University of Calgary

Dianne Tapp reappointed Dean of Nursing

UToday HomeJuly 10, 2013

Dianne Tapp, Faculty of Nursing dean.Dianne Tapp, Faculty of Nursing dean.I am pleased to announce that Dr. Dianne Tapp has been reappointed for a six-year term as dean of the Faculty of Nursing, effective July 1, 2013.

In April of this year, Tapp indicated her willingness to be considered for reappointment. An Advisory Decanal Review Committee was established to consider Tapp’s performance during her first term and the appropriateness of her reappointment. The committee invited and reviewed commentary from those within the faculty and from the external community. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide input.

Tapp began a five-year term as dean on July 1, 2009, having served as interim dean since January 1, 2007. Prior to these appointments, she held a number of administrative positions, including associate dean (graduate programs) and vice-dean. Her research and publications have focused on family nursing practice and education, hermeneutic inquiry, and health workforce issues. She teaches graduate courses on qualitative research methods and nursing philosophy, and served as the chair of the Alberta Nursing Education Administrators from 2010-2013. Tapp was one of the University of Calgary’s Top 40 Alumni in 2006, in the university’s 40th anniversary year. In 2012, she was awarded the Canadian Nurses’ Association Order of Merit for Nursing Administration, the highest honour for a nursing leader in Canada.

During her last decanal term, Tapp led a number of notable achievements for the Faculty of Nursing, such as the development and implementation of a new Bachelor of Nursing curriculum that is unique and leading edge in nursing education in Canada. Tapp also led the development of an enhanced research focus in the faculty, which included the awarding of the first Research Professorships and Research Chairs in the faculty. Tapp played a critical role in strengthening the collaboration and partnership with UC-Qatar – including the stabilization of the undergraduate program in Qatar and the development of a graduate program, along with a student and staff exchange program. Additionally, the longstanding partnership with Medicine Hat College was further enhanced with strong program oversight and program expansion.

Tapp led a broad consultation resulting in a faculty strategic plan to 2016 that aligns with the university’s Eyes High vision, Academic Plan and Strategic Research Plan, solidly positioning the Faculty of Nursing for its current and future innovative contributions to education and research.

I would like to thank the members of the Advisory Decanal Review Committee, which I chaired, for undertaking the extensive consultation process. They were: Kathleen Davidson (Nursing); Andrew Estefan (Nursing); Shelley Raffin Bouchal (Nursing); Theresa Green (Nursing); Laura Thomas (Nursing – AUPE); Brenda Toth (Nursing – MaPS); Nancy Pollack-Ellwand (Dean, Environmental Design); Ayodeji Jeje (Engineering – GFC); Glenda MacQueen (Medicine – GFC); Franco Rizzutti (Past-President, GSA); Emily MacPhail (Vice-President Academic, SU); Mary-Ellen Tyler (TUCFA); Deb Gordon (community representative); Tyler Hume (alumni representative); and Linda Schwartz (Provost’s Office).

Tapp is a visionary, authentic and insightful leader who has made a terrific contribution in her first term as dean. I look forward to working with Tapp in the coming years as she leads the implementation of the faculty strategic plan to become one of the top five nursing faculties in Canada.

Please join me in congratulating Dianne Tapp on her reappointment.

Dru Marshall
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)


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