Dr. Teresa Lynne Caples
"My goal is to create a learning environment that promotes an open mind, and welcomes diverse thinking so we can better understand everyone's perspectives in the complexities of life."
Dr. Crystal Bennett
Instructor and Assistant Chair
"I was a preceptor in the clinical arena and enjoyed mentoring students to become better nurses. I was also inspired by my UWF RN-BSN Professor, Dr. Marilyn Lamborn to give back to my profession by becoming an educator."
Dr. Angela Blackburn
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
"Slow and steady wins the race. Be persistent, focused and dedicated to your goals. Be open and respectful to the ideas of others. Be organized, a good time-manager, be flexible and adaptable to change."
Dr. Janet Niemi Chubb
Assistant Professor of Nursing
"I want students to apply theories of leadership, management, finance and economics, communication and strategic planning to their role practicum experiences. I want them to be able to identify problems in healthcare delivery, which can be addressed via innovative leadership and evidence-based practice."
Dr. Nancy Cyr
"Develop a study system and structure with calendars and due dates to include minimum number of times/week to be in the course. Take advantage of all the course resources."
Dr. Jenny Erkfitz
"Innovation and technology improve constantly, meaning changes in healthcare are inevitable, and a part of our daily life. We have to learn to go with it, and make the necessary adjustments to our practice."
Dr. Faith Garrett
"I want students to learn that education is a lifelong process, a never ending journey of knowledge acquisition."
"Students in my class work on professional and academic writing skills that will help them throughout the BSN program and well into their careers."
Dr. Lela Hobby
"Evidence-based practice (EBP) requires an inquiring mind to search for the latest information on a topic of interest. Public Health Nursing requires empathy for the toxic stress that this high-risk population lives with on a daily basis."
Olivia Mullins Jernigan
"I've wanted to teach ever since I studied Hamlet in high school. My teacher presented the text in a way that showed how valuable literature can be in understanding the world around us. Ever since that class, I've wanted to show others how education can lead us to new pathways of understanding and living."
Dr. Theresa Kyle
"Never give up. Always persist. If you want something, and you dedicate yourself to it, you can get it. We can achieve what we believe!"
Patti Davis Lee
"I was a teacher prior to becoming a nurse—to work collaboratively with students and inspire them to become the best nurses as possible and life-long learners. Teaching nursing offers the opportunity to invest in the healthcare within my community."
Adjunct Professor of Nursing
"The online environment offers new challenges and the opportunity to push both the student and faculty to learn more about themselves and the field of nursing. Try not to approach classes as a checklist to complete, but read and learn to understand the information and the significance it has in the nursing profession, in real life instances."
Dr. Mariah Morris
"The online student needs to have discipline and great organization in order to stay on top of assignments and due dates. Many online students are juggling full time jobs, work, families, etc. so having dedication and great time management is essential for success in the online learning environment."
Dr. Cynthia Smith-Peters
"I was also an RN to BSN student years ago. I am really glad that I chose to further my education. Obtaining my BSN has provided many career opportunities for me."
Dr. Jeanette Plodek
"My personal philosophy of teaching focuses on teaching students to reach beyond just learning facts and responses to actually incorporate assessment, facts, and evaluations into evidence-based patient care based on the client’s unique needs, not a textbook."
"I want students to learn where to search for information that is scholarly, evidence-based, and current in order to find answers to questions that arise in their practice."
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
"I started teaching because I want to have an impact on the future of nursing and, ultimately, improve the quality of care that is provided to our patients."
Dr. John Batchelor
"In my classes, I want students to learn how to be successful in business and to increase their understanding of how to influence others in a positive way."
Dr. Richard Constand
"The class focuses on monetary policy, fiscal policy, federal government regulation and the impact of all three on business operations. Students should be constantly aware of how central bank and government policy will impact the business operating environment."
Dr. Joseph Donelan
"In my class, students will learn how to analyze financial data and create reports that help managers make decisions about how to plan, evaluate, and control the organization."
"Students need to relate and apply academic theory to real world situations, my background from Wall Street to manufacturing provides a unique opportunity for students to take advantage of that vast knowledge."
Dr. Scott Keller
"Working hard, late, and long, while having a healthy home life. A serious focus on your profession is a requirement to becoming a leader and to attain the greatest passion for what you do."
Dr. Kevin Krieger
Associate Professor of Finance
"Statistics are tools that can help us better understand almost any situation, whether fantastic or mundane. If we know which tools are appropriate, and correctly execute their use, the world is easier to understand and we can make better decisions."
Dr. Stephen Arthur LeMay
"For business, the most important trait is conscientiousness. Be where you are supposed to be and do what you are supposed to be doing. Work hard at it."
"Stay on schedule and relate course content to practical application at your school site."
Dr. John Pecore
"I started teaching to help students develop their interest and a sense of purpose so they may thrive in a democratic society."
Dr. Holly Ellis
"In addition to the content being taught in specific courses, I want students to learn that education and knowledge are transforming and empowering. I hope students walk away with their appetites for the content simply being whetted with an insatiable desire to learn more."
Dr. Nancy Hastings
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
"I teach because I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with students and engaging in discussions and activities that expand both my mind and theirs. I look for and embrace opportunities to mentor students in and out of the classroom to help them achieve their goals."
Dr. Byron Havard
"An individual that is able to think critically and argue both sides of an educational issue from a theoretical, empirical, and social perspective has a foundation for success."
Dr. Rebecca McBride
"I want students to learn as much as possible about the role of the principal in a school. I also want them to learn about themselves so that they can work on weaknesses and continue to develop their strengths."
Dr. T.J. Vari
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools & District Operations
"My expected outcomes for students is that the information learned has practical implications and immediate application in their setting. In fact, my hope is that many of the projects or experiences are completed in the context of their environments."