The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing proudly announces that Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been promoted to the rank of Professor in the Standing Faculty effective July 1, 2014. Dr. D’Antonio received her PhD from Penn Nursing in 1992 and was appointed an Associate Professor of Nursing in 2006. She is the Killebrew-Centis Endowed Term Chair in Undergraduate Education and serves as the Chair of Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health since 2010.
A globally recognized scholar who studies the history of nursing with a particular emphasis on psychiatric and public health, Dr. D’Antonio analyzes and interprets the power and influence of nursing practice on healthcare and health policies. Widely recognized as one of the world's leading historians exploring the intersection of nurses’ work, women’s work, and professional identities within the context of race, class, and gender, her program of research provides an authoritative, historical account of the dilemmas of professional development of nurses in terms of identity politics and how this articulates within the world of work, techniques, and innovations across different settings.
Dr. D'Antonio's analysis of this research has been published in six award-winning books. She is the author of two books and the senior author of four co-edited books, including the Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing, published in 2013. Exploring themes of people, practice, politics and places, this cutting edge volume brings together the best of nursing history scholarship, and is a vital reference for all researchers in the field. Dr. D’Antonio also boasts a robust record of funding and has received competitive grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association for the History of Nursing, and the University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation, among others.
Dr. D’Antonio co-chaired the School’s initiative to develop a new undergraduate program. She is the senior author on the published manuscript that describes the program, "Judgment, Inquiry, Engagement, Voice: Re-envisioning an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum Using a Shared Decision-Making Model."
Dr. D’Antonio serves as a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Staff Conference Subcommittee, the Thouron Scholars Selection Committee, the Workgroup on Finance and Administration (for Middle States Commission on Higher Education Reaccreditation), and the Penn Social Responsibility Advisory Council. Within the School of Nursing, Dr. D’Antonio is a member of the UPfront Advisory Group, Dean’s Advisory Group, Dean’s Coordinating Council, Faculty Search Committee, and the Faculty Awards Task Force.