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Faculty Bio - Debra Scardaville

  • RN, Ph.D., CPNP, Associate Professor/RN-BSN Program Coordinator, Jersey City Campus 

    E-mail: dscardavil@njcu.edu 
    Phone: (201) 200-2511


    PhD. 2004 (Education), University of Maryland, College Park
    Post-Masters Certificate 1997 (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), University of Maryland, Baltimore
    MS 1982 (Nursing Education/Nursing of Children), University of Maryland, Baltimore
    BSN 1977 (Nursing), Towson State University, Baltimore


    Dr. Scardaville has held a variety of professional practice positions as well as academic positions. Professional practice positions includes diverse staff nursing positions in pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; Home Care Discharge Coordinator, Nursing Unit Manager, Pediatrics and advanced practice care as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Past academic positions encompass faculty positions at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore; Stevenson University, Stevenson, MD; and The College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ. Current research interests include the human-animal bond and implications for nursing education and practice; and the use of diverse pedagogical strategies in nursing education. 

    Selected Professional Presentations and Publications

    Dr. Scardaville has provided a variety of national and international presentations around the human-animal bond as well as pedagogical strategies in nursing education. Selected recent presentations include:

    The Open Place of Poetry and Pedagogy: The Unconcealment of Being. Co-authored Paper Presentation: Heidegger: Nature-Art-Technology Conference. Germany: May, 2011.

    Research: Pedagogical Insights from the Journey. Co-authored Paper Presentation: 2nd International Paris Conference on Education, Economy, and Society. Paris, France: July, 2010.

     Nursing Currere: Phenomenological Insights for Re-Visioning Pedagogy. Co-authored Paper Presentation: The 28th International Human Science Research Conference. University of Molde, Molde, Norway: June, 2009.

     An Opening to Be-ing With Companion Animals: Circles of car-ing and be-ing. Paper Presentation at the 30th Annual International Association of Human Caring Conference. Chapel Hill, NC: April, 2008.

    Lingering in the margins: Teaching/Learning phenomenological writing in the space between narrative and narration. Co-authored Paper Presentation: The 26th International Human Science Research Conference, University of Trento, Rovereto, Italy: June, 2007.

    Mask-Making: A pedagogy of compassionate companionship. Paper presentation at the 29th Annual International Association of Human Caring Conference, St. Louis