Allen College Faculty Advance their Education

March 14, 2009
Sixteen of Allen College’s full and part-time faculty members--almost half of the faculty--are enrolled in or have recently completed graduate programs of study. Eight of the sixteen faculty members are enrolled in doctoral programs in nursing or education, including PhD, EdD, or DNP degree programs. Eight faculty members are or were recently enrolled in post-master’s certificate programs preparing them as nurse practitioners. Two master’s-prepared faculty members are completing a second master’s degree, one in nursing. In addition, one staff member is enrolled in a doctoral program and another is seeking admission to a doctoral program. The faculty are studying at eight different institutions: the University of Northern Iowa, Saint Louis University, Rush University, Allen College, the University of Iowa, the University of Alabama, Villanova University, Vanderbilt University, and Walden University. Three of the sixteen faculty members—Dr. Susan Dawson, Rhonda Cue and Maria Farmer-- have already completed post-master’s certificates to become nurse practitioners. Over the past four years three faculty members--Kendra Williams-Perez, Lisa Brodersen and Peggy Fortsch-- completed doctoral degrees, bringing to eight the number of Allen College faculty holding doctoral degrees.

The faculty members enrolled in these programs receive substantial financial support from Allen Hospital and Allen College to support the costs of their advanced education. Some faculty members have also received a sabbatical leave or reduced teaching assignments while enrolled in the programs. According to Allen College’s dean of academic affairs, Dr. Susan Dawson, faculty who complete these educational programs are eligible to seek advancement in academic rank and, in some cases, will teach in the college’s expanding graduate nursing program.
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