College of Health Sciences
Dr. Aagard joined Walden in November, 2013 as contributing faculty and became core faculty in 2015. In 2019 she was promoted to senior core faculty, then took on the role of Residency Coordinator. She has been mentoring dissertation students as a Chair, committee member and URR since she started with Walden. Dr. Aagard had the good fortune to work with a student who won the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her study on, "A Qualitative Analysis of Migrant Women Farmworkers’ Perceptions of Maternal Care Management." Dr. Aagard is enjoying coordinating and attending residencies, both face-to-face and virtual.
Dr. Aagard's undergraduate degrees are in nursing and public health nursing. Her graduate degrees are in business, with a focus in healthcare administration and her doctorate is in educational leadership. Dr. Aagard's dissertation was focused on the successful implementation of Western healthcare programs in indigenous cultures in Tanzania. She continues to conduct research in all methods in the U.S. and abroad including: program evaluation of the impact of community health workers in Maasai villages in Tanzania; cross-cultural leadership in nursing; program evaluation of starting a cancer prevention and treatment program in Tanzania, barriers to access to cancer care in Tanzania to name a few. She is completing collaboration in the," International survey exploring nurse/midwife managers' views about the practice of compassion." This is a mixed methods study in conjunction with Middlesex University, UK, along with 18 countries.
Dr. Aagard is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and has served as a grant reviewer and the local chapter President. She also serves as a peer reviewer for the International Council of Nurses journal, and other highly rated nursing journals.