M. LOUISE FITZPATRICK
DOCTOR OF HUMANE LETTERS
M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, is the Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor of Nursing of the College of Nursing at Villanova University.
Dr. Fitzpatrick was named dean of the College in 1978. During her tenure, the College of Nursing has developed into a premier nursing program, recognized by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.
Dr. Fitzpatrick is responsible for the expansion of the College’s academic programs, including initiating master’s and doctoral programs, as well as an accelerated BSN program for second-degree students. She developed distance learning strategies and clinical simulation laboratory initiatives, and focused on scholarship and research programs. During her deanship, three centers have been established: the Center for Nursing Research, the Center for Global and Public Health and the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education.
Deeply interested in international health care and nursing education, Dr. Fitzpatrick has sought to globalize the College of Nursing community through study abroad and health promotion experiences for students in such countries as England, Ireland, Poland, Japan, Peru, South Africa, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. In addition, she has emphasized multicultural experiences in underserved areas in the United States, including the Western Shoshone Native American reservation and the Texas-Mexico border. Dr. Fitzpatrick has also served as a global consultant for many years and has forged relationships bringing Omani and other international students to the College of Nursing.
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Fitzpatrick is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from The Catholic University of America. She earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. She received a World Health Organization fellowship for study in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, and a Malone Travel Fellowship from the Committee on US-Arab Relations. Dr. Fitzpatrick is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has served as a consultant to numerous schools of nursing and health agencies in the United States and abroad.
Prior to becoming dean of Villanova University’s College of Nursing, Dr. Fitzpatrick served as an associate professor in the Department of Nursing Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. In this capacity, she acted as major adviser for master’s degree students in curriculum development and community health nursing, directed doctoral study in nursing history and nursing education, and worked extensively with international students. Dr. Fitzpatrick also has been involved in higher education accreditation since 1972, serving as an accreditation visitor for the Middle States Association, the NLN and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Active in community and professional affairs, she has served as chair of the NLN’s Accreditation Committee and its Accreditation Appeal Panel, as well as president of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association. She is also a member of the External Advisory Committee, Rafic Hariri School of Nursing, at the American University of Beirut.
Dr. Fitzpatrick’s research preparation, scholarly interests and publications focus on nursing history and nursing education. Her book publications include The National Organization for Public Health Nursing, 1912-1952: Development of a Practice Field, Prologue to Professionalism: A History of Nursing, and Nursing in Society: A Historical Perspective, which she co-authored with Josephine Dolan and Eleanor Herrmann. Dr. Fitzpatrick also is a sought-after speaker. She has made numerous presentations and keynote addresses at regional, national and international conferences.
Among the many prestigious awards Dr. Fitzpatrick has received are the Global Citizen Award of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association in 1997, the National League for Nursing Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education in 2004, and most recently she was awarded the Legion of Honor Gold Medallion of the Chapel of Four Chaplains. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the recipient of distinguished alumni awards from The Catholic University of America; Teachers College, Columbia University; and The Johns Hopkins University. For her contributions to the agenda of the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, Dr. Fitzpatrick was awarded affiliate membership in the Order of St. Augustine by the Superior General in Rome upon recommendation of the Eastern Province of the United States in 2002.