UT Knoxville Selects Rose for Endowed Professorship in Gerontology

The University of Tennessee Knoxville has selected Karen Rose, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN to hold the McMahan-McKinley Endowed Professorship in Gerontology in the College of Nursing. Dr. Rose brings significant expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and family caregiving as well as considerable scholarship as an academician.


She currently serves as Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the PhD program at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. During her 13-year career at the university, she has held several leadership roles, including Director of the Baccalaureate Program, 2011-2014; Assistant Dean for Innovation, 2013-2014; and Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation, 2014-2015.


Dr. Rose also has taught at the Oklahoma University for Health Sciences College of Nursing and James Madison University. Prior to beginning her career in higher education, she held roles in healthcare organizations and associations in Virginia, including Regional Director of the Central and Western Virginia Alzheimer’s Association and Course Moderator for the Virginia Geriatric Education Center.


Along with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Shenandoah University, she holds a Master of Science degree in medical/surgical nursing from the Virginia Commonwealth University and Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Virginia.  She completed a Claire M. Fagin post-doctoral fellowship focused on sleep in persons with dementia through the John A. Hartford Foundation. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America in 2014.