1992 - Poldi Tschirch, RN, PhD

Dr. Poldi TschirchAdvisor: 

Susan Cayleff, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title:

The Caring Tradition: Nursing Ethics in the United States 1890-1915

Current Position and Address:

Dean, School of Nursing Professor
University of St. Thomas
School of Nursing
3800 Montrose
Houston, Texas 77006-4626
phone: 713-525-6991
email: tschirp@stthom.edu

Dr. Poldi Tschirch is the dean of the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing. She can speak on nursing education, nursing education policy and nursing workforce development.


  • 2011 Texas Nurses Association District 9 President’s Award
  • 2004 United States Distance Learning Award for Health Care and
  • Telemedicine Category, Excellence in Distance Education Programming
  • 2004 Selected to participate in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Senior Fellowship for Universities and Health Related Institutions, Austin, TX – May 19-22, 2004
  • 2003 Texas Interactive Media Award, presented by the Austin Area Multimedia Alliance for the Web-based continuing education course, Telehealth 101: Basic Principles of Telehealth – March 9, 2003
  • 05/2002 Faculty Excellence Award, UTMB School of Nursing
  • 2001 President’s Award, Texas Nurses Association
  • 2000 Recipient of the UTMB School of Nursing Staff Assembly Faculty Recognition Award
  • 03/1997 Inducted into the UTMB School of Nursing Alumni Association Hall of Fame
  • 05/1993 Recipient of the Alpha Delta Chapter Excellence in Nursing Education Award
  • 05/1993, 1990 Recipient of the UTMB School of Nursing Achievement in Media Award
  • 05/1989 Faculty Excellence Award, Awarded by Faculty of the UTMB School of Nursing at Galveston
  • 12/1989 Recipient of Sigma Theta Tau Media Award for Region 3, Electronic Nursing Media for the videotape “A Century of Excellence, A Vision for the Future: A History of the University of Texas School of Nursing at Galveston”
  • 05/1984 Recipient of the James E. Beall Memorial Student Address Award, Sponsored by the UTMB, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Nursing, Nursing Education Policy, Nursing Workforce Development

  • 1974 - Bachelor of Science - Nursing Cum Laude- Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
  • 1983 - Master of Science - Nursing - University of Texas Medical Branch @ Galveston, School of Nursing
  • 1992 - Doctor of Philosophy - Medical Humanities - Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch @ Galveston
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