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Professor Mary Lou Bond is a graduate of Texas Christian University (BS), the University of Pittsburgh (MN), the University of Texas at Austin (PhD) and the College of Nurse Midwifery at El Centro Medico in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She practiced nurse-midwifery in central Mexico before beginning her professional career as a faculty member which spans teaching at all educational levels. As an educational administrator, she served as Assistant Dean and Associate Dean, (University of Texas at Arlington) and as Interim Dean (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences). She was the founding Associate Dean of the PhD in Nursing Program at UTA.
Dr. Bond is the Samuel T. Hughes Professor of Nursing and Co-Director, Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health (CHSNH) at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She also serves as Assistant Director, Center for Nursing Research and Coordinator for the PhD Mentoring Program. She was founder of the Challenge to Leadership Program, a forerunner of the UTA Hispanic Student Nurses' Association, and Co-Founder of the CHSNH (1996) which has the goal of fostering increased understanding between health providers and persons of Hispanic origin. Instrumental in the organization, implementation and dissemination of proceedings from a series of International "Crossing Borders" conferences, she has organized and led numerous educational programs to Mexico for healthcare students/professionals. She has served on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals and Organizations' Technical Advisory Panel on Culture, Language and Health and the Board of Trustees for the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.
Professor Bond has received numerous awards including the Lucy Harris Linn Excellence in Teaching Award and the Minority Health Nursing Research Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nurse Educators of the National League for Nursing.