Sheldon D. Fields joins NYIT as the new Dean of Health Professions
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Sheldon D. Fields, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, has joined NYIT as the new Dean of the School of Health Professions. Dr. Fields has spent 25 years in the fields of nursing, research, higher education, and health policy. He will be overlooking the five allied health degree programs comprising of more than 100 faculty members and 800 students. He will be applying his expertise to help all NYIT students excel in their academics and prospective careers.
“Being the new Dean of the School of Health Professions is the fulfillment of a major career goal,” said Dr. Fields. “I look forward working with the faculty, staff, and students as we take the school to the next level. There are great things ahead in the future for the SOHP.”
In his new role as Dean, Fields is responsible for building on the school’s research infrastructure, adding programs to NYIT’s non-U.S. campuses, expanding alumni relations and development activities. He will also focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse base of expert faculty, staff, and students.
Fields, a native New Yorker, is the youngest of six children in his family. Before joining the NYIT, he was also the chief wellness officer, Dean, and professor of Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles. In addition to those roles, he was also an assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Health Policy, associate professor of Nursing, and co-director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University in Miami.
In addition to his academic and research accomplishments, Fields was the first male registered nurse selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program. His professional contributions have been recognized by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, The National Academies of Practice—Nursing Academy and The American Academy of Nursing.
NYIT is known for its diverse array of students, coming from all backgrounds around the globe. When he was asked why he considered NYIT, he said “I wanted to specifically be a Dean of a School of Health Professions and not just nursing, as inter-professional education is the wave of the future and training healthcare student to work together is better facilitated when they are all in the same school”. Shields also added that he was attracted to the potential growth and change occurring here at NYIT.
“I am settling in but my welcome here has been great. It is also great to be back in NYC after 23 years” Fields added.
Dr. Fields looks forward to make a significant contribution to NYIT for years to come.