Press Release for Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brooks College of Health Dean Receives Celebration of Nurses Inspiration Award

Joanna Norris, Associate Director 


Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 




Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida, received the Celebration of Nurses Inspiration Award last week from HealthSource Magazine for helping people and inspiring others in the nursing field. She accepted the award at HealthSource Magazine’s Celebration of Nurses event at EverBank Field Thursday, June 21. 


“All nurse educators desire to inspire others, especially our students,” said Chally, an Intracoastal west resident. “To be recognized by community nurses as one who inspires is an incredible honor.” 


A steering committee of local nursing executives selected Chally for the award due to her vast experience in the nursing field for more than 30 years and because she is a nursing professional who works in the trenches every day, helping people and inspiring others to be the best they can be. 


“Transformational Leadership, which relies on inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individual consideration, is a significant topic in our undergraduate Nursing Leadership Course. When teaching students about transformational leadership, I always use Pam Chally as an example,” said Bill Ahrens, UNF senior nursing instructor, who notes that Chally has been an inspiration to him during his teaching career at the University. 


As dean of the Brooks College of Health, Chally oversees the administration of the departments of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health, School of Nursing, Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy as well as the Center for Aging Research.  


She has worked as an academic administrator and nursing faculty member for more than 35 years and is very active in University, professional and community service. Chally currently serves on the Brooks Health System Board, WJCT Board of Trustees, Jax Care Board of Directors, Haven Hospice Advisory Board as well as several leadership roles in professional organizations. Additionally, she was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to serve on the Board of Nursing from 1999 to 2004, serving as chair for two years. 


Chally has received numerous awards, including the EVE award for Education, UNF Distinguished Professor, Desmond Tutu Peace and Reconciliation Award, the Transformational Leadership and Collaborative Engagement Award and was honored as a “Woman of Influence” by the Jacksonville Business Journal.   


Her research interests are in the areas of ethics, moral decision-making, eating disorders and binge drinking. Chally earned her doctorate degree from Georgia State University, a master’s degree in nursing from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois.