New Dean of College of Health and Wellness to be Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

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PITTSBURGH — Carlow University is pleased to announce that Rhonda E. Maneval, D.Ed., has been selected to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy). Dr. Maneval is dean at of the College of Health and Wellness. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health.

The Academy is an honorific society that recognizes nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, practice, administration, and academia. Academy Fellows, from nearly 40 countries, hold a wide variety of influential roles in health care. Induction into the Fellowship represents more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession. Fellows contribute their collective expertise to the Academy, engaging with health leaders nationally and globally to improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science.

“I am humbled by this prestigious recognition from the American Academy of Nursing,” states Dr. Maneval. “Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in health professions education has been a focus of my career, which dovetails nicely with Carlow’s rich history of serving those who otherwise may not have had opportunity.”

Dr. Rhonda Maneval holds a Doctorate in Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Villanova University. She has a track record of progressive academic leadership with expertise in college operations, accreditation, new program development, evidence-based retention and success strategies, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Carlow on July 1st, she served as Vice Dean and Professor for the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University in New York. Her leadership background in diverse higher education sectors spans three decades and includes Michigan State University, Temple University, and Harrisburg Area Community College. Her work in educational leadership focuses on decreasing health disparities through educational advancement and diversification of the health professions workforce. Her recent grant applications resulted in over $4 million in external programmatic funding, including the prestigious HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grant and over $875,000 in student scholarships, primarily supporting first-generation and diverse students. She has received many prestigious awards for both teaching and leadership and has led the establishment of regional and national faculty development programs.
Carlow University President, Kathy W. Humphrey, PhD., notes, “We have great work to do in Pittsburgh and across our country to address healthcare disparities and impact social determinants of health. Dr. Maneval’ s leadership and focus in this area will bring great value to the work we must do together to drive better outcomes in our communities.”
Through a competitive, rigorous application process, the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee reviewed a record number of applications, representing a 30% increase from the previous year, to select the 2022 Fellows. Dr. Maneval was one of 250 individuals selected to be inducted. The 2022 Fellows represent 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 17 countries.

The 2022 inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, taking place on October 27-29, 2022 in Washington, DC at the Marriott Marquis during the Induction Ceremony on the evening of October 29. Once the newest Fellows are inducted, the Academy will be comprised of more than 3,000 leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.
Learn more about the Academy and visit the policy conference website for more details. For individuals interested in attending the Induction Ceremony, tickets can be purchased online.

About the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Academy Fellows are inducted into the organization for their extraordinary contributions to improve health locally and globally. With more than 2,900 Fellows, the Academy represents nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia.

About Carlow University

Located in Oakland, the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district, Carlow University is a private, co-educational, Catholic university founded in 1929 by the Sisters of Mercy. Offering an intimate, personable environment and faculty focused on teaching excellence and experiential learning, Carlow is known for its strong commitment to social justice, ethical forward-thinking leadership and meaningful services that make a positive impact in the community and beyond.

Approximately 44% of Carlow’s student population is PELL-eligible, 26% are students of color, and Carlow ranks 3rd in Pennsylvania on social mobility. This is consistent with Carlow’s tradition of helping those, who otherwise may not have had opportunity, earn a certificate or degree, thereby changing the course of their life and transforming the lives of generations to follow.

Carlow University is unique in serving babies to age three through its early childhood education center, children PreK to K-8 at its Campus Lab School, and students from high school to age 66 through its campus network and online educational offerings. From undergraduate degree programs to more than 50 graduate, doctoral and certificate programs, Carlow students graduate ready to meet today’s workforce demands for specialized knowledge and skills. Approximately, 98% of Carlow alumni are enrolled in an advanced degree program or employed within six months of graduation.

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