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Nancy Fahrenwald

Nancy Fahrenwald,PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN

Dean and Professor


College of Nursing


nursing, rural health, minority health, tobacco control, public health nursing, population health, health disparities, chronic disease
Nancy Fahrenwald

About Nancy Fahrenwald

Nancy Fahrenwald, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN, serves as professor and dean at the College of Nursing. Prior to joining Texas A&M University in 2018, Fahrenwald was dean and professor at South Dakota State University College of Nursing, where since 2013 she oversaw the growth of four educational sites, including programs at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. She spent 22 years at South Dakota State University, beginning as an instructor in 1995 and serving as inaugural associate dean for research prior to her appointment as dean.

Dr. Fahrenwald's research impacts are related to rural and American Indian health. She is a pioneer in developing and testing education on organ donation and transplantation with American Indian populations. She also works to promote tobacco-free school policies and strengthen tobacco cessation programs for rural citizens and American Indians. She helped to form a transdisciplinary Rural Health Research Center that has created partnerships, sponsored programs and processes for improved nursing research that impacts these communities.

Moreover, she has taught at all levels of nursing education and serves on the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and as a Government Affairs Committee member for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She has served on numerous review panels for the South Dakota Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from South Dakota State University, Master of Science in nursing at the University of Portland and Doctorate of Philosophy in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.