Janice Morse RN, PhD, FAAN

Curriculum Vitae

  • The Ida May "Dotty" Barnes, RN, & D. Keith Barnes, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair , College Of Nursing
  • Professor, College Of Nursing
  • WOC for Research, George E. Whalen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center



  • PhD, Nursing (Transcultural), University of Utah
  • PhD, Anthropology (Physical), University of Utah
  • MA, Anthropology (Physical), University of Utah
  • MS, Nursing (Transcultural), The Pennsylvania State University

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Scholarship and Research Award. University of Utah . College of Nursing, 08/2013
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, for the fostering of qualitative methodology. Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research, 06/24/2011
  • Lifetime Achievement in Qualitative Inquiry. International Center for Qualitative 2011 Inquiry, 05/2011
  • Inaugural Inductee. Sigma Theta Tau International's Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Founding Distinguished Scholar, International Institute of Qualitative Methods. University of Alberta, 2009
  • Honorary Professor. University of Bournemouth, 01/01/2009
  • Honorary Life Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Capitulo Upsilon Nu Chapter. Sigma Theta Tau, Universidad Nacional de Columbia, 10/05/2008
  • Doctor of Science. Athabasca University, Canada, 06/2008
  • Doctor of Nursing Honoris Causa. University of Newcastle, Australia, 06/1999
  • Episteme Laureate. Sigma Theta Tau International, 06/1997


Janice M. Morse, PhD (Nurs), PhD (Anthro), FAAN, is a professor and presidential endowed chair at the University of Utah College of Nursing, and professor emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada.  She has also held positions as professor at the University of Alberta, Canada, and The Pennsylvania State University.  From 1997-2007 she was the founding director and scientific director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, founding editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and editor for the Qual Press monograph series.  She presently serves as the founding editor of Qualitative Health Research (now in Volume 21), is the editor for the monograph series Developing Qualitative Inquiry, and The Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry (Left Coast Press).  Her research programs are in the areas of suffering and comforting, preventing patient falls (she is the author of the Morse Fall Scale, used internationally to triage the fall-prone patient), and developing qualitative methods.  Morse was an inaugural inductee into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, was the 5th recipient of the Episteme Award (Sigma Theta Tau), and has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and Athabasca University (Canada).  She is the author of 460 articles and book chapters and 21 books on qualitative research methods, suffering, comforting, and patient falls.


  • University of Bournemouth , Honorary Professor, 06/01/2009 - present
  • University of Utah Department of Anthropology , Adjunct Professor, 01/01/2008 - present
  • Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta , Professor Emeritus, 01/01/2007 - present
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Rho , Member, 1978-1991, 2007 - present
  • American Nurses Association (ANA), Member, 01/2007 - present
  • Utah Nurses Association (UNA), Member, 01/2007 - present
  • Canadian Academy of Health Sciences , Member, 2005 - present
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science , Member, 2000 - present
  • Alberta Association of Registered Nurses , Member, 1981-1992, 01/1996 - 01/2007
  • Canadian Nurses Association , Member, 1981-1992, 01/1996 - 01/2007
  • American Academy of Nursing , Fellow, 1993 - present
  • Department of Nursing Studies, Massey University, New Zealand , Honorary Research Associate, 06/01/1990 - 01/2005
  • Society for Medical Anthropology & SFAA , Member, 1983 - present
  • American Anthropological Association , Member, 1980 - present
  • Council of Nursing and Anthropology , Member, 1979 - present


  • English, fluent.

Career Highlights

Initiated International Institute for Qualitative Methodology.  Served as director and scientific director from 1997 to 2007.  Linked to 9 international sites and 115 universities internationally.

Founding editor and executive editor of Qualitative Health Research (now in Volume 21).