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William F. Galvin is an Assistant Professor in the Frances M. Maguire School Nursing and Health Professions, Program Director for the Respiratory Care Program and a member of the teaching and administrative faculty for the TIPS (Teacher Improvement Project System) Program at Gwynedd Mercy University. He has been a respiratory therapist for over 40 years and been on faculty at GMercyU since December of 1981. He holds an administrative and teaching faculty position for the TIPS Program (Teacher Improvement Project System), a national program designed to prepare practicing health care professionals to assume roles as clinical and classroom teachers. Additionally, he teaches in the Bachelors of Health Science Degree Program.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science from La Salle College and his Master’s degree in Education (with a concentration in Health) from St. Joseph’s University. He is a registered and certified respiratory therapist, certified pulmonary function technologist and certified asthma educator. He has significant publishing experience. He has provided numerous article reviews, abstracts, and contributing chapters for such publishing companies as; Springhouse Corporation, Delmar/ Cengage Learning, FA Davis, CV Mosby, Williams and Wilkins, W B Saunders/ Elsevier, and Jones and Bartlett Learning. His most significant publishing effort has been as an author and editor of a 60 chapter comprehensive textbook entitled, Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice, which has been adopted and used by students in the RC Program. He has presented at the local, state and national level on topics such as communication skills, wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, patient education, interviewing and assessment skills, programmatic and regional accreditation, outcome assessment, recruitment and retention, test taking strategies and techniques and a variety of student survival topics and concepts related to the art of teaching and learning.
He has served as a guest presenter for the AARC’s Educator Academy, the AARC Asthma Educator Certification Course, the AARC COPD Educator Course and most recently the AARC Registry Prep Course. He has served on countless professional and college-level boards and committees and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 1996 the AARC distinguished him with the honor of life membership and in 2005 he was inducted into the AARC Fellowship Program and was the recipient of the Education Section Practitioner of the Year Award. In 2008 he was awarded national honorary life membership in Lambda Beta National Honorary Society for respiratory care and in 2012 provided the H. Fred Helmholtz Distinguished Educational Lecture on the topic of, Excellence in Respiratory Care Education: Creating an Exemplary RC Program. Bill is an active member of his parish, coaches little league baseball, high school basketball and is an avid sports enthusiasts. He professes his greatest joy and passion to be in the classroom teaching and learning from his students.