Faces: Vicki Conn

Monday, September 25, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:59 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

After years of preparation, Vicki Conn is finally moving into the position for which she has been groomed.

As associate dean of MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing, Conn will take over as editor of the Western Journal of Nursing Research in January. Conn has been the journal’s associate editor since 2002.

The Western Journal of Nursing Research is the official journal of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, an organization that spans 13 states and serves 1,300 members.

When Conn becomes the editor, the journal’s headquarters will move to MU. Conn said she feels this step will validate the nursing school as a world-class institution and will increase awareness about the school.

“It moves us up visibility-wise in the nation,” she said.

Another advantage of the position, Conn said, is that she will be more able to assist MU faculty in publishing their research.

“Our faculty is already really, really good at that,” she said.

Since Conn will be making decisions about which manuscripts are ready for publication and which need revision, she said, she will be able to pass her expertise along to MU researchers, even if they do not plan on publishing in her magazine.

Conn said that her term as associate editor allowed her to gradually take on more responsibilities at the journal. This will allow the journal to transition between editors with relative ease, she said, since she will enter the position with a good deal of experience.

Conn said her responsibilities would include setting editorial policy and making final decisions about the journal’s content. She said she expects she will also create new departments at the journal.

In addition to the new position, Conn will continue as associate dean as well as in her research responsibilities.

“It’ll make my life more interesting and busier,” Conn said.

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