Carolyn L. Cason, PhD, RN, joined The University of Texas at Arlington in January, 1997 as Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing. She has over 35 years of teaching experience in schools of nursing and has taught in undergraduate and graduate programs. Throughout her career she has worked to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce. She is co-founder of the Smart HospitalTM, a physical virtual hospital, which serves as a teaching and research and development facility. She created the Genomics Translational Research Laboratory within the College of Nursing and. in collaboration with colleagues in the College of Engineering, developed Smart Care (a center dedicated to developing technology to enhance independent living). In November, 2011 she became Interim Vice President for Research at UT Arlington. In November 2012, she became Vice President for Research at UT Arlington.