Rutgers University–Camden alumna Nancy Shuman is giving a $250,000 gift to establish the Nancy Seagrave Shuman Endowment for Childhood Studies.
Shuman graduated in 1968 from the Rutgers–Camden College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. She established the fund to ensure that various initiatives within Rutgers–Camden’s Department of Childhood Studies will receive ongoing support.
Shuman worked as a medical technologist in the blood bank at West Jersey Hospital. She and her husband, Clyde, later settled in Allentown, Pa., where he and a partner founded Precision Medical, a global leader in respiratory devices.
Shuman has been a generous benefactor to Rutgers–Camden over the years, previously contributing to the CCAS Dean’s Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Center for Children and Childhood Studies Gift Fund.
Rutgers–Camden’s Department of Childhood Studies focuses on putting the issues, concepts, and debates that surround the study of children and childhoods at the center of its research and teaching missions.
Rutgers–Camden launched the nation’s first Ph.D. program in childhood studies in 2007. The program provides an advanced theoretical and methodological study of children and childhood. It prepares scholars capable of innovative research in this interdisciplinary field, and policy leaders with new perspectives in child-related social practice.