New Nursing Dean Named

Posted on April 18, 2012

President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty has named Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow as dean of the School of Nursing, effective Aug. 6. She will succeed Nursing Dean Dr. Eileen Zungolo, who is retiring after serving in her role for 10 years.

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow

“We are pleased to have someone of Dr. Glasgow’s caliber as our new dean of nursing and are confident that she will succeed in taking the School of Nursing to the next level of excellence,” said Dougherty.

Glasgow is professor and associate dean for nursing and undergraduate health professions and continuing nursing education at Drexel University. There, she is responsible for curricular and faculty development, institutional and accrediting body quality assessment, and fiscal planning. In addition, Glasgow developed Drexel’s BSN Co-op Nursing, BSN Accelerated Career Entry and RN-BSN Online as well as the Health Sciences Pathways to Health Professions programs.

Under Glasgow’s leadership at Drexel, nursing and undergraduate health professions programs have seen significantly increased enrollment; the use of instructional and mobile technology has expanded; and initiatives such as the Standardized Patient Laboratory Experience, a new nursing faculty orientation and faculty development series, and an undergraduate interdisciplinary health study abroad program have been developed and implemented.

Glasgow’s research interests focus on bone marrow donation in minorities and leadership development in nursing education and practice. She is a certified clinical specialist in adult health nursing and, in 2009, was selected as a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. Glasgow has taught courses in acute care nursing, implications of chronic illness, and global health and policy issues, among others. She has written two textbooks, one a 2011 AJN Book of the Year, and her work has appeared in Advance for Nursing, the Journal of Professional Nursing and The International Journal of Nursing Studies. Glasgow served as the associate editor from 2008-2012 for Oncology Nursing Forum, for which she is an editorial board member.

An award-winning educator, Glasgow received the 2010 College of Nursing Alumni Medallion for Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Education from Villanova University and has been honored by Hahnemann University Hospital with the Excellence in Clinical Practice Award. In addition to chairing and serving on numerous academic and administrative committees at Drexel University, she is a trustee of the Princeton HealthCare System and is a board member of the Hahnemann University Hospital Nurse Executive Council.

Glasgow has a Ph.D. in nursing from Duquesne, a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Villanova and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College.

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