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February 12 , 2007

Farmingdale State College to Award Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Nancy L. Diekelmann

Nancy L. Diekelmann, PhD, RN, FAAN, Helen Denne Schulte Professor Emerita, School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Farmingdale State College's 88 th Commencement on Sunday, May 20, 2007.

Dr. Diekelmann was nominated in recognition of her dedication to serving the public and improving healthcare practices by advancing professional nursing practice. According to Dr. Marie Hayden-Miles , Dean of Farmingdale's School of Health Sciences , "Dr. Diekelmann has been the most significant force in nursing education, beginning with the Curriculum Revolution in the late 1980s. Her challenges to thinking itself, the cornerstone of her work, have never been more necessary as we prepare students to practice in increasingly complex healthcare environments."

Dr. Diekelmann has distinguished herself as a scholar, philosopher, and educator by developing revolutionary approaches to education. Dr. Diekelmann is globally recognized for her research initiatives in nursing education, specifically for having developed the first researched-based nursing pedagogy, Narrative Pedagogy, and for identifying the "Concernful Practices of Schooling, Learning and Teaching."  She completed a national multi-site study on redesigning nursing education using the new pedagogies (critical, feminist, phenomenological, and postmodern).

Her scholarship challenges educators to think in fundamentally new ways, to transform education by engaging in the scholarship of teaching and to design innovative educational systems to meet the needs of current and future healthcare delivery systems.

Her teaching career began at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974. She served as the past president of the Society for Research in Nursing Education and Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Academy. In May, 1997, she received the esteemed Chancellor's Teaching Award and in October, 2002 the Excellence in Teaching and Faculty Service Award from the University Continuing Education Association.  Dr. Diekelmann is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, having been identified by her peers to be one of "the best and the brightest in the nursing discipline."

Dr. Diekelmann's philosophy and writings are revolutionizing nursing education both in the United States and in the international nursing community.  Her many books include  Primary Health Care of the Well Adult and Transforming RN Education and she is co-editor of the book series Interpretive Studies In Healthcare and the Human Sciences , all of which have received Book of the Year awards from the American Journal of Nursing .

Dr. Diekelmann is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, earning her PhD from the Department of Continuing and Vocational Education. She earned her MS from Saint Xavier College and her BS from Northern Illinois University .

For her extraordinary and sustained contributions to the advancement of a science of nursing education, and her visionary leadership in preparing healthcare professionals to practice effectively in new healthcare environments, the State University of New York, through its College at Farmingdale, will award the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.