Following a nation-wide search, Niederhauser, the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at the University of Hawaii, will become the college’s fourth dean beginning Aug. 1.
“As the state’s flagship university, our nursing program plays a key role in the health care industry in Tennessee and our nation,” said Susan Martin, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “As we face the challenges of an ever-changing health care industry, Dr. Niederhauser will provide the kind of leadership we need to further evolve the college’s role as well as our service to the state.”
Niederhauser, a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, succeeds Joan Creasia, who is retiring after nearly 16 years as dean of the College of Nursing. Creasia is one of the longest serving deans in university history.
A Fairfield, Conn. native, Niederhauser began working at UH in 2000. She has held various leadership roles there including director of nurse practitioner programs, graduate chair and department chair.
Niederhauser’s scholarly activities focus on child and adolescent health promotion and disease prevention, with an emphasis on immunizations and childhood obesity.
Niederhauser published the book “Core Review for Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioners” in 2007 and has authored over 35 articles and book chapters on child health and educational issues. In the last seven years, she received nursing research and training grants of more than $3.4 million. She is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner and in 2006 received the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence.
Niederhauser also has worked as a nursing faculty member at George Washington University and George Mason University. She earned a doctorate in public health from UH. She has a master’s in nursing from Boston College, a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Massachusetts and a diploma from Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing.
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