Elizabeth (Beth) A. Gazza: PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE, ANEF
Associate Director for Faculty & Staff Development & Professor

Elizabeth GazzaDr. Beth Gazza began her nursing career more than 30 years ago as a licensed practice nurse. She earned her BSN and MSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in nursing from Duquesne University. Over the past nine years Gazza held several administrative appointments in nursing education. This included serving as dean for nursing and allied health and interim vice president for academic affairs at a community college and program director for entry level, degree completion, MSN and DNP programs at Chatham University in Pennsylvania. Gazza led successful continuing accreditation reviews involving NLNAC and CCNE and she facilitated learning in entry level through doctoral level programs using innovative methods such as online delivery.

Her scholarly agenda focuses on nursing education, including nursing faculty development. She completed research to uncover the experience of being full-time and part-time nursing faculty and identified research-based faculty recruitment and retention strategies. Her most recent research addressed the development of scholarly writing abilities in nursing students. Gazza has served on two NLN task groups (Healthful Work Environments and Recruitment and Retention of Nurse Educators) and as a consulting member of the Nursing Education Workforce Development Advisory Council (NEWDAC). Through these opportunities, she contributed to the development of the NLN Mentoring of Nurse Faculty Position Statement, the Healthful Work Environment Tool Kit, and the Mentoring Tool Kit. Her most recent publication “The experience of teaching online in nursing education” was accepted in January 2017 in the Journal of Nursing Education.


  • 2006, PhD, Nursing, Duquesne University
  • 2001, MSN, Education Track/Clinical Specialty-Adult Health, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 1987, BSN, Nursing & Minor: Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 1983, LPN, Indiana County Technology Center

Research Interests:

  • Nursing faculty role
  • Nursing education
  • Online nursing education

Community Engagement:

  • St Brendan’s Healthcare Wellness Center