Bowden is currently serving as the school’s accreditation officer working with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Additionally, Bowden will continue to be the Director of the Honors Program until June 2013.
Bowden believes that her previous work experience with APU has prepared her for her new position as vice provost, specifically her experience as accreditation liaison.
“Through my WASC accreditation experiences, I really delved into the cracks and corners of all of APU and came to better understand the complexities of the university,” Bowden said. “So when this position opened I thought, ‘I can do that, I understand a lot about the parts of this role.”
Bowden feels like she fits right into the role of vice provost and has no reservations about her new position.
“I told Dr. Stanton that I don’t feel like I’m an impostor in the role. I feel like I know enough to just dive right in and to know what is expected of me in this role,” Bowden said. “I already had all many good connections with the faculty and the chairs, so it doesn’t feel foreign to me to interact with them on issues that I am dealing with in this new role. It feels like a great partnership. I’m just totally excited.”
Several offices report to the vice provost office, including High Sierra, Center for Service Learning, Center for Global Learning and Engagement, Student Advising and Retention, ROTC and the Office of Curricular Support. Bowden is also the administrative representative for Undergraduate Studies, so the General Educaiton Council and the Undergraduate Studies Council both report to Bowden, as well as the individuals working with the undergraduate academic integrity process.
Bowden also serves as a team member for the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, as well as the President’s Council and Academic Cabinet.
“My role is to help influence the changes and growth on campus in undergraduate programs in policies related to undergraduate academics,” Bowden said.
Bowden views her job as serving APU’s students and faculty, making their experience at APU the best it can be.
“The real impact of what happens at APU is in the classroom, so if there are actions and initiatives from my office that I can do to make that a better experience for faculty and students, then that is what I hope to do,” Bowden said.
Bowden’s job requires a lot of paperwork and meetings, but she does not see it as a negative aspect of her job.
“I spend a lot of time in meetings, but I like to say that’s it’s not just sitting in meetings but it’s an impact process to improve how we operate,” Bowden said. “I think probably in the bigger picture, there is no more joy than for me to know that we did something to positively impact students’ experience at APU.”
In addition to her busy work life, Bowden has also written three different text books on nursing, mainly pediatric nursing. Her text books have been revised and new editions have been published as well as translated into several different languages including Portuguese.
“It’s what I do for fun,” Bowden said. “It takes about a year and a half to make just one revision. So it’s a lot of work.”
Before APU, Bowden held positions at UCI Medical Center, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State L.A. and Vanderbilt University. Bowden has been an educator for 30 years and worked in pediatrics for 15 years at UCI Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Orlando Regional Center and San Diego’s Children’s Hospital.
Bowden, who is an Orange resident, is married with two children, one in high school and the other a high school graduate. Her husband is a high school principle. She is currently working on the 3rd edition of her textbook Pediatric Nursing Procedures.