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Jean Davison receives the 2024 Dr. Julie Byerley Award for Faculty Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice

Congratulations to UNC School of Nursing Associate Professor Jean Davison, DNP, RN, FNP-C, on receiving the Dr. Julie Byerley Award for Faculty Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice. In honor of Dr. Julie Byerley’s legacy of fostering interprofessional education and practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this recognition emphasizes Davison’s outstanding contributions to advancing collaborative healthcare.

Established in 2022, the award celebrates educators who have significantly furthered interprofessional education and practice by creating deliberate opportunities for students to engage in collaborative learning, ultimately enhancing healthcare outcomes. Dr. Byerley’s profound influence in health professions education serves as the foundation for this recognition, as her leadership paved the way for the establishment of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice.

“This award is such an honor to me because interprofessional teamwork not only adds value to the patients and populations we together serve, but also brings joy, innovation, and productivity to our work.  Engaging with others on the care team allows for constant learning and improvement, with a spirit that is inspiring.” said Dr Julie Byerley.

Since joining UNC in 2006, Davison has been instrumental in bridging gaps between various healthcare disciplines, fostering a culture of collaboration. Reflecting on Davison’s remarkable journey, Senior Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN, OCN, FAAN, shares, “I have known Dr. Davison for over a decade as a student and colleague, and her passion for interprofessional education, practice, and service has been unwavering.”

Her commitment to this cause extends beyond the classroom, as evidenced by her leadership in global service-learning healthcare teams and her role as Medical Director of the UNC SON Mobile Health Clinic, which provides essential care to underserved populations.

Davison’s impact on interprofessional education and practice extends to grant-funded projects, such as the AHEC Clinical Expansion Grant, which focuses on mental health education and services at CORA, a local food pantry. Through her leadership, the UNC SON Mobile Health Clinic has expanded its reach to rural communities, providing invaluable experiential learning opportunities for students across allied health sciences.

Davison has trained over 600 nurses and allied health professionals in interprofessional education and practice. Her innovative approach has garnered national and international recognition, establishing UNC as a model for excellence in collaborative healthcare.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Davison’s IPEP contributions to the School of Nursing and university-wide; both faculty and students feel she is deserving of the 2024 Dr. Julie S. Byerley Award for Faculty Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice,” emphasized Associate Professor, Jennifer T. Alderman, PhD, RN, MSN, CNL, CNE, CHSE, NEA-BC.

Davison expressed her gratitude upon learning about the award. “I am very honored to be selected for this award.  Just like IPEP is a team effort, I have many to thank for the support that has been given to me from across campus, community partnerships and the motivated students.”

“IPEP is thrilled to recognize Dr. Davison for her contributions to collaborative practice. She is a true servant leader and North Carolina has greatly benefited from her passion for achieving health equity,” said Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL, FAAN, Associate Provost for Interprofessional Health Initiatives.

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Past recipients of the Dr. Julie S. Byerley Award for Faculty Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice:

2023: JoAn Stanek, DNP, RN, ANP, CHPN

2022: Kimberly Sanders, PharmD


Awards Received by the UNC Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice

2023 United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and IPEC’s Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award

2021 George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award

UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences in the UNC School of Medicine selected as the recipient for the 2021 Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) Award for Institutional Excellence and Innovation in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Health Care


The Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (OIPEP) supports a campus-wide initiative for the intentional integration of interprofessional learning and collaboration. The purpose of the Office is to design and support creative and meaningful ways to enhance student learning, build faculty scholarship and help departments meet accreditation goals.