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Dr. Elizabeth Speakman Named Associate Provost for Interprofessional Education at USciences

By Jenna Pizzi

EElizabeth Speakmanlizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, CDE, FNAP, ANEF, FAAN has joined University of the Sciences as the associate provost for interprofessional education (IPE).  A recognized leader in the field of interprofessional education in healthcare, Dr. Speakman has published a wide array of scholarly articles and book chapters on the topic, most notably as the editor of the newly released textbook Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, a NLN Press: Wolters Kluwer publisher.

“Interprofessional education needs to be a centerpiece of USciences institutional identity and a way of life for all of our students and faculty, across all of our programs, in order to prepare students who are ready to succeed in an increasingly collaborative, inter-connected professional world,” said Dr. Peter Miller, USciences provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Dr. Speakman’s experience and expertise will greatly benefit our students as they work towards their careers in the sciences and health professions.”

Dr. Speakman, of Cherry Hill, N.J., comes to USciences from Thomas Jefferson University, where she was the co-director of the Jefferson Interprofessional Education Center (JCIPE), and also served as associate dean of student affairs and assistant dean of the RN-BSN program in the Jefferson College of Nursing. She was a driving force in bringing JCIPE to national prominence.  

Dr. Speakman is fellow in the Academy of Nursing, Academy of Nursing Education and distinguished fellow in the National Academies of Practice. She is served as the primary investigator on four research projects focusing on interprofessional education and collaborative practice and patient outcomes, and has an extensive history of external funding for her work in IPE and nursing education.

Dr. Speakman, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., received a BS in nursing from Wagner College, a master’s degree and doctorate in education from Columbia University, and a certificate in healthcare education from the Harvard-Macy Institute at Harvard University.

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