Wednesday, Sep 01, 2021

portrait of Mari Tietze


The University of Texas at Arlington has selected Dr. Mari Tietze for the Myrna R. Pickard Endowed Professorship. Tietze will also be an affiliate of the Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics on behalf of nursing. Tietze is a recognized expert in psychosocial nursing, holistic patient needs, and expansive health services distribution. As an experienced nursing educator and researcher, Tietze will also work closely with faculty in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) to advance interprofessional research and innovation in technology, health informatics, and nursing education. She will play a critical role to UTA in advancing health informatics education by supporting its upcoming Health Informatics Master’s in Nursing specialty, and associated interprofessional certificates.

Tietze, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the Health Information and Management System Society, is nationally and internationally renowned for her accomplishments as a scholar, researcher, and expert in the field of nursing and interprofessional informatics. Leaders of professional organizations recognize her as a valued expert on enhancing the use of technology in health care to improve quality outcomes, patient safety, and health equity.

“The field of health informatics and nursing are critically important today, and we are fortunate to have Dr. Tietze, an expert in this field, join us to help explore the complex and dynamic solutions needed to address many of today’s most pressing issues,” shared Dr. Elizabeth Merwin, CONHI dean. “Dr. Tietze is an incredible educator, and the UTA students and faculty will gain invaluable knowledge from her experience, as she embodies the vision for this endowed professorship.”

Prior to UTA, Tietze held the prestigious position of Professor and Doswell Endowed Chair in Nursing Informatics at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Tietze is an experienced nursing educator and has led informatics education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels at TWU. She has also served as the doctoral chair for both the PhD and the DNP programs, and as a research mentor for numerous students and faculty over her career. She is the lead author in the recently disseminated white paper by the American Nurses Association, (ANA) entitled, “Robotics and the Impact of Nursing Practice: Case Study and Pilot Site Analyses.” She is the author of two books in 2016 and 2019, chapter author for other books on informatics to support quality of patient care, each time receiving the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year in Technology Award.

Tietze, in collaboration with a partnership between the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) and the Texas Organization for Nurse Leaders (TONL), was the co-lead researcher for two statewide studies to assess the experiences of practicing nurses with electronic health records, of which a toolkit to address the issues was constructed and made publicly available. For support of telehealth in nursing, Tietze was previously appointed to the ANA Connected Health/Telehealth Professional Issues Panel.

As the Myrna R. Pickard Endowed Professor, Tietze will lead collaborative research which reflects practical implications for nursing education, practice, and/or administration and will use her expertise in nursing, interprofessional informatics, and health policy to conduct research, publish findings and conduct demonstration projects to meet future health care needs. “Dr. Tietze is a remarkable leader in the field, and I’m honored that someone of her talent, expertise and national reputation will be working at the University of Texas at Arlington,” said Dr. Myrna Pickard, whose name bears this endowed professorship.