April 27, 2004
Catholic University Names New Nursing School Dean
Nalini N. Jairath
Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, today announced the appointment of Nalini N. Jairath as dean of CUA’s School of Nursing, effective Aug. 1, 2004.
Jairath is currently an associate professor and senior research faculty member at the School of Nursing of the University of Maryland Baltimore with research and clinical expertise in the area of cardiovascular risk reduction. She is also on the faculty of the university’s Graduate School of Nursing, with extensive experience in academic nursing, curricular design and evaluation. She has taught at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.
Her numerous publications, scholarly presentations, grants activity and other experience have earned Jairath increasing visibility in her field both within the United States and abroad.
“The CUA School of Nursing has historically enjoyed a well-deserved national and international reputation for excellence in health-care education,” said Father O’Connell. “Currently at least seven deans of schools of nursing in the United States are graduates of our program. With such a wonderfully established tradition, the school will be well served by Dr. Jairath whose scholarly and academic reputation are well known among her peers in the nursing profession.”
Commenting on the appointment, John Convey, university provost, observed that “Dr. Jairath’s scholarly background will serve her well as she assumes academic leadership of the nursing school. I look forward to working with her.”
Jairath earned both her doctorate and her master’s degree at the University of Toronto. She holds a doctorate with a cardiovascular specialty from the university’s Institute of Medical Sciences and a master’s of science in nursing from the university’s Faculty of Nursing. She earned a bachelor’s of science in nursing at Ontario’s McMaster University and another bachelor’s degree with a double specialization in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College.
In announcing the new dean’s appointment, Father O’Connell expressed his gratitude to Ann Marie Brooks, who has served as dean of CUA’s School of Nursing since 2000.
“Dean Brooks has served her alma mater with joy, energy and enthusiasm. She has participated generously and actively in many university-wide initiatives during her years here and I want to express my gratitude to Dean Brooks for her service to CUA,” O’Connell said.
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