News Release: People

Aug. 23,  2010

Sandra Dunbar Named Associate Dean at Emory School of Nursing

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Sandra Dunbar, DSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA, a nationally recognized nurse scientist and educator, has been chosen to serve as the associate dean for academic advancement at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1.

In this new position, Dunbar will enhance teaching, scholarship and service by creating an infrastructure to support the development of academic leaders within the School of Nursing.

“Dr. Dunbar has dedicated the last 20 years to promoting nursing scholarship, and she is ideally suited for the ambitious goals we have set to become a national leader in nursing education and research,” says Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. “As the associate dean for academic advancement, Dr. Dunbar will be a driving force for implementing the school’s strategic plan.”

Since joining Emory’s School of Nursing in 1988, Dunbar has been a pioneer in cardiovascular disease nursing research. She has devised new ways of educating and counseling heart patients and their relatives to achieve and maintain health through improved lifestyles and self-care skills. She is currently leading three National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies focused on reducing caregiver stress and enhancing the quality of life among heart failure patients with diabetes.

Dunbar was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing in 1990. Her most recent honors include the 2010 Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science; the 2010 Distinguished Researcher Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society; recognition as a Visionary Leader in Nursing as one of 60 alumni from the University of Alabama in Birmingham as they celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2010; an American Heart Association Best Abstract Award; the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Distinguished Research Award; the Emory School of Medicine’s One in One Hundred Mentor Award for postdoctoral mentorship; and the Georgia Nurse Researcher of the Year Award.

Dunbar earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida, and a doctoral degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


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