Dr. Elizabeth Moran Fitzgerald currently serves as an associate professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University and as the co-program director of the Columbus-Athens Chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program. She began her career in nursing in 1977. She has an interest in working with vulnerable populations to improve access to healthcare. Working with colleagues in local, regional, and global settings, Dr. Fitzgerald has participated in engaged scholarship and teaching. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and a Transcultural Nurse Scholar.
Looking forward, Dr. Fitzgerald is excited about research to help identify barriers to cervical cancer screening for women in Nicaragua, validation of the Spanish version of the Instrument to Assess Professional Cultural Competence-Revised with health care professionals, the development of intercultural competence among students who participate in education abroad programs, and teaching business skills to graduate nursing students.
In the classroom, Dr. Fitzgerald uses research-based best practices and ethical principles. She continually adapts and adjusts her course materials and methods to engage students. She is currently a member of the Mid-Career and Senior Faculty Learning Community, hosted by the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. She is also the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Epsilon Chapter Educator Award for Excellence in Teaching.