Pamela G. Watson, R.N., Sc.D., Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) since 2001 and UTMB Chief Academic Officer since 2006, has been a dedicated and dynamic leader throughout her professional career. She earned a Diploma in Nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, then, a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree from Boston University School of Nursing. In 1982, she was awarded a Doctor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychology from Boston University.
Prior to her appointment at UTMB, Dr. Watson's administrative experience includes the position of Chair of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs for the College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University from 1987 to 2001. Dr. Watson's primary effort is service in The University of Texas Medical Branch administration and School of Nursing leadership roles.
Since coming to Texas, Dr. Watson has engaged to advocate nursing education legislative activities nationally and at the state level through meetings with legislators and legislative hearing testimony as well as activities in various organizations including the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education (TOBGNE) in which she is currently serving a second term as their President through 2008 and the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs. She has been active in the Texas Nurses' Association by serving on the District 6 Board of Directors and is a representative to the Nursing Legislative Action Coalition and Nursing Education and Policy Coalition of the Texas Nurses' Association. At the state level, Dr. Watson also serves the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners as a member of the Licensure Eligibility and Disciplinary Rules and Policies Task Force.
Dr. Watson maintained an aggressive program of investigative study for many years including continuous federal funding (such as NIH-NIDDK; up to $3.4M) from 1985-2002. From her research, she has widely published in peer-reviewed professional journals and authored several book chapters. Additionally, Dr. Watson has presented her work for numerous professional organizations and participated as a consultant and on many editorial and review boards. Dr. Watson has many years service in numerous national professional organizations, recently as head of the Nominating Committee (2006-2007) for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and as a Board of Directors member of the Southern Regional Education Board Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing.
She has been the recipient of many awards during her career, including induction at University of Texas Medical Branch in 2007 into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Excellence in Leadership Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2006. Dr. Watson has also been active in community organizations including service on the Board of Directors of the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County, Texas.