As of July 1, 2017, Nancy Walton has taken on the role of director of the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University. She has just completed a year on secondment to the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development as a special advisor to the Deputy Minister.
In September 2013, Walton was appointed by the provost for a three-year term as the director, e-learning, for Ryerson University. Walton was the chair of the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board from 2004-2013 and has actively engaged in academic governance through her roles as the vice-chair of Ryerson Senate, and the vice chair of the Senate Priorities Committee. She served as the co-chair of the Ryerson United Way campaign for 2011-2012. In 2013, she was the recipient of a University Faculty Service Award as well as the recipient of the Ryersonian of The Year Award.
Walton is an academic colleague at the Council of Ontario Universities and, as of 2013, is now a member of The Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.
Walton has a PhD in Bioethics from the University of Toronto Collaborative Program in Bioethics (2003) and an undergraduate degree in nursing science from Ryerson (1992). She has both published and presented in the areas of priority setting and decision-making in health care, internet-based research, research ethics board composition and mandates, risk in social science and humanities research and the legal and ethical concerns in research involving children and adolescents. She is a co-investigator for the CIHR Team Grant-funded project CCORT 2 (Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team 2) and was co-investigator for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care-funded project on Variations in Revascularization Practices in Ontario. As a principal investigator, she also holds a Ryerson Health Research Grant to continue her research on the experiences of parenting children with autism spectrum disorder and the phenomenon of the “parent-as-therapist”.
Walton has served as a Council member of the National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR). She is a longstanding community member and member with expertise in ethics of the Research Ethics Board at the Hospital for Sick Children and a founding member of the Research Ethics Board at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
She is the Canadian author of the textbook “Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing” and is co-author of an upcoming textbook entitled “Critical Thinking for Nurses” (2014). She co-authors the Research Ethics Blog and the Nursing Ethics Blog.