Margarete Zalon, Ph.D.
EXCELLENCE IN UNIVERSITY SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP
This award is designed to recognize the efforts of faculty who strive for excellence in service to the University, the profession and the community and who demonstrate academic leadership by effective mentoring of junior colleagues. The recipient of this year’s award is Dr. Margarete Zalon.
Dr. Zalon is a Professor in the Nursing Department and is the Director of the MS in Health Informatics Program. Since joining the faculty in 1988, Margarete has shared her leadership skills throughout multiple roles within the University and with various nursing organizations at the local, state, and national levels. As evidence of her contributions to her field, Margarete is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Academy Fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. Margarete currently serves as the president of the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania, engaging in fundraising efforts to provide scholarship opportunities for nursing students, and developing an alternative school with the Middle College program to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for nursing programs at the baccalaureate level.
In addition, Margarete served as president of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and as a member of its Board of Directors. Margarete was also a member of Board of Directors of the American Nursing Association for seven years, and served on numerous committees for the Association.
In her service to the University, Margarete has served as a member and chair of the Institutional Review Board, and as a peer mentor in the CTL First-Year Faculty Mentoring program. She has been an elected member of the Faculty Senate for many years, where she has served as secretary and is currently serving as the chairperson of the Academic Policy Committee.
In summary, as one nominator wrote: “Margarete exemplifies leadership at multiple levels. She willing shares her expertise with departmental colleagues, the larger University Community, and the nursing profession.”
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