After serving as Dean of La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences for 15 years, Zane Robinson Wolf, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, will step down from her position in August to return to the faculty.
Wolf began teaching at La Salle in 1980 and served as professor and at separate times, Acting Chair, and Director of Graduate programs before being named Dean in 1997. As Dean, Wolf increased the school’s enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs. She established a Doctor of Nursing Practice program, master’s degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Public Health, and a Family Nurse Practitioner track in the Master of Science in Nursing program. She also developed a dual MSN/MBA program, baccalaureate programs in nutrition and health studies, an online R.N.-to-BSN program, and 10 certificate programs.
While Dean, Wolf continued to teach in both the master’s and doctoral programs. “Even as an administrator, Dean Wolf remained one of the most productive scholars at the University, authoring dozens of articles and book chapters and raising significant funding through government and foundation grants,” said Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., ’83, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
She often collaborated with faculty and students to encourage their own scholarly publications, and colleagues regularly cite Wolf’s collegiality, expertise, advocacy, and support as a mentor to faculty and students.
“The story of Zane Wolf’s tenure as Dean is a story of growth—in enrollment, in programs in Nursing and in Nutrition and Speech-Language-Hearing Science, in the school’s identity as the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, in facilities, and in reputation,” said President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., ’70. “Zane Wolf’s vision and energy propelled that growth. And because of her integrity and professionalism, each aspect of that growth was animated by a commitment to the University’s Lasallian and Catholic mission, especially through concern for issues of health in an urban environment. La Salle is better because of Zane Wolf’s leadership, and so are the women and men who live in our region.”
Wolf has been a member of countless professional and community organizations in which she promotes nursing education, patient safety, and nursing research. She also is recognized internationally, particularly for her work with the International Association for Human Caring and its journal. This year, she co-chaired the Caring Conference for the third time, which was held in Philadelphia in late May.
For these accomplishments and countless others, Wolf recently received the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association’s 2012 Distinguished Colleague Award. In nominating Wolf, colleagues cited her “contributions to nursing, education, and the community” as well as her “outstanding record of achievement that spans several decades.” She has received numerous awards and honors in the past, including induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1991 and Sigma Theta Tau International’s Melanie Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Chapter Support in 2009.