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Michelle Gierach

Michelle Gierach
Instructor
Nursing, School of Health Sciences
Sanford Education Center
Phone: 605-357-1535
Bio:
Dr. Michelle Gierach has been teaching at the University of South Dakota since 2003. Instructing in both the online and classroom environment has provided her with a variety of experience in different educational delivery modalities. Her clinical expertise is in Maternal Child Nursing and she has a strong passion for working with students in the community setting. Dr. Gierach supervises a free nursing clinic at the Union Gospel Mission in Sioux Falls where students spend time working with under privileged clients. Her research specialization is in Interprofessional Education.
Teaching Interests:
Maternal-Child Nursing; Research & Evidence-Based Practice; Community and Public Health
Research Interests:
Interprofessional Education; Learning Styles; Attitudes Toward Poverty
Education:
  • EdD, Educational Administration, The University of South Dakota, 2014
  • MS, Nursing Education, University of Phoenix, 2006
  • BS, Nursing, Bethel College, 1998
Publications:
  • Gierach, M., (2014), Nursing Program Leaders’ Perceptions of Interprofessional Education and Curriculum Practices Within Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Education, ProQuest.
  • Gierach, M., Evenson, C., (2010), Clinical Reasoning in the Classroom: A Triage Simulation, Nurse Educator, vol. 35, iss. 6, pp. 228-230. (DOI: DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e3181f7e806)
  • Dangel, J., Evenson, C., Gierach, M., Johnson, K., , (2005), How a Nursing Program Strengthens Community Ties by Providing Health Teaching to Head Start Participants, Home Health Care Management & Practice, vol. 18, iss. 1, pp. 33-39.
  • Evenson, C., Gierach, M., Dreke, C., Dangel, J., (2005), Nursing Program Partners with Community to Implement Neighborhood Influenza Immunization Clinics, Home Health Care Management & Practice, vol. 18, iss. 1, pp. 15-19.
Awards and Honors:
  • Excellence in Teaching Award 2014, The University of South Dakota Nursing Department, 2014
  • Excellence in Service Award 2010, The University of South Dakota Nursing Department, 2010
  • Air Force Achievement Medal, United States Air Force, 2003
  • National Defense Service Medal, United States Air Force, 2003
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award, United States Air Force, 2000
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, United States Air Force, 2000
  • Air Foce Training Ribbon, United States Air Force, 1998
Presentations:
  • Gierach, M. Nursing Program Leaders’ Perceptions of Interprofessional Education and Curriculum Practices Within Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Education. Presented at the South Dakota Nursing Department Faculty Showcase, Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Gierach, M. (2014, June). Nursing Program Leaders’ Perceptions of Interprofessional Education and Curriculum Practices Within Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Education. Presented at the South Dakota Nursing Education Deans and Directors Annual Conference, Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Gierach, M. (2013, April). Interprofessional Education. Presented at the 2nd Annual School of Health Sciences Research Conference, Vermillion.
  • Mulder, C., Gierach, M. (2009, July). Innovative Approaches to Learning in the Online and Traditional Classroom. Presented at the Nineteenth Annual Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies , Breckenridge, Colorado.
  • Gierach, M., Evenson, C. (2009, June). Assessing Student Learning Styles. Presented at the NEDDS 7th Annual Statewide Nursing Faculty Retreat, Mitchell, SD.
  • Mulder, C., Gierach, M. (2008, November). Transforming Circles into Squares: Utilizing Innovation to Reshape Nursing Education. Presented at the Clinical Education Redesign: Simulations, Innovations & Partnerships, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Evenson, C., Gierach, M. (2008, September). Building Student Success: Do You Have the Tools?. Presented at the Nursing National Education Summit, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Mulder, C., Gierach, M. (2008, July). Innovative Approaches to Learning in the Online and Traditional Classroom. Presented at the International Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies , Breckenridge, Colorado.
  • Gierach, M., Evenson, C. (2007, November). Evidence Based Fact Sheets: Nursing Students Supporting Staff. Presented at the 21 Years of N-OADN: A Sure Bet!, Las Vegas.
  • Evenson, C., Gierach, M. (2006, November). Building Motivation: Do you have the Tools?. Presented at the Motivating Student for Better Retention, Learning, and Achievement, Bloomington, MN.