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Dr. Norma Bowe has undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Community Health, a Masters in Health Administration and a Ph.D. in Community Health Policy.

She began her career bringing medical care to rural areas in Fluvanna County, Virginia. She has also worked in the ICU, ER, and Hospice assisting with those patients transitioning from life to death and families experiencing loss and bereavement. Later she worked as psychiatric nurse advocate for the mentally ill.

Dr. Bowe is a tenured Professor in the College of Education at Kean University in Union N.J. She developed the course curriculum for Death in Perspective which has a three year waiting list and is the subject of the book The Death Class: A True Story About Life, by Erika Hayasaki a former LA Times journalist.

In addition to teaching courses in death education, community mental health and public health, she is the author of Perspectives in Community Mental Health published by Kendall Hunt. She has authored and co-authored articles as well as text book chapters in health education. Her dissertation The Relationship between Sense of Coherence, Burden and Depression in Male Caregivers for Women with Breast Cancer won an award.

Dr. Bowe has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. She was a featured speaker at the International Women’s Health Conference in Delhi, India. She has volunteered as a teacher in the NJ prison system, bringing college courses to incarcerated men and women.

Six years ago she started a community service and activist group called Be the Change fashioned after Gandhi’s famous quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. She has organized community services projects across the country; addressing issues of social justice, food justice and human rights.

Dr Bowe enjoys people, children and animals. She has had a checkered but sometimes successful sideline in match making. You will sometimes find her enjoying her most favorite past time of all.. Kayaking on a bright summer’s day.


Norma Bowe is also an entrepreneur who co-founded The Center for Grief Services. Their staff consists of grief educators and counselors experienced in child, adolescent and adult grief treatment. The workshops are an opportunity to explore the grief journey and restore compassion, meaning and hope in your daily life. The mission of the Center for Grief Services is to help, promote healing and provide hope for bereaved children and adults.


List of Awards:

  • Outstanding Human Rights Educator Award 2013
  • City of Newark Municipal Council Commendation 2013
  • Honorary Member Iota Tau Alpha 2013
  • City of Newark Municipal Council Commendation 2012
  • Appreciation Certificate Patrick School 2012
  • Baxter Elderly Certificate 2012
  • Nominee for Jefferson Award 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation LEAD Organization 2011
  • President’s Transforming Lives Award 2009
  • Greek Advisor of the Year Award 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Woman of Faith Woman of Action Award 2008
  • Appreciation Certificate: Northern State Prison 2008
  • Zeta Phi Beta Educator of the Year Award 2007
  • Appreciation Certificate: Scholar Athletes 2000-2013


Research Committee 1999-present member

Social Committee 1999-present member

Curriculum Committee 2003-2009 chair

Curriculum Committee 2010-present member

Appeals Committee 2013 member

UTFRI Committee 2009-2013 member

Admissions Committee 2010-2011 chair

Human Rights Committee 2011 member

Board member of Newark Science and Sustainability (Our Team - Newark SAS)

normalynnbowe @KeanUniversity faculty member Sharon McKensie took this photo on campus. #kean #spring #beautifulcampus