Faculty Spotlight: Anne Cockerham, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNE

At the heart of Frontier Nursing University is a talented and diverse community of, alumni, faculty, staff, Couriers and preceptors. Spotlight blogs feature members of our FNU community that are focused on the mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to deliver quality health care to underserved and rural populations.


Dr. Anne Cockerham is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Frontier Nursing University (FNU) Professor of History. She has served on the faculty at FNU since May 2009 and as Associate Dean since January 2014.

FNU is proud tthat Dr. Cockerham was named as the 2016 Randolph Award Recipient last week at the Agnes Dillon Randolph International Nursing History Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. The conference is in recognition of the diversity and quality of nursing history scholarship around the world.


Dr. Cockerham is the author of two award-winning books that celebrate the history of the Frontier Nursing Service: Rooted in the mountains, reaching to the world: Stories of nursing and midwifery at Kentucky’s Frontier School, 1939-1989, published in 2012, and Unbridled service: Growing up and giving back as a Frontier Nursing Service Courier, 1928-2010, published in 2014. Additionally, she is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters on historical and clinical gynecologic topics.


She is certified as both a nurse-midwife and a women’s health nurse practitioner. Her clinical midwifery experience includes full-scope care in a private, midwifery-owned practice and a military setting; outpatient-only care in a number of collaborative practices; and care of underserved women in a community free clinic. Dr. Cockerham’s primary teaching focus is gynecologic care. She is the recipient of several Students’ Choice teaching awards and she earned the Certified Nurse Educator credential from the National League for Nursing in 2014.


Dr. Cockerham earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia in 1990, a Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in 2001, a certificate in nurse-midwifery from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in 2001, a certificate as a women’s health nurse practitioner from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in 2003, and PhD in Nursing from the University of Virginia in 2008.


She lives in Virginia with her husband, Gray, and they are parents of two adult sons and a houseful of dogs and cats.


Read more about Dr. Cockerham here.

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