Dr. Andrea Wallen was appointed as an Associate Professor in the nursing department in July 2012; this appointment follows her 29 year tenure as Chair/faculty in the Nursing Department at Fitchburg State University (FSU) and most recently, for the past six years, as Nursing Chair/faculty at Worcester State University. In addition to her extensive roles administratively and organizationally, she has expertise in psychiatric nursing, curriculum development, accreditation and mediation strategies. Dr. Wallen has been recognized for co-developing and inaugurating the Master’s program in Forensic Nursing at Fitchburg State University. While at FSU, she taught several nursing classes at Moscow Medical Academy in Russia. Dr. Wallen earned the rank of Colonel in the United States Army Reserves where she was Chief Nursing Officer for the 309th Combat Support Hospital. She was subsequently appointed Medical Educator for the 804th Medical Brigade at Fort Devens, MA. The army awarded her The Legion of Merit “FOR exceptionally meritorious service in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating a 28-year career…outstanding competence, professionalism and superb management style.” Presently, Dr. Wallen serves as a consultant for several co-authored grants from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Greater Worcester Community/Fairlawn Foundation. These grants are for developing and implementing an accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing track for Licensed Practical Nurses. She continues as chapter president for Iota Phi-at-Large chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International which is the Nursing Honor Society. She currently volunteers as a Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) member for the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.
Educationally and professionally, Dr. Wallen’s interests continue to be in the field of Forensic Nursing, global awareness and assisting in the establishment of a culturally diverse nursing curriculum.