Lark Ford joined the Nursing Faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the fall of 2006, following her retirement in the rank of Colonel with over 33 years military service in the United States Army Nurse Corps. Lark brings a wealth of leadership, organizational, educational, and clinical expertise to the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Her previous military assignments have included serving as the Hospital Commander at the U.S. Army Medical Activity Department and Weed Army Community Hospital at the National Training Center located at Fort Irwin, CA. She has served as a Chief, Department of Nursing at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington; Chief Nurse at the USA MEDDAC, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; and Chief Nurse for the U.S. Army Cadet Command, located at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Other assignments have included: Nurse Counselor, U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC); Section Chief for the Combat Medical Specialist Course; Director of the Critical Care Nursing Course at the Army Medical Department Center and School; served as the Nurse Management Fellow for the Chief, Army Nurse Corps at the Pentagon assisting in reviewing and establishing nursing and healthcare policy. Her last assignment in the military was as the Deputy Commander for Nursing at Brooke Army Medical Center and the Chief Nurse Executive for the Great Plains Regional Medical Command which comprised nine additional military hospitals from July 2002 until May 2006.
Larks educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She was affiliated with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing Program (WRAIN). She received her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing Administration with a clinical emphasis in Cardiovascular Nursing from the Marymount University located in Arlington, Virginia and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University located in Santa Barbara, California.
Since her arrival to the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Lark Ford has held many leadership positions including: Chair, Committee on Undergraduate Studies, and Chair, Faculty Assembly in the School of Nursing, and Chair, Committee-on- Committees for the UT Health Science Center and currently, President, Delta Alpha At-Large Chapter for Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. Previous leadership positions have included serving as Secretary and Chair-elect for the School of Nursing Faculty Assembly; Chair, Traditional Track Curriculum Work-group, Associate Member of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Alumni Advisory Board and member on the School of Nursing Search Committee and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Academic Committee Review Board.
Within the School of Nursing, Lark Ford facilitates learning for students in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She is the Course Coordinator in the Disease Management III, Clinical Application Course; Lead Teacher for students enrolled in the Transitions in Professional Nursing Course in the Alternate Entry Program, and Co-Instructor in the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) graduate program. Lark is also one of the hand-selected faculty to provide mentoring and instruction for eight nursing faculty from the Universidad Autonoma de Nueva Leon (UANL). Lark was recently selected to serve as one of the instructors/collaborators on the Hurd Grant project for planning the Caregiver Center for people with degenerative neurological disease.
At the university level, Lark is working with inter-professional colleagues on a research project entitled the RESPECT Project. The RESPECT Project (Realizing Enhanced Student inter-Professional Education through Clinical Teamwork) program is designed whereby medical, dental, dental hygienist and nursing students work in inter-professional teams while serving an under-served community