Fairfield University nursing leader bound for school in British Columbia

Associate Professor Suzanne H. Campbell of the Fairfield University School of Nursing has been named director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

A Newtown resident, Campbell has held numerous leadership roles since joining the Fairfield faculty in 2000, including interim dean of the School of Nursing during the 2011-12 academic year.

The Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., senior vice president for academic affairs, said Campbell leaves an institution that is stronger and better because of her tenure.

“While I am sad to see her go, I am also very grateful to Dr. Campbell for the dozen years of great success as a teaching scholar, mentor and academic leader here at Fairfield,” Fitzgerald said. “A person of great integrity who embodies the best of the Jesuit pedagogical tradition, Dr. Campbell supported students and colleagues through myriad challenges with wisdom and care. On the university level, she was both supportive of, and helpful to, her fellow deans and to other senior leaders.”

Under Campbell’s watch, the Fairfield University School of Nursing had successful accreditation visits from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the extension of the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academy, the initial stages of planning for Fairfield’s interdisciplinary and integrative health sciences initiative, the graduation of the first five doctoral candidates in the history of the university, the receipt of grants and fellowships.

“Dr. Campbell was at the heart of all of them,” Fr. Fitzgerald said. Her achievements led to her being elected into the Nursing Academy of the National Academies of Practice in 2010. As a curriculum development leader, especially in the area of cutting-edge simulation learning, she taught women’s health issues, among other topics.

Before becoming interim dean, Campbell served as associate dean for academic programs and the project director for the School of Nursing Robin Kanarek ’96 Learning Resource Center, a simulated hospital environment on campus educating students in a risk-free, hands-on setting. Her other key roles included coordinating the Ireland study abroad nursing program, and being director of Research and Special Projects to the Board of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

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