Professor Kimberly Hartmann named interim dean of the School of Health Sciences

Kimberly D. Hartmann
Kimberly Hartmann

May 8, 2013 - Kimberly D. Hartmann, chair and professor of occupational therapy, has been appointed interim dean of the School of Health Sciences for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Mark Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs, appointed Hartmann after meeting with the School of Health Sciences' department directors and chairs. He said the school's leadership told him it wanted an interim dean who is interested in advancing interprofessional education; is an advocate for the school and all of its programs; can work effectively with the School of Medicine and School of Nursing; understands the importance of clinical sites and relationships; and values accreditation and standards.

"In my view, Kim has consistently demonstrated all of the characteristics and qualities," Thompson said. "In addition, she has proven herself to be an extraordinary leader as department chair and an executive board member of the Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education. I am particularly pleased with her leadership, and the efforts of her department, that have resulted in the development of a learning paradigm culture. The Occupational Therapy Department is an exemplar in advancing a student-centered approach to education. I hope that you will join me in congratulating Kim and provide her support in the coming year."

Hartmann said, "I believe that the students, faculty, and deans of the School of Health Sciences are devoted to excellence in learning and strong science education that develops superior biomdical and interprofessional health care providers. It will be a privilege and honor for me to serve as the interim dean of the School of Health Sciences."

Hartmann, who joined Quinnipiac in 1984, earned her doctorate from the University of Connecticut. She also holds a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and a master's degree in health sciences from Quinnipiac. Hartmann, who is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, has earned the James Marshall Award for Service to the Quinnipiac Community in 2010. She also received Quinnipiac's Center for Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.