Dean of Nursing & Professor
Victoria T. Grando, Phd, RN, joined the College faculty in fall 2015 and is the Academic Dean and Professor.
Grando completed a post-doctorate in gerontological nursing at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa; a doctorate in nursing with a minor in women’s history at the University of Kansas, in Kansas City, Kansas; a masters of science in community mental health nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, Missouri; a bachelor of science in nursing at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri; and a diploma in nursing at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Prior to this appointment, Grando was an associate professor at Arizona State University in the College of Nursing & Health Innovation since 2007. She has a wide variety of administrative, teaching, and research experience. Her nursing experience and research interest including geriatric-adult mental health in long-term care facilities and psychiatric hospitals. She has extensive experience in long-term care settings including Director of Nursing at two nursing centers and Regional Nurse Consultant for National Health Corporation. In addition, she has held teaching positions at Arizona State University, the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Services, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Director of the Department of Nursing at Missouri State. She is also an experienced bedside nurse working at two different hospitals in New York—Flushing General Hospital, and Maimonides Hospital Center.
Grando has published 35 articles in journals of which she was the lead author for 11, three book chapters, 12 abstracts, three book reviews and given 10 presentations at international conferences and 47 presentations at national and regional conferences. She’s also authored 15 grants of which seven were funded. She is a manuscript review for Research in Gerontological Nursing, the Western Journal of Nursing Research, and Geriatric Nursing.
She received the Teresa E. Christy Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing for her PhD dissertation: “Nurses Struggle for Economic Equity, 1945-1965” in 1994. She was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing in 2003 and received the Excellence in Writing Award from the American Journal of Nursing & Missouri Nurses’ Association in 1980.
Her experience in graduate student advisement includes serving on 13 dissertations and/or program committees, four graduate portfolio committees, as well as advising doctoral students. She has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate nursing courses. She has also served on seven masters portfolios and research practicums.
Grando is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International and the Gerontological Society of America.