2017 Alumni of the Year

Jennie De Gagne, NCU Alumni of the Year 2017

Northcentral University recognizes its alumni contributions by honoring graduates who have imparted lasting change in their community or organization with their NCU degree.

Jennie De Gagne, PhD in Education with a specialization in education technology management, 2009

Dr. Jennie De Gagne is a strong advocate for using innovation to impact positive change. Since graduating from NCU, the 2009 NCU Dissertation of the Year Award winner, and this year’s recipient of the top honor for Alumni of the Year has put her technology management expertise to great work helping educators in the U.S. and globally develop and refine their ability to effectively integrate technology to facilitate learning.

De Gagne currently serves as an associate professor of nursing at the Duke University School of Nursing, focusing on global nursing education with an emphasis on cybercivility and educational technology management. She is also conducting studies on promoting civility and preventing cyberincivility among nursing students and faculty across the curriculum and in university policies and guidelines. “This research will contribute necessary information about preventing uncivil behavior in cyberspace at a time when many programs are offered via distance education,” she said.

Born and raised in South Korea, De Gagne has also established an ongoing partnership with Korean nurses and scholars for the prevention and management of urinary incontinence (UI) among older women in South Korea. This technology-based initiative includes an evidence-based UI self-management program for women in rural Korean communities, as well as an instructional manual for public health nurses who provide services through the community health system.

With the support of community sponsors and partners, De Gagne and her team have expanded the project to serve nearly 500 community-dwelling women in South Korea. “The work has been recognized as a high-impact solution for an underserved population,” said De Gagne. “It holds promise for other countries where limited or no services are available.”

De Gagne hopes this year’s graduates make a commitment to lifelong learning and empowerment. “As leaders, we should strive to respond to changes in technology, trends, and emerging global issues,” she said. “I truly believe that our scholastic and leadership abilities can help bring hope to the underserved and motivate them to better their lives.”