Dreher Named Fellow of Academy of Nursing Education

June 9, 2017

The National League for Nursing (NLN) has announced that Dr. H. Michael Dreher, the Elizabeth Bell LeVaca Dean of the School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions at The College of New Rochelle, is one of only 14 distinguished nurse educators to have been selected for the 11th class of fellows to be inducted into the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education. The Academy was established to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators.

In a competitive application process, the Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel recommended fellowship candidates to the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body for the academy. Evaluations took into account applicants’ contributions to innovative teaching and/or learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development activities; academic leadership; promotion of public policy that advances nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice, or community partnerships. 

“The College of New Rochelle Community applauds Dr. Dreher as he receives this well-earned recognition of his many outstanding contributions to the field of nursing,” said Dr. Dorothy Escribano, interim president. “Under his leadership, the School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions has expanded, our nursing students are seeing their NCLEX pass rates at an all-time high, and the School’s reputation for educating knowledgeable, caring and compassionate nurses is growing even stronger within the healthcare industry.”
Dreher joined CNR as dean in June 2014. He has worked in the field of nursing for 30 years, including 17 years at Drexel, where he served as associate director of BSN Programs and director of MSN Programs. As the founding chair of the Doctoral Nursing Department at Drexel, Dreher developed one of the first Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in the country in 2005.

A regular contributor to scholarly publications on advanced practice doctoral nursing education, Dreher has co-authored three books: Philosophy of Science for Nursing Practice (with Michael Dahnke); Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practice (with Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow); and Legal Issues Confronting Today's Nursing Faculty (with Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow & Toby Oxholm, III). The latter two were both named American Journal of Nursing Books of the Year. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) for outstanding achievements in the discipline.

Dreher earned AS, BSN, and MN degrees from the University of South Carolina and received his PhD in Nursing Science from Widener University. He continued as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, School of Medicine and School of Nursing, specializing in sleep in medical and psychiatric illness. His work has been funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for American Nurses, and various other agencies.

In her nomination, Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, PhD,  Professor of the Duquesne University School of Nursing, stated, “Dr. Dreher has provided  leadership  in  pioneering the development  of the doctor of  nursing practice degree and continually contributing  to the scholarly  literature on advanced  practice doctoral nursing education  which has had a national and international impact. I consider him an innovator…  Through Dr. Dreher’s books, publications, national and international presentations, and pioneering chairmanship of two of the first three national DNP conferences in the US, he has demonstrated a commitment to excellence, especially in nursing education.”