Gladys Sorensen, EdD, RN, FAAN

Areas of Achievement: 
Higher Education

Honored By

Honored by: Van Ort, PhD, RD, FAAN, Suzanne
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
Gift: Leaf Tile, Medium

University of Nebraska, B.S. in Nursing, 1945
University of Colorado, M.S. in Nursing, 1951
University of Colorado, Public Health Certificate, 1953
Teacher's College, Columbia University, Ed.D., 1964

Professional Nursing Education Positions:
Clinical nursing positions, 1945-1950
University of Colorado School of Nursing, 1951-58
University of Arizona:
--Dean, College of Nursing, 1967-86
--Professor of Nursing,1958-1967 and 1987-1988
--Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita, 1988-present

Professional Accomplishments (selected examples):
Numerous publications in professional journals

Offices Held:
President, American Academy of Nursing, 1985-87
Executive Board, Western Council on Higher Education for Nursing, 1961, 1970-73, 1982-84 (also held various other leadership positions in WCHEN)
Editorial Board, Journal of Nursing Education, 1980-present
Member, National Advisory Council on Nursing Training, US Department of Health and Human Services, 1977-82
Chairman, Resolutions Committee, Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs, National League for Nursing, 1975-77
Executive Committee, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 1975-79
Member, Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1971-73

Honorary Doctor of Science degree, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1985
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 1977
University of Arizona Distinguished Citizen Award, 1972

Dean Gladys Sorensen, the second Dean of the University of Arizona College of Nursing, led the College to national prominence in nursing education. During her tenure as Dean, graduate education in the College, particularly the PhD program, was recognized throughout the world for excellence in nursing research. Dean Sorensen was acknowledged by students and alumni as an excellent teacher, both in clinical and classroom settings. Her leadership in national nursing organizations helped shape the future of nursing and nursing education. We who benefited from her commitment to nursing education and nursing practice are fortunate to have her as a role model. Her contributions have continued in her retirement through her multiple community service activities in the Tucson area.