BU LHSON Welcomes New Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Dr. Alona Angosta
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) is pleased to welcome Alona D. Angosta, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, FAAN, as the new Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and tenured professor. Dr. Angosta has worked in numerous settings as a clinician, researcher, and educator. She has more than 15 years’ experience in academia and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has also received numerous recognitions for her substantial contributions in advancing and transforming nursing such as being named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a recipient of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Advocate State Award for Excellence.
“We are fortunate to have Dr. Angosta join the nursing school as a global leader in research and scholarly work with focuses on cardiovascular disease, lifestyle interventions, and vulnerable populations,” said Dean Linda Plank, LHSON. “As Baylor strives to become a preeminent research university, we welcome Dr. Angosta’s revered knowledge to support collaborative interdisciplinary research with healthcare and academic partners.”
Dr. Angosta completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She also served in the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Nurse Corps Officer.
Prior to coming to Baylor University, she was the Director of the MSN and post-master’s certificate programs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing (UNLVSON). She was instrumental in elevating the profile of UNLVSON’s graduate program making it the #1 graduate nursing school in Nevada and top 10 online MSN program in the nation. It is during her leadership that the MSN program’s national rankings rose to #7 in the category of online education and from 76th to 40th in the category of Graduate & Professional Programs (U.S. News and World Report, 2021). She was also instrumental in increasing the enrollment of UNLVSON’s graduate program, and addition of new programs and clinical partnerships.
Dr. Angosta is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 20 years’ experience in primary care, internal medicine, acute care, and military medicine. Prior to this, she has worked as a registered nurse/charge nurse in cardiovascular care unit, emergency care, level 1 trauma intensive care unit, and primary care.
Dr. Angosta is the current Chair of the Tenure Committee at Baylor University LHSON. She is a reviewer for numerous nursing and scientific journals. She is a board member of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations and past President of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association. She also served in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Task Force at UNLVSON; Tenure & Promotion, Biomedical IRB, and other university committees, and the State Board of Nursing’s Advanced Practice Advisory Committee. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Kappa and Eta Gamma chapters, and Phi Kappa Phi.