Dean Geiger-Brown, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Stevenson University has announced the appointment of Jeanne Geiger-Brown, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, as Founding Dean of Stevenson’s new School of Health Professions, the University’s seventh academic school. Geiger-Brown will embark on her role as Dean and as Chief Administrator of Nursing on April 18.
Geiger-Brown has served an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, teaching undergraduate and graduate students for the last 14 years. She has conducted extensive research in the area of occupational sleep deficiency and served as the Assistant Dean for Research for the school. She has extensive background in nursing accreditation. A graduate of Temple University, Geiger-Brown holds a B.S. in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, an M.S. in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
“Stevenson is privileged to have attracted an internationally known scholar and leader in nursing education as the Founding Dean for the new School of Health Professions,” said Paul Lack, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Dr. Geiger-Brown’s background in research, teaching, clinical work, and accreditation will be an enormous asset for the growth or our School as we work to recruit more students and new faculty.”
Geiger-Brown is internationally known for her research on the adverse outcomes of occupational sleep deficiency. Her work in the area of sleep research has been used to enhance patient safety and quality of care as well as improve the health and safety of nurses. She has raised public awareness about fatigue among nurses working long shifts as well as healthcare practices and policies regarding nurse work schedules. Her research studies have resulted in the adoption of limits on the number of consecutive 12-hour shifts in some hospitals and the use of brief naps to reduce fatigue and sleepiness during the night shift.
“I am very pleased to join Stevenson University and work with the faculty as the founding Dean of the School of Health Professions,” said Geiger-Brown. “Opportunities for careers in the health professions have never been brighter, and the Stevenson faculty are highly committed to the success of each student.”
The School of Health Professions encompasses Stevenson’s nursing program as well as its rapidly growing medical laboratory science major. Both programs will take residence in Stevenson’s new Academic Center, slated to open for the fall semester in August 2016 on the University’s Owings Mills North Campus.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.