Clemson faculty members Frances Kennedy and Joel Williams have been named GHS Faculty Fellows, where they will serve as leaders in collaborative health research between Clemson and GHS.

Clemson faculty members Frances Kennedy and Joel Williams have been named GHS Faculty Fellows, where they will serve as leaders in collaborative health research between Clemson and GHS.
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CLEMSON — Clemson University has engaged the next step in its transformative research partnership with Greenville Health System with the appointment of its inaugural GHS Faculty Fellows.

Clemson faculty members Frances Kennedy and Joel Williams have been named to the positions where they will serve as leaders in collaborative health research between Clemson and GHS, according to Windsor Sherrill, associate vice president for health research at Clemson and chief science officer at GHS.

Each Faculty Fellow will be strategically embedded in a GHS department, shifting their focus from their regular teaching duties to developing a comprehensive research agenda with their embedded GHS department.

“The Faculty Fellow will produce research to improve the health of the community with their clinical partners,” Sherrill said. “Their research will also contribute to the rapidly expanding joint Clemson University and GHS collaborative research agenda through publications and presentations.”

A professor and director of the School of Accountancy and Finance at Clemson, Kennedy joined the faculty in 2001 after a successful career in industry. She will collaborate with Greenville Health System’s health finance department to research, develop and evaluate health care costing models.

Williams is an associate professor in the public health sciences department, where he has been a faculty member since 2007. He will be embedded in Greenville Health System’s pediatrics department to collaborate with physicians to transform the management, assessment and treatment of chronic pediatric diseases.

“The dedication to research, innovation and partnership embodied in the two inaugural Faculty Fellows boldly leads the way in transformative health research,” Sherrill said. “The new GHS Faculty Fellows program is a step forward in our commitment to health services research and we appreciate these two stellar faculty who are providing leadership as our inaugural fellows.”

“Health services research is a priority for Clemson, and this program is one of several embedded scholarship initiatives with our strategic research partner, the Greenville Health System,” said Robert H. Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. Clemson and the Greenville Health System are providing financial support for the initiative.

Clemson University’s School of Health Research is a multidisciplinary unit designed to accelerate growth in health-related research and education. The school creates opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines to engage in applied research, professional learning, and immersion experiences to transform healthcare delivery and health outcomes.

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