Faculty News – June 2021

headshots of Dr. Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, Dr. Melissa Kalarchian, and Dr. Rebecca Kronk

Promotions, Achievements and Recognition

Effective July 1, 2021, Dr. Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, dean of the Duquesne University School of Nursing, will serve at the vice provost for research of the newly launched Office of Research and Innovation (formerly the Office of Research). Dr. Glasgow will still retain her role as dean of the School of Nursing.

Professor Dr. Melissa Kalarchian will also assume the role of associate provost for interdisciplinary research and strategic initiatives in the Office of Research and Innovation while retaining her role as associate dean for research at Duquesne’s School of Nursing. She will be responsible for expanding research and evaluation activities and will serve as liaison to faculty researchers.

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Dr. Denise Lucas has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Charitable Healthcare Network, the support and advocacy organization for Ohio’s charitable health care organizations.

Dr. Yvonne Weideman became Advanced Holistic Nurse Board Certified (AHN-BC). According to the American Holistic Nurses Association, nurses with AHN-BC certification demonstrate expertise in knowledge and practice that provides the context for Holistic Nursing.

Dr. Rick Zoucha has been appointed senior editor of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing (JTCN).

JTCN — the official journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society — is a peer-reviewed publication that provide a forum for nurses, health care professionals and persons from other disciplines to discuss issues related to the advancement of knowledge in the area of culturally congruent health care encouraging contributions from international researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians about the relationship between culture and health care.

Dr. Joan Such Lockhart has been promoted to Deputy Editor for the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (JCEN)! The JCEN is a monthly peer-reviewed journal that focuses on nursing education and is directed toward continuing education and staff development professionals, nurse administrators and nurse educators in all health care settings.

Dr. Cynthia Walters has been accepted into the inaugural Global Academy of Holistic Nursing.

The Academy, in support of the mission of The American Holistic Nurses Association and in concert with the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, will focus on advancing the specialty of Holistic Nursing around the world. The unique purpose of the Academy is to cultivate a network of Holistic Nursing Scholars, like Dr. Walters, who have shown leadership and commitment to expanding sustainable transcultural and integrative caring-healing processes that effect global health care transformation.

Over the next 12 months, Dr. Rebecca Kronk will serve as a mentor as part of the Golisano Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing, a new fellowship program from the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher College.

The fellowship is a 12-month program designed to develop thought leaders in nursing who support and promote the health and well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). As part of the program, fellows will receive individualized mentoring from international leaders in the field, like Dr. Kronk.


Dr. Kathleen Sekula was awarded the Advanced Nursing Education – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (ANE-SANE) Program Grant in the amount of $1.5 million dollars. This award will train more SANE nurses who are needed to expertly care for victims of sexual assault.

Dr. Rebecca Kronk was awarded a R25 NIH Grant, Genomic Competencies for Nurses from Theory to Application: An Online Long Course in the amount of $809,592.

The overarching goals of this five-year grant, “Genomic Competencies for Nurses from Theory to Application: An Online Long Course,” are to create a training opportunity based on the Essential Genetic and Genomic Competencies for Nurses with Graduate Degrees tailored to doctoral-level nursing faculty and students and to improve nurses’ genetic literacy and genomic science literacy to benefit patient/population health care outcomes, particularly those from underrepresented minorities (URM), through research, evidence-based practice, education, and advocacy.

Dr. Rick Zoucha received a $2,000 grant from Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., to support “Understanding the Cultural Values, Beliefs and Perceptions of COVID-19 and the COVID Vaccines in the African-American Community: A Focused Ethnography.”

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