Two retired UOG professors awarded emeritus status
Retired faculty members Kathryn Wood and Lilnabeth Somera were awarded the status of emeritus professor by the University of Guam Board of Regents on Nov. 18.
After serving the University as a faculty member for 30 years, Wood was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Nursing. She served as division chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program from 2008 to 2010 and again from 2016 to 2020. During her time at UOG, Wood led the University’s nursing students to a 100% pass rate — surpassing the national average of 92% — in the NCLEX national exam for registered nurses for four consecutive cohorts.
Somera was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Communication after serving the University and its students for 20 years. She achieved the rank of full professor in 2016 and served as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences from 2007 to 2009. During her tenure, she initiated and spearheaded the development of the research capstone course for the Communication & Media Program, she led -- and continues to lead -- the community outreach core of the Cancer Research Center, and she distinguished herself as a productive scholar with dozens of publications and academic presentations.
The Board of Regents grants emeritus status to professors who are nominated, meet specific criteria, and pass a committee review process. Criteria include at least 15 years of service as a full-time faculty member or administrator, attainment of tenure at the associate professor or professor rank, and significant contributions to the University.