Dr. Judith Graziano has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science.
Graziano will start in that role on May 8, 2018. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Amy Gore made the announcement on Friday, April 27.
Dr. Graziano has served as the interim dean since July 2016. She has been with Metropolitan State University since 2006. Her primary teaching interests are undergraduate and graduate research methodology, nursing theory, graduate level evidence-based practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarship courses. She has served in a number of administrative roles at the university, including department chair, director of Nursing Programs, and acting associate dean, College of Health, Community and Professional Studies. She is experienced in program review and accreditation processes, and was the lead author of the School of Nursing’s most recent self-study and continuous improvement report. Prior to joining the faculty at Metropolitan State, Dr. Graziano held a number of nursing clinical, leadership and research positions focusing on cardiovascular nursing and diabetes.
Dr. Graziano earned a master of science degree with focus on Leadership and Management and a PhD in nursing from the University of Minnesota. She is the recipient of grants from Novo Nordisk and the Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role Modeling theory. She has published in the areas of quality of life and chronic disease management, and is lead author on a manuscript entitled “Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE): A Unique Multi-institutional Approach to Preparing Nurses for the Future,” which was recently published in the journal Nursing Education Perspectives.
The search committee included: College of Liberal Arts Dean Francis Schweigert, who also served as search chair, Mary Benson, Deb Dornfield, Brian Goodroad, Cindy Kaus, Laurie Landwehr and Carol Reid.