Fairfield University Dean Meredith Wallace Kazer named among 15 top adult gerontology professors


Dr. Kazer featured on nationwide list with educators from top tier institutions

Meredith Wallace KazerOnce again, a professor from Fairfield University's School of Nursing has been recognized for being tops in their field of teaching.

Meredith Wallace Kazer, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN, professor and dean of the School of Nursing, was named one of the 15 top adult gerontology nursing professors in the country by Nurse Practitioner Schools, an education and career resource for nurses. The list is comprised of outstanding professors from the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Case Western Reserve University, New York University, and University of Texas Health, among other respected institutions (http://www.nursepractitionerschools.com/blog/top-adult-gerontology-professors). Editors said, "When it comes to recognizing professors of achievement in adult gerontology, it's hard to pare a list down to 15."

Editors noted of Dr. Kazer, a New Haven, Conn. resident: "She is board certified in both adult and gerontological care and has interests that include adult and gerontological health and illness, men's health and prostate cancer, and co-published a book called ‘Prostate Cancer: Nursing Assessment Management and Care.' She is currently a practicing nurse practitioner with a focus on chronic illness occurring in older adults."

Some of the factors taken into consideration for placement on this impressive list included coordination, leadership or involvement in an adult-gerontology advanced practice registered nursing program; advanced education either at the master's or doctoral level; and board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

An award-winning author, Dr. Kazer oversees a nursing school that has esteemed faculty who are clinical experts in patient care, state-of-the-art resources, and array of graduate programs preparing future nursing leaders. Her career spanning focus on improving the quality of life of older adults has resulted in numerous patient-centered interventions. Dr. Kazer's work has been disseminated in ten books, more than 70 peer-reviewed journal publications, 26 book chapters, and over 100 research and invited presentations.  In, 2011, she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing, an appointment reserved for nurse leaders at the forefront of the profession nationwide.

This news comes in the wake of Professor Sheila Grossman, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN, being named one of the nation's '25 Top NP Program Professors' by Nurse Practitioner Schools. Dr. Grossman, coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Track at Fairfield, is featured with educators from top teaching hospitals in the U.S.

For more information about Fairfield University's School of Nursing, call (203) 254-4000 ext. 4150 or visit www.fairfield.edu/academics/nursing.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 28, 2014

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