The University of Alaska Anchorage Meritorious Service Award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated significant work in the areas of public, academic, volunteer or philanthropic service to UAA, one of the community campuses or an Alaska community.
Since arriving in Alaska in 1969 to work in Bethel, Tina DeLapp, professor emerita and former director of the UAA School of Nursing, has advocated for nursing education throughout the state. Her enduring legacy and commitment to students remains engraved on a plaque outside the Health Sciences Building of the Tina DeLapp Lecture Hall, dedicated to her in 2011, and honors her “…tireless pursuit of nursing education excellence…” at UAA.
DeLapp’s teaching career in nursing began at Alaska Methodist College in 1975 before the school’s closure. She was instrumental in facilitating the transition of the nursing education program to UAA and has provided her leadership expertise in sustaining and shaping the program ever since.
Drawing upon her extensive experience working in rural and urban Alaska, DeLapp used her nursing network community to grow and enhance UAA’s nursing program, considering health industry needs and designing a curriculum specifically for nurses working in Alaska. Her diverse leadership roles throughout her 30-year career at UAA included working as a team coordinator, assistant, associate and full professor, and associate dean and director. Even after her retirement as director of the School of Nursing in 2004, DeLapp remained active within the program as an instructor and program coordinator, on search committees and offering her skills in preparation for a program self-study. DeLapp also founded the Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives in Nursing (RRANN).
Throughout her career, DeLapp remained heavily involved at UAA and in the nursing community by participating in professional development programs, providing her professional expertise through presentations across the state and nationally, and providing mentorship for School of Nursing students through thesis and dissertation committees.
DeLapp’s extensive reach and contribution to nursing education throughout Alaska are unparalleled. She has been honored with a number of awards, including her induction as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. In 2020, DeLapp, with fellow emerita UAA nursing faculty, established the Nursing Endowed Scholarship to provide tuition assistance and related educational expenses to students enrolled in a nursing program at UAA or any community campus across the state. Not only has DeLapp been an effective leader throughout her lengthy career, but she continues to demonstrate her dedication and commitment to expanding nursing education in Alaska for students now and for years to come.
Congratulations, Tina! Thank you for your leadership and service.