by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: April 16, 2019

Janet Robinson, PhD

Sylvania resident Janet Robinson, Ph.D., received the University of Detroit Mercy Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Health Professionals on April 12. Robinson was one of eight alumni to be honored at the Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards celebration. She was recognized by University of Detroit Mercy President, Dr. Antoine Garibaldi and Dean of the College of Health Professions, Neal Rosenberg.
Robinson received her B.S.N. Degree from Mercy College of Detroit, M.S.N. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. Now a Lourdes University Provost Emerita and Professor of Nursing Emerita, she has spent 25 years in higher education; 20 of which have been in administration. She served as Interim President of Lourdes University (2012-2013) following her role as Provost, (2011-2012) and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Nursing (2005-2011). She was a tenured Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate Programs at the Medical College of Ohio School of Nursing (2000-2005) and an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine. Prior to those roles, she taught at Mercy College of Detroit, University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, University of Tulsa College of Nursing and Hillcrest Medical Center School of Nursing. She also has been published in a number of nursing and academic related publications.
Robinson was a founding member and is a trustee of Compassion Health Toledo Clinic, which opened in 2017. She has also served on several boards including Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
In addition to the University of Detroit Mercy honor, Robinson received the Saint Francis Award from the Sylvania Sisters of St. Francis in 2018. She was also a YWCA Milestones Award recipient for Eduction in 2013, to name a few.
Robinson is also a Spiritual Director and helps facilitate retreats for individuals and groups along with being a job coach and a consultant.
Robinson has been married for nearly 50 years to her husband Gene, who earned three chemical engineering degrees from U of D. “We are both celebrating our 50th year since graduation and we like to say we merged long before Mercy College of Detroit and the University of Detroit did.” They have three sons and seven grandchildren.
However, Robinson’s history with U of D and Mercy goes back even further.
“Once upon a time, 90 years ago in fact, a young woman from a farm near Grand Rapids, Michigan met a World War I vet and fell in love. They married and made Detroit their home and very intentionally bought a house near the new Jesuit University so that any children they had could obtain a good education,” Robinson explained.
“Now, let’s fast forward fifty years. This couple had seven children who all went to St. Gregory’s grade school for eight years and then went on to U of D High, Immaculata and on to Marygrove College, Mercy College of Detroit and the University of Detroit. I was the sixth in that group. We were taught that life’s priorities were faith, family and education; I believe we all learned that well,” she added.
“I grew up very proud of my sibling’s accomplishments in engineering, architecture, business, education, journalism, social work and theology. My one sister became a catholic sister 65 years ago. She was a U of D student then and entered religious life in a building a few blocks away from there. I also have a brother, who has been a pastor most of his adult life and a champion for the poor in Detroit whose health care needs take them to Covenant Community Care,” Robinson reported.
“I was the only nurse in that group of seven and from my perspective today, I believe every family should have a nurse – life is complicated and health issues are universal. So, if you don’t have nurse in your family – go find one or better yet, be adopted by one. Life is good and a challenge – nurses can help us better navigate the journey,” she offered.