Dr. Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow joined the School of Nursing as Dean and Professor in August 2012. Dr. Glasgow previously served as Associate Dean for Nursing, Undergraduate Health Professions and Continuing Education and Chair of Undergraduate Programs at Drexel University. She completed a fellowship at Bryn Mawr College and HERS, Mid-America Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Glasgow was a Trustee of Princeton HealthCare System and was selected as a 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.
As dean, under her leadership, School of Nursing enrollment and NCLEX-RN scores increased, and research and scholarship have significantly expanded. The School is recognized as a national leader in nursing education, emphasizing social justice, digital technologies and graduates with strong ethical reasoning skills. She also led the development of the first dual undergraduate Biomedical Engineering and Nursing Program in the country and a PhD in Nursing Ethics.
Dr. Glasgow is an innovator in nursing and health professions both nationally and internationally. At Drexel, she created a BSN Co-op Program, BSN Accelerated Career Entry Program, Pathway to Health Professions Program and other forward-thinking educational programs. She also advanced online pedagogy, developing one of the largest online nursing programs in the country. She previously served as Associate Editor for Oncology Nursing Forum, responsible for the Leadership and Professional Development Feature.
She is the co-author of four books, two of which have won the American Journal of Nursing Book-of-the-Year Award. Dr. Glasgow has authored over 100 articles and book chapters and has presented nationally and internationally. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, National Academies of Practice and as a NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellow. She has been honored with the Villanova University College of Nursing Alumni Medallion for Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Education and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Gwynedd-Mercy University. Recently, she served on the Health Service Executive and National Nursing and Midwifery Quality-Care Metrics Project Team to develop quality metrics for the country of Ireland. She previously served on the Quality and Safety Board and presently serves on the Board of Directors for UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital. Dr. Glasgow is also the Chair of the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing National Advisory Committee.
Dr. Glasgow brings years of experience in nursing education and practice that includes teaching nursing on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Glasgow also brings a passion and enthusiasm for nursing, enabling her to positively impact the nursing education and health care environment of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.
Dr. Glasgow assumed the leadership position of Vice Provost for Research, effective July 1, 2021. As vice provost for research, Dr. Glasgow provides strategic leadership, expertise and operational direction for all research activities at the University as they pertain to research needs, proposal development, implementation, infrastructure and growth.
- Ph.D., School of Nursing, Duquesne University, 2002
- M.S.N., School of Nursing, Villanova University, 1987
- B.S.N., School of Nursing, Gwynedd-Mercy College, 1983
- Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Adult Health, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), 1991 - 2026
- Nursing education innovation
- Inter-professional simulation
- Bone marrow donation
- Quality and safety
Co-Investigator: "Do Health Professions Students and Practitioners Exhibit Racial Bias with a Virtual Patient?"Independence Blue Cross Medical Education Simulation Center Grant. PI: Lind, D.S., Ryan, K., and Smith Glasgow, M.E. Grant Award: $ 49,997.00. Funding Period 2012-2013.
Principal Investigator: "Nurses for Tomorrow Graduate Scholarship." Independence Blue Cross Foundation, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., Grant Award: $ $226,354, Funding Period: 2011-August 2012.
Principal Investigator: "Nurse Scholars Grant", Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation. PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., Grant Award: $306,603, Funding Period: 2010-August 2011.
Principal Investigator: "BSN Accelerated Career Entry Students: A Rapidly Growing Population of Future Diverse Nurse Leaders." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., and Co-I Schwartz, J., Grant Award: $105,000. Funding Period: 2010-2011.
Principal Investigator: "Nursing Education Grant." Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., Grant Award: $28,634, Funding Period: 2010-August 2011.
Principal Investigator: "Focusing on Retention of Pre-Licensure Nursing Students." Nursing Education Grant, Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., Grant Award: $185, 311 Funding Period: 2010-2011.
Principal Investigator: "Nurse Scholars Grant." Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., Grant Award: $302,884 Funding Period: 2009-2010.
Principal Investigator: "Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program Leadership Project." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., Grant Award: $35,000 Funding Period: 2009-2012.
Principal Investigator: "Nursing Education Grant." Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., Grant Award: $25,327, Funding Period: 2009-August 2010.
Principal Investigator: "Fast Track to Nursing Leadership: A Development Program for Accelerated BSN Students." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., and Co-I: Dunphy Suplee, P., Grant Award: $100,000 Funding Period: 2008-2009.
Principal Investigator: "IBC Supplemental Grant Nurse Education Grant Program." Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., Grant Award: $150,000, Funding Period: 2006-2009.
Principal Investigator: "Increasing Nurse Capacity through Accelerated Programs." Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation and Independence Blue Cross Nursing Education Grant, PI: Smith Glasgow, M.E., Grant Award: $130,500, Funding Period: 2004-2005.
Co-Investigator: "Life Science Career Alliance Workforce Development Grant." The Health Care Improvement Foundation, PI: Smith, M.E., and Co-I: Dreher, H. M, Grant Award: $189,000, Funding Period: 2003-2004.
Co-Investigator: "CDC's DES Update: Implementation Activity." The National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health, PI: Nunez, A., Co-I: Smith, M.E., and Blunt, E., Grant Award : $98,000, Funding Period: 2003-2005.
Principal Investigator: "Bone Marrow Donation: Factors Influencing Intentions in African Americans." Oncology Nursing Foundation/Genentech Inc., PI: Smith, M.E., Grant Award $9,225. Funding Period: 2001-2003.
Principal Investigator: "William E. and Theresa M. Rubert Memorial Symposium Grant, Nursing in the New Millennium: Career Issues, Opportunities, and Predictions." William E. and Theresa M. Rubert Memorial Trust, PI: Smith, M.E., Grant Award : $20,450. Funding Period: 1999-2000.
Principal Investigator: "Biotherapeutics and Nursing Care: Mainstream & Complimentary Therapies: A Multi-Media Course." National Institute of Standards and Technology Grant. PI: Smith, M.E., Co-I: Dreher, H. M, and Blunt, E., Grant Award: $38,646, Funding Period: 1998-1999.
Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications:
Bloch, J. R., & Smith Glasgow, M.E. (2023). Where are the Nurse Scientists? Academic Nursing Research at Critical Crossroads. Nursing Outlook,71,(2),894-906. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2022.10.007
Neft, M.W., Sekula, L.K., Zoucha, R, Smith Glasgow, M.E., Van Pelt, M., Mitchell, M. (2023). The Lived Experience of Second Victim CRNAs. AANA Journal, 91(2),S73-S80 .
O’Connor, L., McAuliffe, E., Casey, M. Rogers, L., Gallen, A., Finnegan, L., Smith Glasgow, M.E., White, M., White, C. (2022). Operationalising a modified Delphi study to progress quality care process nursing metrics for acute care, Journal of Research in Nursing, 27(7) 655–676. DOI: 10.1177/17449871211021138
Smith, Glasgow, M.E., & Colbert, A.M. (2022). Nursing’s Wicked Problems – A Path Forward through Transformative Academic Leadership and Collaboration. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 46(4), 275-282.
Neft, M.W., Sekula, L.K., Zoucha, R, Smith Glasgow, M.E., Van Pelt, M., Mitchell, A.M. (2022).Support methods for healthcare professionals who are second victims: An integrative review. AANA Journal, 90(3),190-196.
Oerther, D. & Smith Glasgow, M.E. (2022). The Nurse-Engineer as the Prototype “V-Shaped” Professional. Nursing Outlook 70(2), 280-291. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2021.10.007
Smith Glasgow, M.E. and Deem, M. (2021). Leadership module: Ethical leadership in nursing education. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
O' Connor L., McAuliffe E., Casey M., Rogers L., Gallen A., Glasgow M.E., Nadin M., White C., Buckley C., Giltenane M., Kavanagh C., Lane A., and Barnard M. (2020). Progressing Quality Care Process Metrics for Public Health Nursing: Viewed Through the Lens of a Modified Delphi Approach. Nursing & Healthcare International Journal,4(4). DOI: 10.23880/nhij-16000229
Davis, C.R. & Smith Glasgow, M.E., (2020). Nurse Authored Patents: Implications for Nursing Practice. Nursing Forum, 55(4) doi.org/10.1111/nuf.12495.
Dreher, H. M., Smith Glasgow, M.E., and Schreiber, J. (2020). Letter to the Editor RE: Spurlock and Phelan’s article, “Accuracy and Completeness Are Required: A Response to Dreher et al.” (2019), Nursing Forum,55(3), 536. DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12441
Dreher, H. M., Smith Glasgow, M.E., and Schreiber, J. (2019). The Use of ‘High Stakes Testing’ in Nursing Education: Rhetoric or Rigor? Nursing Forum, 54,477-482. DOI:10.1111/nuf.12363
Smith Glasgow, M.E., Dreher, H.M., and Schreiber, J. (2019). Standardized Testing in Nursing Education: Preparing Students for NCLEX-RN® and Practice, Journal of Professional Nursing, 35, 440–446.
Casey, M, O’Connor, L., Cashin, A., Fealy, G., Smith, R., O’Brien, D., Stokes, D., McNamara, M., O’Leary, D., and Smith Glasgow, M.E., (2018). Enablers and Challenges to Advanced Practice in Nursing and Midwifery: Findings from a Qualitative Study. Journal of Nursing Management. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12697.
Smith Glasgow, M.E., Colbert, A., Viator, J., and Cavanagh, S., (2018). The Nurse-Engineer: A New Role to Improve Nurse Technology Interface and Patient Care Device Innovations, Journal of Nursing Scholarship. DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12431
Williams M., Cardona-Morrell, M., Stevens P., Bey J., and Smith Glasgow M.E., (2017). Timing of palliative care team referrals for inpatients receiving Rapid Response services: A retrospective pilot study in a U.S. hospital. Journal of International Studies, 75, 147-153.
O’Connor, L., Casey, M., Smith, R., Fealy, G., O’Brien, D., O’Leary, D., Stokes, D., McNamara, M., Smith Glasgow, M.E., and Cashin, A. (2017). The Universal, Collaborative Dynamic Model of Specialist and Advanced Nursing and Midwifery Practice: A Way Forward? Journal of Clinical Nursing, 1(27), e882-e894. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13964
Casey, M., O’Connor, L., Cashin, A., Smith, R., O’Brien, D., Nicholson, E., O’Leary, D.F., Fealy, G., McNamara, M., Smith Glasgow, M.E., Stokes, D., Egan, C. (2017). An overview of the outcomes and impact of specialist and advanced nursing and midwifery practice, on quality of care, cost and access to services: A narrative review. Nurse Education Today, 56, 35-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2017.06.004
Smith Glasgow, M.E., Lockhart, J. S., and Nolfi, D. (2017). Online Nursing Education: Expanding Boundaries to Meet the Health Care Needs of the Future. Health Progress, September - October, 46-51.
Dreher, H.M, and Smith Glasgow, M.E. (2017). DNP role development for doctoral advanced nursing practice. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Smith Glasgow, M.E., Dreher, H.M., and Oxholm, C. (2012). Legal issues confronting today's nursing faculty: A case-study approach. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Publishing Company. (AJN Book of the Year Award - 2012).
Dreher, H.M, and Smith Glasgow, M.E. (2011). Role development for doctoral advanced nursing practice. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. (AJN Book of the Year Award - 2011).
- 2020 Distinguished Scholar in Residence
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
- 2018 Audrey Solberg Smith Distinguished Lecturer
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing
- 2018 Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania
Nursing Education Academia Award
- 2018 Leadership Pittsburgh
A 10-month program for senior level leaders designed to prepare participants to undertake the challenges confronted by senior leadership in the Pittsburgh community.
- 2017 Irish Education 100
Named one of Irish Education 100, representing individuals of Irish descent who are leaders in education across the United States
- American Nurses Credentialing Center:
Clinical Specialist in Adult Health, 1991-2021
- NLN Academy of Nursing Fellow - 2015
- Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing - 2013
- Distinguished Alumni Award - 2013
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society - 2013
- AJN Book of the Year Award - 2012
Nursing Education Category
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow - 2009-2012
- Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award for the Greater Philadelphia Region Finalist Education & Mentoring Category - 2012
- AJN Book of the Year Award - 2011
Advanced Practice Nursing Category
- College of Nursing Alumni Medallion - 2010
Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Education
- Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Mid-America Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration - 2003
- Oncology Nursing Society - 2000
Foundation Pharmacia & Upjohn
Ann Olsen Doctoral Scholarship
- Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence - 1997
MCP Hahnemann University
- Alumna of the Year - 1989
- Distinguished Achievement in Service to the College Award - 1987
College of Nursing of Villanova University
- Excellence in Clinical Practice Award - 1985
Hahnemann University Hospital