Joan A. Bard

Associate Professor EdD, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GenEd 101 Foundations of Death, Dying and Bereavement

About Me

I am certified as a Thanatologist; my focus is on end-of-life issues.  I'm particularly interested in helping nurses cope with the difficult issues they face in providing care for dying patients and their families.  Further, I'm convinced that trying to embrace our own deaths helps us live life more fully.

After many years as full-time faculty, I teach part-time now.  This gives me time to implement a program partially funded by a grant from SMU that provides tokens so low income people, who live in a food desert in San Francisco, can access healthy food at a farmers' market .  In addition, I volunteer in a radiation/oncology waiting room and listen to people share the situations that they  are experiencing.


Doctorate in Higher Education and Master's of Nursing from Pennsylvania State University, Baccalaureate in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania

Teaching Interests

End-of-Life Issues & Community Health

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Death Educators,  Spiritual Directors International