New dean hired for College of Nursing

By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing

Griffin-Sobel-webSPOKANE, Wash. – Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel has been named dean of the College of Nursing at Washington State University, effective May 16.

Dean and professor at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, she has more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing. She is known for leadership and innovation in teaching with technology and in interprofessional education.

She led Upstate through two successful accreditations and an increase in research and scholarship. She created a dedicated education unit in a behavioral health center where graduate students and faculty delivered integrated primary care.

Griffin-Sobel’s clinical career has been in oncology, particularly care of those with gastrointestinal malignancies. She has been awarded more than $5 million dollars in grant funding.

A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve 1988-95, she was director of clinical nursing research for the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, where she developed the first program of clinical nursing research.

She has received numerous teaching and research honors including the 2012 Excellence Award in Academic Mentoring from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation. She was named a fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education in 2008 and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Books she has authored include “Gastrointestinal Cancers” (Oncology Nursing Society, 2007), and “Hematology & Immunology: Concepts for Nursing” (Appleton Century Crofts, 1986), which won an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.

She has lectured worldwide on issues related to technology in health care and cancer care.

More background

Prior to Upstate, Griffin-Sobel was at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Hunter College School of Nursing as acting dean, assistant dean of curriculum and technology (2008-11) and director of undergraduate programs (2004-11).

At Hunter, she was principal investigator for the New York City Nursing Education Consortium in Technology, a federal Health Resources and Services Administration-funded faculty development grant in teaching with technology – including simulation, informatics, telehealth and mobile health. She was co-principal investigator for ITEACH – Integrating Transdisciplinary Education Across Cornell-Hunter.

She was instrumental in the nursing school’s successful application to the National League for Nursing to be named a Center of Excellence in 2010. She aided in the creation of partnerships for academic progression of students from junior to senior colleges within the CUNY system, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Partners in Nursing Program.

Her other academic appointments include the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Griffin-Sobel has more than 80 scholarly articles published about cancer care, faculty development, teaching with technology and interprofessional education. She served as editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (2004-06) and associate editor of Oncology Nursing Forum (2002-04).

She is an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)-Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow and was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame.

She has been active in professional organizations such as the National League for Nursing, both on the Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel and as a Center of Excellence consultant; AACN, as a CCNE on-site evaluator; and Sigma Theta Tau International.

She earned her Ph.D. at New York University in nursing (1987), her master’s of science in nursing as a clinical nurse specialist at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (1981) and her bachelor of science in nursing at Herbert H. Lehman College (1975).

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Alli Benjamin, WSU College of Nursing communications, 509-324-7340,