Professor Teri Aronowitz Selected as Fellow of American Academy of Nursing

Nahalia Carless, Communications Correspondent | August 23, 2017
Associate Professor of Nursing Teri Aronowitz, seen on campus.

Associate Professor of Nursing Teri Aronowitz, seen on campus.
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Associate Professor of Nursing Teri Aronowitz was recently named to the American Academy of Nursing’s class of 2017 academy fellows.

Aronowitz is one of 173 nursing leaders to be named a fellow this year. The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The academy has more than 2,500 fellows, recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health.

“I am humbled to be considered worthy of being recognized as a fellow and know that it is also important for our College of Nursing and Health Sciences,” Aronowitz said. “The AAN Fellowship is a very special recognition. Having more nurse faculty fellows increases the visibility of the college and enables additional opportunities for our students, including scholarships.”

Fellows are chosen based upon their significant contributions to nursing and health care. Each candidate must be sponsored by two current academy fellows.

Aronowitz’s research focuses on promoting resilience in urban at-risk minority youth, sexual health issues, mother-daughter sexual communication, sexual assault prevention, college health, and STIs.

“I am very concerned about sexual assault among college students. That’s my area of clinical work and sexuality is my research area. Sexual assault on college campuses is a major concern across the country, and I have worked on preventing it,” Aronowitz said.

Aronowitz is entering her eighth year at UMass Boston. She teaches a variety of graduate courses in the doctor of nursing practice and PhD programs. Her work outside the classroom is extensive, and includes research and service as a nurse practitioner at the Boston University Student Health Services, where she has been working for the past 10 years. She is also editor of the Journal of American College Health, an interdisciplinary journal with contributors from a variety of disciplines and professionals who work with college students.

Aronowitz says there is a great responsibility that comes with being an AAN fellow.

“It’s not just, oh, you’re named a fellow and that’s it. We work on committees to further advance our areas of research and to talk to legislators, making them aware of these concerns so that we can shape policy,” Aronowitz said.

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Comments (4)

Posted by Chantrarat Vongareesawat | January 01, 2018 - 8:02 a.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Teri on this great recognition. You have inspired others to keep doing great works by promoting the nursing profession and contributions to society. Thank you so much, my dear professor. How wonderful you are!

Posted by Joey Wise | August 30, 2017 - 9:52 a.m.

I think you ar nothing short of amazing!!

Posted by Abdul AbuFannouneh | August 24, 2017 - 4:47 p.m.

Congrats, Dr. Aronowitz! You deserve the best and keep going.

Best regards, Abdul

Posted by Mary Driscoll | August 24, 2017 - 8:43 a.m.

Congratulations, Teri, on well-deserved recognition!