospital to serving as a staff nurse in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin General Hospital.
Having strong leadership abilities, she was named interim chair of the Department of Nursing in 1991, while a nationwide search was conducted to fill the position. She served there until returning to full-time teaching during the 1993-1994 academic year. During her tenure, she helped her department prepare for accreditation visits by the North Central Association, Missouri State Board of nursing and National League for Nursing.
She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin, master’s degree at the University of South Florida and master’s degree in nursing from Central.