CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8964; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Jan. 12, 2001
UI College of Nursing names external affairs director
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Nursing has named Elizabeth
Swanson, Ph.D., to the newly created position of external affairs director.
Swanson assumed her duties Nov. 30.
As director of external affairs, Swanson will work to enhance recognition
of the college's accomplishments and programs, encourage greater involvement
by graduates of the college in its activities and promote higher levels of
private financial support for the college. Her duties will include oversight
of the college's publications and outreach efforts, planning alumni activities
and recognition, and assisting fundraising initiatives.
Swanson earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, and a doctorate
in post-secondary education, at the UI. She joined the College of Nursing
faculty in 1970 and currently holds the rank of associate professor. She also
served as associate dean for international programs and as associate vice
president for health professions education at the UI, and chaired the nursing
college's theory and health promotion studies. Most recently, Swanson was
director of advancement for the National Patient Safety Foundation in Chicago
while on leave from the college.
As a nurse scholar, Swanson has authored or co-authored dozens of articles
and book chapters and edited or co-edited numerous books. Her principal interest
is geriatric nursing, including the use of music therapy to reduce stress
in Alzheimer's patients and nursing home residents. A member of Sigma Theta
Tau International, the nursing profession's honor society, she also is one
of several health professionals from the UI who collaborated with Russian
colleagues to establish a family practice clinic in St. Petersburg. She was
elected Honorable Professor by the St. Petersburg Medical Academy for Postgraduate
Studies in 1999.
"I'm thrilled that Liz has agreed to serve as director of external
affairs for the college," Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., professor and dean of
nursing, said. "She is highly qualified for this role, having had extensive
experience in development, communication, interdisciplinary administration
and international relations."
Swanson said she welcomes the opportunity to work with Dreher and colleagues
in the college in this new capacity. "Around the country, leaders in
academic nursing recognize our programs as being among the best," Swanson
said. "I'm looking forward to letting people both in and outside of Iowa
know what a great resource they have here in the College of Nursing."