McGowan was chosen for her leadership abilities, scholarship and teaching experience. She has been part of NOVA’s Nursing Division since 2007 and has served in various capacities including associate dean, assistant dean, teaching faculty (9-month) and adjunct teaching faculty.
McGowan was nominated as 2012 Faculty of the Year at the MEC. Prior to her tenure at NOVA, McGowan worked as a registered nurse in the acute care setting in joint replacement and medical/surgical units and as a sexual assault nurse examiner (S.A.N.E.).
McGowan received her master’s in nursing administration and a graduate certificate in nursing education from George Mason University in 2007. She received her doctorate in nursing education in 2012. Her area of research examined how expert clinical practice nurses transitioned to the role of nurse educators without having formal educational coursework to support them during the transition.
McGowan is an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) evaluator and is a National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). She is also certified in Quality Matters. She has worked extensively with veterans by serving as an advisory board member for the George Washington University national symposium “Successful Transitions: Supporting Veterans Through Higher Education and Beyond.” She is one of 70 nursing leaders who participated in the April 2012 Joining Forces Summit sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
“It is with sincere pleasure that I am announcing the appointment of Dr. Ann McGowan – interim dean of nursing and associate dean of nursing – as the permanent dean of the nursing division. I am excited about the future of the MEC and the Nursing Division is a very important part of that future. Ann has proven to be a very capable leader who is willing to guide the division solidly into the future,” said MEC Provost Anne M. Loochtan.
Please join the MEC in congratulating Dr. McGowan!