Elizabeth J Predeger PhD, RN
Dr. Predeger has a long history in nursing. Professionally, she began her career as a 3 year diploma RN in the Northeast US. After working in clinical care, adventure brought her West, where she had her first entre’ into community health and research (working on a migrant camp health project throughout California for Stanford University). This pivotal experience working among a diverse community has impacted her nursing philosophy and the path toward education that followed. After several more adventures in nursing and life, she traveled north to Alaska in 1975. During the years to follow, she worked at Providence ER while getting her BS & MS degrees in Nursing. In 1995 she completed her Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. Her dissertation research on ‘art, aesthetics and healing in illness’ has informed much of her scholarship activities since that time.
In 2003, Dr. Predeger became a visiting scholar at Otaga Polytechnic University in Dunnedin, New Zealand. She spent 5 months (while on sabbatical) working with colleagues on the development and implementation of an original research study on ‘women aging with a chronic illness’. This study has since been duplicated in Alaska, and findings published and presented locally, nationally and internationally. Her current area of clinical research is an evaluation of long-term oncology rehabilitation outcomes. Living with chronic illness and quality of life issues have continued as a recurrent theme throughout her research activities.
Dr. Predeger joined the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1987 as a fulltime faculty member. Since that time she has taught in a variety of courses, mostly community health, research and theory focused at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2012, she accepted the role of coordinator of the Nurse Education track for the MS in Nursing program at UAA. In that role she advises students and coordinates program activities as well as teaches graduate courses in education. She has been actively involved in faculty development as well. Serving as a faculty fellow through UAA’s Center for Advancing Faculty Development (Café) since 2008, she has facilitated a campus-wide faculty learning community using the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a model. This enriching endeavor has and continues to support work with students and faculty in nursing and campus wide.
Dr. Predeger has taken on leadership and advocacy roles in the women’s health arena, specifically related to the breast cancer experience. She is a long term Board member of Alaska Run For Women (AKRFW), a community advocacy group, funding breast cancer outreach and research activities statewide and nationally through a large annual women’s running event. She is currently the Chairperson for grant review committee, and has served two terms as president of the AKRFW organization. She continues to support local women’s events whenever possible.
Dr. Predeger’s very full life also encompasses her family. A husband, grown sons and their spouses, grandchildren, a happy dog, good friends, and good books provide both perspective and balance.