Dr. Sonya Grypma joined TWU in 2007 as a faculty member in the School of Nursing, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2012. She served as Dean of Nursing from 2013-2019, and Dean of GLOBAL from 2019-2021, and Vice Provost of Graduate Studies from 2019-2022. She also served as TWU Senior Health Advisor for COVID-19 from 2020-2022.
Both a nurse and historian, Sonya has been a research fellow at UBC, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Virginia. Her program of research for the past 20 years has focused on transnational nursing history, particularly the intersection of Canadian, American and Chinese nursing networks developed through philanthropic, missionary and nursing organizations prior to 1948. Published works includes: "Healing Henan" (UBC Press, 2008); "China Interrupted" (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012), and "Nursing Shifts in Sichuan" (UBC Press, 2021).
Dr. Grympa is the former President of the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing--Association canadienne des écoles de sciences.
Dr. Grympa left TWU in April 2022.