Pamela Hawranik

Interim Dean, Faculty of Health Disciplines



  • B.N. (University of Manitoba)
  • M.N. (University of Manitoba)
  • Ph.D. (University of Manitoba)
  • R.N.

Educational Background

  • 1998 Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Clinical Outcomes Research Program Dr. Robert Kane, Advisor & Director of Clinical Outcomes Research Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1997 Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba Specialization: Health Care Policy, Planning and Evaluation
  • 1986 Leadership Development in Health Care Certificate, St. Boniface Pastoral Education Institute (55 hours in length)
  • 1985 Seminar in Nursing Management, Faculty of Administrative Studies & St. Boniface General Hospital (56 hours in length)
  • 1984 Master of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Nursing
  • 1977 Bachelor degree in Nursing, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Nursing
  • 1977 Registered Nursing registration obtained

Teaching & Learning Interests

  • Older Adults
  • Gerontology
  • Aging changes
  • Community heatlh nursing
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Health policy formation
  • Evaluation

Scholarship and Research Interests

  • Outcome research
  • Gerontology
  • Evaluation of community service use by older adults and their caregivers
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vision care services
  • Older adults in long term care

Other Interests

  • Volunteering at a food bank


I started with Athabasca University in June 2008 as the first Dean for Graduate Studies. This new position holds exciting challenges and great opportunity to build a Faculty of Graduate Studies that is 'state-of-the-art', relevant, and responsive to the needs of students, faculty members, and the community. My experience as Associate Dean, in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba, and as Associate Dean for graduate programs at the Faculty of Nursing (U of MB) provides me with the university-wide perspective of graduate issues as well as knowledge specific to a single faculty. The experience I gained from working with over 100 graduate programs has exposed me to the vast range of issues encountered in program development and evaluation, supervisor-student relationships, and student recruitment and retention.

I continue as a Research Affiliate at the Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba and an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba. I held an academic position at the Faculty of Nursing for 18 years. I taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and with courses that were on-site and also offered by blended delivery. Prior to joining the University of Manitoba, I held a number of positions - Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatric Medicine, St. Boniface Hospital; Executive Director for a non-profit community nursing agency; policy analyst for Manitoba Health, and as a Public Health Nurse and Home Care Case coordinator in rural Manitoba.

My clinical background has informed my research in gerontology. My research examines the effectiveness of community services in meeting the needs of older adults and their unpaid caregivers. I have been an investigator for several nationally funded studies identifying the barriers and issues in delivering and accessing home care services in rural Canada. Several studies have also evaluated various interventions on the health of older adults, such as alternative therapies and vision care services.

I am on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations. One of which I am very proud of is the Beausejour and Area Food Bank. This was the first food bank established in rural Canada. It has assisted many families and individuals in accessing food as they need it on a short term basis.

I look forward to the challenges and the opportunities Athabasca University offers.

Clinical Background

  • 1988-1989 Program Policy Analyst, Home Orderly Service, Manitoba Health, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1986-1988 Executive Director, Sr. Clermont Health Plan Inc. (formerly Youville Foundation), Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1988- 1990 Clinical Nurse Specialist, St. Boniface General Hospital, Department of Geriatric Nursing, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1986-1988 Community Health Nurse, Continuing Care and Public Health, Eastman Region, Manitoba Health


Appointments - Athabasca University

  • 2008-Present Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Athabasca University
  • 2009-Present Professor, Athabasca University, Centre for Nursing & Health Studies, Athabasca University
  • 2008-2009 Associate Professor, Centre for Nursing & Health Studies, Athabasca University

Appointments - University of Alberta

  • 2008-2017 Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Appointments - University of Manitoba

  • 2008-2014 Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Nursing
  • 1998-2014 Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging
  • 2009-2014 Research Affiliate, Manitoba Centre for Nursing & Health Research
  • 2001-2008 Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
  • 2005-2007 Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Nursing
  • 2004-2005 Associate Dean, Programs and Planning, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • 1994-2008 Research Affiliate, Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Professional Associations

  • College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
  • Gerontological Nursing Association
  • Canadian Association for Nursing Research

Honors & Awards

  • 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award
  • 2009 Long Service Award, presented by CARNA
  • 2008 Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Centennial Award
  • 2008 Received Manitoba Injury Prevention Award 2008, for project on falls prevention and vision impairment in older adult
  • 2000 University of Manitoba Outreach Award
  • 1999 Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
  • 1998 Selected for Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Clinical Outcomes Research Program, University of Minnesota
  • 1998 Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses Award for Excellence in Professional Nursing Research
  • 1996 Evangelium Award for work against poverty, awarded by Archbishop Hacault, Archdiocese St. Boniface, Manitoba