OKLAHOMA CITY – Lazelle Benefield, dean of the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to study at University College Cork in Ireland for a six-month award beginning in September. Benefield is one of two nurses selected in 2015 for this award.
Benefield has led the College of Nursing as dean since 2010. She also is professor, serving as the Parry Endowed Chair, adjunct professor in the College of Medicine, and founding director of the Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, which is dedicated to developing leaders, educators and researchers in the geriatric nursing field.
Her research, teaching and interprofessional efforts in the Fulbright Program will involve projects promoting well-being and improving quality of life for family caregivers and community-dwelling older adults with dementia, as well as building capacity for cross-university faculty and student exchange.
The Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries and provides highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. One of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, the Fulbright Program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.