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College of Nursing

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Faculty & Staff

Faculty Governance

Governance Structure of the College of Nursing

The College of Nursing's governance is vested in the Faculty and Professional Staff Assembly. This body, which meets a minimum of four times during each academic year, elects the Presiding Officer, the Presiding Officer-elect and the members of the College's Standing Committees, all of whom have a two year term of office.

Each of the Standing Committees of the College of Nursing elects its own committee chairperson at the first committee meeting of each academic year. Committee Chairpersons serve a one year term of office and may be re-elected by the members. There are no term limits to the office of committee chairperson. Provision is made for student representation on the Admissions and Recruitment Committee, Curriculum Committee, Educational Policies Committee, Technology Committee and Faculty and Professional Staff Assembly.

Faculty And Professional Staff By-Laws (PDF) »


The officers and committee chairpersons of the College's standing committees for academic year 2016-2017 are as follows:

Presiding Officer: Patricia Di Fusco, MS, NP-C, FNP-BC

Chairs/Co-Chairs of the College's Standing Committees:

Admissions and Recruitment Committee: Beth Steinfeld, DNP, WHNP-BC
Committee on Academic and Professional Qualifications: Nellie Bailey, EdD, PHCNS-BC
Committee of the Faculty and Professional Staff: Patricia Di Fusco, MS, NP-C, FNP-BC
Curriculum Committee: Joseph Jennas, MS, CRNA
Educational Policies Committee: Veronica Arikian, PhD, RN
Nominations, Elections and By-Laws Committee: Veronica Arikian, PhD, RN
Program Evaluation and Faculty Development Committee: Shirley Girouard, PhD, RN, FAAN
Representatives to the Center-wide of the Faculty and Professional Staff: Patricia Di Fusco, MS, NP-C, FNP-BC
Technology Committee: Yvonne Nathan, EdD, RN