Professor Emerita in Nursing and Dean Emerita
Convocation: Oct. 21, 2001
As dean of nursing from 1988 to 1999, Penny Ericson provided outstanding leadership and service to her faculty, the university, and the nursing profession.
Under her leadership, the faculty became a model for the rest of Canada as it responded to the 1989 decision by the Nurses Association of New Brunswick to make the baccalaureate degree the minimum requirement for entry to nursing practice. Prof. Ericson facilitated the development of the faculty's innovative and nationally accredited undergraduate curriculum.
In fact, she fostered the growth of the faculty from a primarily undergraduate school into a multi-site, multi-program professional school responsive to the needs of the community. She oversaw the establishment of a master's degree program in nursing and the introduction of international exchange programs for faculty and students.
As an expert in gerontological nursing, Prof. Ericson has focused much of her research on Alzheimer's care giving. She has also engaged in collaborative research on violence in military communities.
Prof. Ericson is well known and respected across Canada in both professional and academic communities. She has held executive positions in national professional associations and has an impressive record of service provincially, locally, and within the university.
As dean, Prof. Ericson led the faculty of nursing through 11 challenging years of transition and promoted a high level of teaching, research and service among faculty members.
Through those years, she continued to teach undergraduate courses and mentor graduate students. Her career at UNB has been clearly characterized by her generosity to students, faculty, the university and the community.