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Nancy Fahrenwald

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Title Dean College of Nursing, Professor (Brookings)
Office Building Wagner Hall
Room Number 255
Mailing Address South Dakota State University
College of Nursing
SWG 255, Box 2275
Brookings, SD 57007

Dean Fahrenwald is the chief academic and administrative leader for the College of Nursing. In this role she represents the College as an executive leader within the University and she oversees all academic programs, research, and outreach activities. The College offers four nursing education degree programs (BS, MS, DNP and Ph.D.) and four certificate programs with eight specializations and multiple entry and program completion options. Programs are offered at four statewide delivery sites and online. Dean Fahrenwald maintains an active program of research in health promotion for rural and American Indian populations and she serves in national leadership roles in her area of expertise. She is recognized as a nursing and public health leader across the state, region and nation. In 2014, Dean Fahrenwald was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

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Specialty Area

  • Academic Leadership
  • Healthcare Workforce Development
  • Population and Public Health
  • Health Behavior and Behavior Change Research


PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
MS, University of Portland, Portland, OR
BS, South Dakota State University

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Nursing, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Chapter; Phi Kappa Phi, American Nurses Association; American Public Health Association, Midwest Nursing Research Society, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network

Academic Interests/Expertise

Board certified as an advanced public health nurse.

Academic Responsibilities

Executive leadership of the College of Nursing, which is one of six core academic colleges at SDSU.

Committee Activities

University Budget Oversight Committee, current
SDSU Strategic Planning Leadership Team, 2017-18
SDSU Presidential Transition Committee Chair, 2016
SDSU Presidential Search Committee member, 2016

Research/Scholarship Responsibilities

Led over three million dollars in extramural funding as a principal investigator or project director and co-led over 20 million dollars as a transdisciplinary scientist and scholarly team collaborator. Over 40 peer reviewed publications and 50 research reports/briefs. See CV.

Applications of Research

Health education materials for rural and underserved populations. Copyrighted materials available on request.

Area(s) of Research

Active nurse scientist with expertise in health behavior change, American Indian and rural health, health promotion intervention development and testing, health disparities, and chronic disease prevention and management.

Work Experience

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Former Positions Held

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Awards & Honors

Recent (see CV for others)
2016 - Millennium Leadership Institute Protégé
2015 - Top 30 Deans of Nursing, Mometrix
2014 - Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2014 - Organizational Impact Award, SD Comprehensive Cancer Control