Jean Bartels named Georgia Southern Provost

Written by  Wednesday, 13 June 2012 10:35

Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel has named Jean Bartels provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Georgia Southern University.


Bartels, who will serve a three year appointment starting July 1, is currently the dean of the College of Health and Human Services. She replaces Ted Moore, who suddenly announced his resignation last month.


“I am excited to appoint Jean Bartels to this important position at Georgia Southern University.  She has earned the respect of her colleagues and is a highly-sought consultant on curriculum and higher education across the nation.  She has risen through the faculty ranks and has demonstrated an impressive commitment to our students,” said Keel.  “I am confident that Jean has the knowledge, talents, and drive that will be needed in her new role.”

Bartels has served as dean since April 2011 and previously served as interim provost from July 2010 to April 2011. She was chair of Georgia Southern's School of Nursing for 11 years, has been elected as Chair of the Council of Deans and as Chair of the Institutional Strategic Planning Committee, and was a member of the President's Task Forces on Online Programs and Program Review.

“I am honored to be selected as Georgia Southern University's next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs,” said Bartels.  “I look forward to working with Georgia Southern's extraordinary administrators, faculty and staff as we continue to move the University to its next level of excellence and accomplishment in teaching, scholarship, and service to all of our communities of interest.”

Bartels has served as President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, an organization that represents more than 600 schools of nursing across the country and is the most influential entity in higher education for nursing.  Additionally, she has given testimony to the Sullivan Committee, chaired by the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  In her scholarly efforts, she has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, co-authored a book, and written at least three key white papers on higher education.  She has been recognized for several fellowships, including one from the National Institutes of Health.
Prior to joining Georgia Southern, she served as the Chair of Nursing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis. from 1990 to 1999 and worked as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee.  She earned a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Master of Science in Nursing from Marquette University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alverno College and a Diploma in Nursing from the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing.  She is a past recipient of the Sister Bernadette Armiger Award, the highest honor given by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Her practice and research experiences have focused on community-based nursing practice and education as well as the health care needs of individuals responding to chronic illnesses including those experiencing acute neurological, cardiovascular, and respiratory impairments.  She has also conducted research in a variety of nursing practice and higher education areas.  Most recently, her scholarship has focused on teaching, learning, critical thinking and outcome assessment in nursing education.  Her current research and writing activities focus on the development and measurement of teaching, learning, and assessment outcomes in nursing and higher education.  She has served on the educational policies committees, discipline deans committees, curriculum committees, strategic planning councils, and research and assessment councils at Alverno College and Georgia Southern.  She has taught theory and clinical practice in all areas of the nursing curriculum.

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