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Eileen Zungolo, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, CNE, ANEF

Dean Emerita
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall, 540
Phone: 412.396.6553


Ed.D., Teacher's College, Columbia University, 1971
M.Ed., Teacher's College, Columbia University, 1969
B.S., Teacher's College, Columbia University, 1967
Diploma, St. Francis Hospital, 1962

Although Eileen Zungolo has been a nurse for fifty years, she retains her enthusiasm and passion for the profession. Eileen has enjoyed a career as a staff nurse in intensive care, and pediatrics, as well as over 40 years in higher education. She is especially committed to the education of nurse faculty, and sees preparation for the faculty role as critical to the continued advancement of the profession and the contribution that nurses can make to society. Beginning her education at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington, Delaware, Eileen maintains strong contact with her classmates and attributes much of her success to the integrity and commitment of that small group of women. Her professional development continued at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, where she earned her BS, M.Ed., and Ed.D. in nursing education. This institution was once the premier site for the preparation of nursing leaders and can boast of an extraordinary group of alumnae. 

Eileen's experience flows from Brooklyn, to Pocatello, Idaho, to Chicago, to Boston, and ultimately to Duquesne, where she served as dean from 2002 to 2012. She also has served the profession in many capacities during the time, most notably as President of the National League for Nursing. Additionally she served as Chair of the group developing the Nurse Educator Certification Program, and functioned as the Chair of the founding commission. She was among the first nurses in the country to earn the certification as a Nurse Educator. Her national service also includes the Fellows Selection committee, and the Board of the American Academy of Nursing, and many committees and consultations for the NLN and the ANA. She was also a Fulbright scholar to Thailand in 1998 and assisted that country in developing its Quality Assurance Programs for Nursing Education.

Eileen has been a strong advocate for community based nursing education, seeing the development of the nurse's role in the community setting as the natural progression for professional advancement. She truly enjoys students, and is most proud of her award from the National Student Nurses Association as a "leader of leaders". The nomination for this award came from and was fostered by the students of the School of Nursing at Duquesne University.  


2008    Pennsylvania Nursing Shortage Initiative Grant.  Funded $50,000.

2004    Palumbo Charitable Trust. Teaching as a Nursing Art: An International Learning  Opportunity for Junior and Senior Duquesne University Nursing Students in Nicaragua.  Funded. $30,000

2003     HRSA. Expand Enrollment Through Capacity Enhancing Strategies. $575,125. Not Funded.

2003    HRSA. Double Students, Double Graduations.  Undergraduate Expansion.  Approved. Not Funded.  $295,000

2003    Blue Cross Blue Shield High Mark.  Investment in the Future.  Second Degree Education in Nursing. Funded.   $125,000

2003    Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation.  Supporting Nursing Education.  Funded. $69,000

1998    Hewlett Packard.  Educational Resources for Nursing Education.  $41,000

1997    European Community/United States of America Joint Consortia for Cooperation in Higher Education and Vocational Education.  Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. (FIPSE). International Community Health Networking Project. Partnered with University of Utah, University of Texas, San Antonio, Washburn University.  $224,094.

1996    HHS. Nursing Education Opportunities for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. BOUNCE -Boston Outreach for Urban College Nursing Education. Project Director.  $495,997.

1996    National League for Nursing. Visions II Project. Project Director. $100,000.

1993    National Corporation on Service, Learn and Serve, co-author, Americorp, $189,000.

1991    W.K. Kellogg, Community Partnership Initiative, co-author, Center for Community Health, Education, Research, and Service, Funded, $6,000,000.


Publications - Last five years

Zungolo, E. (2009). Foreword. In N. Ard & T. Valiga (eds.) Clinical Nursing Education: Current Reflections (pp. ix-x). New York, NY: National League for Nursing.

Zungolo, Eileen. (2008) Faculty Shortages in Registered Nurse Preparatory Programs. In Feldman, Harriet (et al) Ed. Nursing Leadership A Concise Encyclopedia. Springer Publishing Company.  New York.

Zungolo, E., M. Leonardo. (2007) The synergy model as a framework for nursing curriculum. In Synergy: The unique relationship between nurses and patients. (Ed.) Martha A. Q. Curley. Sigma Theta Tau. Indianapolis, IN. p. 141-156.


2011- National League for Nursing. Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Organization

2011- Spirit of Service Award, Rita McGinley Symposium on Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations: the Faces of Immigrants.  Duquesne University

2010 - Recertified as a Nurse Educator

2010 - National League for Nursing Recognition for "Outstanding Leadership in Development of the Nurse Educator Certification Program".

2009 - John McGrady Award, for Outstanding Service to the Community of Pittsburgh, Art Rooney Award Dinner supporting Catholic Youth Organizations

2007 -  Inducted to the National League for Nursing Academy of Nurse Educators

2005 - Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

2005 - National Student Nurses Association, Leader of Leaders Award. April 2005, Salt Lake City Utah

2001-2003   President, National League for Nursing

1999-2001   Elected President- elect of the National League for Nursing

1999 - Nominated by the Massachusetts Association of Nurses as the state nominee for American Nurses Association Jessie Scott Award.

1999 - Teachers College, Columbia University, Inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame for "Extraordinary Contribution to Nursing and Health Care".

1998 - Massachusetts Nurse Educator Award,  Massachusetts Nurses Association

1998 - Elected a Fellow to the American Academy of Nursing

1998 - Gamma Epsilon Chapter,  Sigma Theta Tau,  Leadership Award

1998 - Teachers College, Columbia University, Distinguished Alumni Award.

1997 - Murray Fertal Humanitarian Award, Jewish Memorial Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Outstanding contributions to the community of Boston.

1996 - Certificate of Appreciation from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for contribution to the development of Essentials of Masters Education.

1995 - Book Dedication: Teaching Nursing in the Neighborhood: The Northeastern   University Model

1986 - Outstanding Teaching Award, Senior Class, University of Illinois at Chicago

1986 - Elected into Sigma Theta Tau

1971 - American Nurse Foundation Award to support Doctoral Dissertation

1968 - Federal Nurse Traineeship