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Dr. Cesarina Thompson assumed the role of Dean of Health Sciences in July 2012. An accomplished teacher-scholar with more than 25 years of teaching and academic leadership experience, she has taught at the associate, baccalaureate and master's degree levels, and served as a dissertation advisor for doctoral students. Dr. Thompson has served on several national task forces focusing on nursing education issues, delivered presentations at national and international conferences, and authored journal articles and book chapters related to nursing education. She is a Fellow in NLN's Academy of Nursing Education and is nationally recognized for her research and scholarly activities focusing on advancing nursing education, particularly in the areas of effective teaching strategies for traditional, adult and culturally diverse students in nursing, program assessment and evaluation, and academic leadership.
Prior to assuming the position of Dean at AIC, Dr. Thompson was Interim Associate Dean of the School of Health & Human Services and Professor of Nursing at Southern CT State University. Her past leadership roles at SCSU also included serving as Chairperson of the Department of Nursing for 13 years during which time she facilitated innovative program development at the undergraduate and graduate levels to meet workforce and professional needs. She also served as Interim Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and held leadership roles on university-wide committees such as strategic planning and accreditation.
In terms of professional service and leadership, Dr. Thompson served as Chairperson of the Connecticut League for Nursing Council of Deans & Directors, as a member of the Board of Directors of Griffin Health Services Corporation, and member of the steering committee of the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative. She regularly serves as team leader for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Dr. Thompson received a B.S. degree in nursing from the University of Bridgeport and a master's degree in nursing and PhD in Adult Education from the University of Connecticut.