By Sean Olson, University Relations

Richard CowlingCowling heads the nursing PhD program.

UNCG has named a leader for one of its newest doctoral programs.

Dr. Richard Cowling has been named professor and director of the Ph.D. program in the School of Nursing. The Ph.D. program was launched this fall with 12 students – two more than the target enrollment for the first year.

Cowling will oversee recruitment, recommend students for admission, monitor student progress in the program, advise, and evaluate the curriculum. He will also design periodic seminars, assist in placing doctoral students for independent research, mentor faculty and students, and participate in funding activities.

The new director comes to UNCG from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., where he served as associate professor of integrated systems in that university’s school of nursing. He also served as associate dean for graduate programs and as interim chair of the Department of Nursing Systems, Community and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at VCU. He holds a doctorate in nursing from New York University (1983), a master’s in psychiatric mental health nursing from VCU (1979) and a bachelor’s from the University of Virginia (1972). He was recently appointed editor of the “Journal of Holistic Nursing.”

For more information on the School of Nursing Ph.D. program, visit the school’s web site or call (336) 334-5010.