Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN who has more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing, has been named dean of the College of Nursing at Washington State University, effective May 16, 2016.
Dr. Griffin-Sobel, who is known for her leadership and innovation in teaching with technology and interprofessional education, is Dean and Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Prior to Upstate, she was at Hunter College School of Nursing, City University of New York where she served as acting dean, assistant dean of curriculum & technology (2008-2011), and director of undergraduate programs (2004-2011).
While at Upstate, Griffin-Sobel led the College through two successful accreditations, created a dedicated education unit in a behavioral health center where graduate students and faculty delivered integrated primary care, and led a major increase in research and scholarship across the College.
At Hunter, Griffin-Sobel was principal investigator for New York City Nursing Education Consortium in Technology, a HRSA-funded faculty development grant in teaching with technology, including simulation, informatics, telehealth and mobile health. She was co-principal investigator, with Carol Storey-Johnson, MD, senior associate dean for education at Weill Cornell Medical College, for ITEACH—Integrating Transdisciplinary Education Across Cornell-Hunter. During her career at 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 also 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.
A member of the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1988-1995, Griffin-Sobel served as director of clinical nursing research for the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, where she developed the first program of clinical nursing research. She held the rank of lieutenant commander. 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 the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and has been awarded more than $5 million dollars in grant funding.
Griffin-Sobel’s impact has been felt as an author, editor and contributor to numerous scholarly works, and books including, Gastrointestinal Cancers (Oncology Nursing Society, 2007), and Hematology & Immunology: Concepts for Nursing (Appleton Century Crofts, 1986) which won an AJN Book of the Year Award. Griffin-Sobel has over 80 scholarly articles published on cancer care, faculty development, teaching with technology and interprofessional education. She also served as editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (2004-2006) and as associate editor of Oncology Nursing Forum (2002-2004).
Griffin-Sobel is a much sought-after speaker, having lectured across the globe on issues related to technology in health care and cancer care. She has received numerous honors for her teaching and research including the 2012 Excellence award in Academic Mentoring from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation, and was named a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education in 2008. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She is an 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 a Center of Excellence consultant; American Association of Colleges of Nursing, where she serves as a CCNE on-site evaluator, and Sigma Theta Tau International.
Her clinical career has been in oncology, particularly care of those with gastrointestinal malignancies. She earned her PhD at New York University in nursing (1987), her MS in nursing as a clinical nurse specialist at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (1981) and her BS in nursing at Herbert H. Lehman College (1975).