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Duquesne School of Nursing Names Two New Academic Administrators

The Duquesne University School of Nursing has named a new associate dean for academic affairs and a new chair of graduate nursing programs.

Dr. Alison M. Colbert, chair of graduate nursing programs and assistant professor of nursing, will start her new role as associate dean effective Tuesday, July 1. Colbert has been promoted to associate professor with tenure effective fall 2014. She will succeed Dr. Joan Such Lockhart, clinical professor and associate dean for academic affairs who has served as associate dean for many years. Lockhart was instrumental in developing Duquesne's online Ph.D. in nursing program, the first in the nation, as well as leading the curriculum development and accreditation processes in the school.  

Colbert received her B.A. in journalism from the University of Arizona, her M.S.N. from the University of Texas at Austin and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a clinical nurse specialist whose practice and research focus on the well-being of women recently released from jail or prison. Colbert was named a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar in 2010, and her work has been published in Public Health Nursing, Nursing Research and the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. She also was named the 2011 Junior Investigator by the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association.

Nursing Professor Dr. Rick Zoucha will succeed Colbert as the new chair of graduate nursing programs effective July 1.

Zoucha obtained a B.S.N. from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, an M.S. from Texas Woman's University and a Ph.D. from Rush University in Chicago. He is a full professor with a national and international reputation in transcultural and global nursing. Zoucha is an advanced certified transcultural nurse and was inducted as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar. He has numerous publications in transcultural and global nursing, and his work has been published in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing and Health Care, the Journal of Professional Nursing and the Journal of Cultural Diversity.

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