Pamela G. Watson, RN, ScD, has served as Dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) since 2001, and is also UTMB's Senior Vice President for Interprofessional Education and Institutional Effectiveness. Dr. Watson currently holds the endowed Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair. Dr. Watson earned a diploma in nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, then a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree from Boston University School of Nursing. At Boston University she also earned the doctor of science degree (ScD) in rehabilitation counseling/psychology.
A long-term nursing educator, Dr. Watson has held leadership positions at Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania and at Boston University in Massachusetts. From 1993 to 2001, she was a principal investigator on the NIH NIDDK Multi Centered Clinical Trial on the prevention of Type 2 diabetes (DPP). Dr. Watson maintained an active funded research program for many years.
Since she has been in Texas, Dr. Watson has advocated on behalf of nursing education, with the Texas legislatures. She served two terms as the president of the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education (TOBGNE) and has served the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs. Dr. Watson is a former member of the Texas Board of Nurses’ Licensure Eligibility and Disciplinary Rules and Policies Task Force.
In 2014, Dr. Watson led a successful reaccreditation of the School of Nursing’s Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This site visit awarded the school a ten year accreditation for all three programs. Under Dr. Watson’s leadership, the school’s Master’s Program has consistently been ranked in the top five in the nation for on-line delivery of education.
Additionally, Dr. Watson played a major leadership role in the university’s preparation and subsequent successful Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges (COC) re-affirmation in 2008 and the fifth year report in 2013. Dr. Watson was also instrumental in the development of the SACS COC required UTMB Quality Enhancement Plan. Dr. Watson recently served as a site visitor for the SACS COC affirmation requested by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis Tennessee.
Dr. Watson has served as a nursing education consultant to various institutions and also to King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. She has many years of service in numerous national professional organizations, serving two terms on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Board of Directors and the Southern Research Education Board of Directors (SREB) for Nursing Education.
Dr. Watson has resided on Galveston Island during her tenure as Dean. She has a son who is criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia.
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