Faculty Biographical Sketches
Mary Ann Riley, Department of Nursing
Mary Ann Riley, a Full Professor of Nursing, has been a full time member of WestConn’s Nursing Department since 1977, and prior to coming to WestConn she taught at Pace University and Dutchess Community College. She received a BSN from SUNY- Plattsburgh, and MA and M.Ed. degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Riley’s specialty is Community Health Nursing holding national certification in Infusion Therapy. Professor Riley continues to practice her specialty on a part-time basis and serves as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Infusion Therapy. Professor Riley has written three nursing texts. One book received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, and the other book was translated into Portuguese. She contributed a chapter on Geriatric Nursing for a medical textbook, and published a journal article on cultural diversity in home care. In addition to her scholarly writing and nursing practice, she is interested in competency-based education, having served as a consultant for 15 years to the University of the State of New York’s Regents College Degrees Programs in Baccalaureate Nursing. Professor Riley has held several consultative leadership and administrative positions in various health care agencies in both New York and Connecticut and currently serves as a consultant in nursing practice in several states. She serves on the Board of Directors for Pope John Paul II Center for Health Care in Danbury, and is a member of the Medical Advisory Board and Foundation, having served as Chairperson of the Foundation for three years. Professor Riley is also the Chairperson of the Professional Advisory Committee of Western Connecticut Home Care in Danbury CT. Professor Riley is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society and is a founder of the Kappa Alpha Chapter at WestConn. In appreciation, the Chapter established the Mary Ann Riley Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a graduate student. Professor Riley’s areas of teaching include community health, acute care, leadership and management, and MSN thesis advisement.