Dr. Pam Fuller named recipient of Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support

Phoenix, AZ. – University of Phoenix, the nation's largest private University, today announced that Dr. Pam Fuller, Dean of University of Phoenix Division of Nursing, has been named the recipient of the Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support, a 2011 International Award of Excellence conferred by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).

As a member of STTI, I understand the profound impact that induction and participation has on our nursing students, faculty and nurse leaders," said Dean Fuller. "I strive to foster a culture of engagement and participation in the Omicron Delta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau at University of Phoenix and it is an honor to have those efforts recognized."

The award recognizes a school of nursing dean who is deeply committed to STTI and its chapters. Approved by the STTI board of directors in 1999, this award is named for Melanie C. Dreher, who set a great example of how deans can "live" his or her dedication to the mission and vision of STTI.

The 2011 International Awards for Nursing Excellence recognize achievements in the fields of technology, media, chapter excellence, research and leadership. Dean Fuller will be formally honored at STTI's 41st Biennial Convention, which takes place October29 through November 2, 2011, in Grapevine, Texas.

About University of Phoenix Division of Nursing

University of Phoenix Division of Nursing graduates more post-licensure nurses annually than any other nursing program in the United States. Its alumni work in virtually every sector of the health care industry, holding positions spanning from bedside nurses to nursing supervisors, and from directors of nursing to senior nursing executives within nationally renowned health care organizations. The College is dedicated to preparing nurses to become leaders and advocates in the rapidly evolving health care industry. Innovative and continuously updated programs blend theory and practice, teach critical thinking and decision making, and provide students with knowledge and skills they can implement immediately in their workplaces. Faculty members average 15 years of experience in the nursing profession and must have a master's degree. Class sizes are small to ensure personal attention. University of Phoenix Division of Nursing is proud to have the largest U.S. chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.edu/colleges_divisions/nursing.html.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.

About Sigma Theta Tau International

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has 130,000 members in 86 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI's 475 chapters are located at 586 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at www.nursingsociety.org.