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Nursing leader to deliver 2014 Moore Lecture

Professor and Associate Dean of Nursing Margaret Pharris exchanges high fives with students at the University's opening convocation.
Professor and Associate Dean of Nursing Margaret Pharris exchanges high fives with students at the University's opening convocation.
Photo by Rebecca Zenefski '10.

Margaret Dexheimer Pharris, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for nursing, will deliver the Sister Anne Joachim Moore Lecture at St. Catherine University’s annual internal conference, Teaching and Learning Network (TLN), Tuesday, Jan. 28.

A member of the University faculty since 2000, Pharris’s research and scholarly work is grounded in Catholic social teaching, the Catholic intellectual tradition and the social justice legacy of the University’s founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Pharris is vocally committed to ensuring access to high quality health care to under-served members of the community. Her work focuses on community-based collaborative action research to address the health disparities facing communities of color and the impact of racism on the health of women and girls of color. She has presented her research findings at national and international nursing conferences as well as in journal articles, book chapters and monographs.

In 2009, she was awarded the University’s highest faculty honor, the Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. She shared the honor with fellow faculty member Susan Bosher with whom she collaborated on the book, Transforming Nursing Education: The Culturally Inclusive Environment. Cited as a resource in the National League for Nursing’s Diversity Toolkit, Transforming Nursing Education has been praised by as a “landmark book” and “an invaluable resource and absolutely essential reading.

Maggie is a passionate, ethical leader whose energy and intellect in service of the faculty and students and the St. Catherine community is legendary,” says Senior Vice President Colleen Hegranes. Ed.D. “Throughout her career, her concern for those most vulnerable in our community has been demonstrated with advocacy, research and action to ensure access to health care and higher education.”

About the Moore Lectureship

The Moore Lectureship Award was established in 1995 to honor Sister Anne Joachim Moore, CSJ (1916-2010), the founder and President of St. Mary’s Junior College, which merged with St. Catherine in 1986 and is now home of the University’s Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

An attorney and a registered nurse who held a total of six degrees, Sister Anne Joachim was a passionate advocate for social justice and the power of higher education. Her efforts to transform St. Mary’s School of Nursing into a thriving two-year college earned Sister Anne Joachim a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, and inclusion in St. Catherine's Centennial 100, as well as a place on the University of Minnesota’s Alumni Wall of Honor.

The purpose of the lectureship award is to promote an understanding of the connection between social justice and higher education in the St. Catherine community. Each year the Moore Lectureship award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated this commitment to justice through their work at St. Catherine University.

The Moore Lectureship Committee consists of past recipients of the award and members of the Academic Professional Development Committee.

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Jan. 21, 2014 by Julie Michener

See also: Faculty, Healthcare, Leadership, Social Justice