Marylyn Morris McEwen Appointed Gladys E. Sorensen Endowed Professor at UA College of Nursing

Jun 7, 2013
Marylyn Morris McEwen, PhD, PHCNS-BC, FAAN, associate professor, has been appointed the Gladys E. Sorensen Endowed Professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing.
A scholar focused on decreasing health disparities, especially evident in people living along the rural U.S.-Mexico border, she is renowned for her community-centric program of research for managing adult type 2 diabetes, interprofessional workforce development model for building community capacity, and culturally competent community-based interventions to promote health.
“Dr. McEwen is an exceptional nurse-scientist whose program of research on rural border health exemplifies her strong passion for improving community and public health. Dr. McEwen superbly integrates the scholarship of discovery with the scholarship of teaching and clinical practice. The result is a dynamic, binational collaboration of academic and community-at-large colleagues, who teach health professions students, design and conduct community-relevant research and apply and evaluate health improvement initiatives for border residents.” says UA College of Nursing Dean Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Since earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, Dr. McEwen’s leadership has yielded collaborations with colleagues, binational community organizations, multiple universities and rural/underserved minority communities along the US-Mexico border and with the Navajo Nation. She provides positive influential leadership within professional organizations, including the Global Nursing and Health and Women's Health Expert Panels of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Section. Locally, she is active with the Arizona Diabetes Association, Arizona Nurses Association, Border Health Nurses Chapter, US-Mexico Border Health Association, the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence and border health special-interest groups.
The Gladys E. Sorensen Endowed Professorship is named in honor of Gladys E. Sorensen, EdD, RN, FAAN, who was dean of the UA College of Nursing from 1967 to 1987.
Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website,
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