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Christine Dardet, APR

FAU Names Marlaine Smith as Dean for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

BOCA RATON, FL (March 29, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University named Marlaine Cappelli Smith, R.N., Ph.D., A.H.N.-B.C., F.A.A.N., as the dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing effective July 1, 2011. Smith will be responsible for moving the College toward the co-created vision developed by faculty and staff, and advancing Dean Anne Boykin’s legacy of leadership in caring-based education, research and practice.
                “Marlaine’s experience in nursing practice, education and research, and most recently as associate dean for academic programs at FAU, will bring great value to the dean position,” said FAU Interim Provost Diane Alperin. “She is passionate about holistic and humanistic approaches to health and healthcare which are consistent with our College of Nursing’s philosophy.”
                As dean, Smith will focus on expanding research and faculty practice opportunities, recruiting and retaining highly qualified faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds, and engaging with FAU colleagues and other communities to advance health professions education and improve health and care. 
                “I am honored to be selected as dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing,” said Smith. “I came here five years ago because I wanted to be a part of what Dean Boykin had created with the faculty and staff through the generosity of Mrs. Lynn and others in the community. It is an awesome responsibility. I’m taking it on with enthusiasm and humility, knowing that I’m standing on the shoulders of giants.”
                Smith joined FAU in 2006 as associate dean for academic programs and the Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar.  She brings nearly 40 years of practice, academic and administrative experience to her new role.  Smith’s contributions to the discipline of nursing can be clustered in two areas:  developing knowledge related to processes and outcomes of healing, and analyzing, extending and applying caring-based nursing theories. For 20 years, she has been conducting research related to the efficacy of touch therapies for relieving suffering and improving quality of life for persons in the advanced stages of chronic life-limiting illnesses. Smith has published in a variety of journals and books, and is the co-editor with Marilyn Parker of the third edition of the popular book Nursing Theories & Nursing Practice, published in 2010.  Honors include election as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
                Smith received her B.S. in nursing from Duquesne University, two master’s degrees in public health and nursing education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in nursing from New York University. Since 1976, she has held faculty and academic administrative positions at Duquesne University, Penn State University, LaRoche College, University of Colorado and FAU.
                For more information on FAU’s College of Nursing, visit


About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is committed to nurturing the wholeness of persons and environment through Caring.

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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