Founding dean selected for new college

Dean Ann BainDr. Ann B. Bain  has been named founding dean of the new College of Education and Health Professions (CEHP) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock effective July 1, according to Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Zulma Toro.

“The restructured departments and programs within CEHP will provide new opportunities for interdisciplinary and collaborative initiatives that will open doors to high-demand careers for graduates of all ages,” said Bain. “The opportunity to work with faculty in developing a model of teaching, governance, research, and service offers unique challenges that made this position so attractive.”

As interim College of Science dean, Bain interfaced with clinical, applied, and research faculty in a variety of disciplines. She collaborated with the Graduate School and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to review issues such as funding for research equipment and supplies and the allocation of teaching and graduate assistants.

She also collaborated with departments across campus to enhance online options for learning, expanding the availability of resource support that has improved the quality of online program delivery.

In addition, Bain’s work over the years with the UALR Office of Development to secure external support and grant funding has provided innovative technology and resources for the Department of Nursing. She also helped establish partnerships with St. Vincent Health System and Baptist Health System. Under Bain’s leadership, the UALR nursing program has grown to an enrollment of more than 600 students with licensure pass rates that consistently surpass state and national averages.

Since 1997, she has been active with national accreditation initiatives as a site team leader and accreditation visitor at the state and national level. She has served for many years on the Evaluation Review Panel for the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.