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Dean Mauro Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU

Ann Marie P. Mauro, Ph.D., RN, professor and dean of the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, recently received the NYU Meyers Alumni Association 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors an NYU graduate who has “demonstrated extraordinary achievement, leadership, and innovation in their career and advanced the profession of nursing.” Mauro was recognized virtually at the Town Hall and Awards Ceremony on Oct. 23.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by my alma mater,” said Mauro, who earned her Ph.D. in research and theory development from NYU. “I have been blessed by incredible mentors who have generously shared their time and expertise to support my professional growth. This award recognizes their impact as well as the accomplishments of my colleagues and students whose valued contributions were instrumental in my success.”

The NYU Meyers Alumni Association describes their selected distinguished alumni as having:

  • Demonstrated continuous and outstanding nursing leadership and achievements throughout one’s nursing career through innovations in education, practice, or research;
  • Been recognized by the professions of nursing, medicine, related disciplines, and community and professional organizations for one’s leadership and achievements;
  • Facilitated the growth and development of students across education levels and disciplines.

Since her appointment as dean in July 2020, Mauro has addressed ongoing health and safety issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic as a member of the University Crisis Management Team, mobilized nursing faculty and students to administer COVID-19 vaccines in the community, been awarded continued federal funding to address the national nurse faculty shortage, facilitated the successful 10-year accreditation of the M.S. in Physician Assistant program, and championed the new occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) program to achieve accreditation candidacy status and enroll 25 students in its first cohort in June 2021. She also launched the new 7000-square foot state-of-the-art Linda Grunin Simulation Lab and Learning Center, a community partnership between Monmouth University and Monmouth Medical Center.

Mauro is a certified nurse educator and clinical nurse leader with expertise in advancing diversity initiatives, creative educational strategies, progressive curricular models, novel interprofessional education, educational policy, faculty governance, and cardiovascular health. Her clinical expertise is in cardiovascular and critical care nursing, and her research focuses on support of cardiovascular patients and educational innovations. Mauro has led major health professions diversity initiatives, written multiple publications, and consulted nationally. Her work has been supported with federal, foundation, and private funding and has been presented nationally and internationally. 

In addition to her alumni award from NYU, Mauro was also recently appointed to the VNA Health Group/VNA-Central Jersey Board of Trustees.