Retired UMSON Professor Awarded Professor Emerita Status

June 10, 2021

Jane Lipscomb served at UMSON for two decades

Baltimore, Md. – Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed professor emerita by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS. Lipscomb served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) for 20 years, after a distinguished career in occupational health. She retired in June 2017.

Emeritus status may be awarded to a retired faculty member who has made significant and extraordinary contributions through excellent teaching, scholarship, or service; such designations must be approved by the President of the University.

Lipscomb’s early academic career was at the UCLA School of Nursing, as an assistant professor and director of occupational health nursing and subsequently as an assistant professor and director of the Occupational Health program at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. Immediately prior to joining UMSON in 1997, she served as a senior scientist for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for three years. Lipscomb joined UMSON as an associate professor and was appointed professor in 2004; beginning in 2009, she also held a secondary appointment as professor in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She served as the founding director of UMB’s Center for Community Based Engagement and Learning from 2013 until her retirement. 

“We congratulate Dr. Lipscomb on the honor of being named professor emerita. Throughout her career, she was known for her research and exceptional teaching and mentoring of students,” said Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. “Dr. Lipscomb’s international standing as a researcher and scientist was further affirmed when she was named a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of experts in occupational and environmental health committed to linking scientific discovery and social policy. We look forward to her continued engagement with the School of Nursing in her retirement.”

Lipscomb has been recognized nationally and internationally for her research on workplace violence and the prevention of occupational injuries and illness. She has served numerous organizations as a consultant on issues of environmental health and workplace violence, including the Veterans Health Administration, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

Lipscomb taught countless students in nursing and public health courses across the University and mentored many who have gone on to become the next generation of researchers, scholars, and teachers. She authored more than 80 articles and book chapters and served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on more than 20 research grants, with funding exceeding $12.6 million.


The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools in the nation and is ranked among the top nursing schools nationwide. Enrolling nearly 2,100 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.