Graduate Faculty

Administration


Judy Rice

, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, RN


Interim Director of Graduate Programs & Associate Professor
299 Nicks Hall 
Phone: 423-439-4396 
Fax: 423-439-4100

Support Staff


Jeannie Haehner


Executive Aide
206 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-5626
Fax: 423-439-4100

Ronnie Mann


Audiovisual Specialist
249 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4601
Fax: 423-439-4100

Faculty


Dr. Sally Blowers

, PhD, RN


Associate Professor Emerita 
206 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-5626
Fax: 423-439-4100
Dr. Blowers is co-principal investigator for the NURSE Center, funded by DHHS, HRSA, Division of Nursing. The NURSE Center provides mentoring, tutoring and student support services. She works with at-risk students and studies students' emic perspective of nursing and nursing knowledge through her classroom research.

Nancy Cameron

, DNP, RN, CNAA


Associate Professor
210 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4874
Fax: 423-439-4100

 

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PhD, MSN, RN


Associate Professor
295 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4517
Fax: 423-439-4050

 

Dr. Janne Dunham-Taylor

, PhD, RN


Professor Emerita
2-303 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4494
Fax: 423-439-4100
Dr. Dunham-Taylor is the author of Health Care Financial Management for Nurse Mangers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar and Health Care Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Applications in Hospitals, Long-Term Care, Ambulatory Care, and Home Care (2006). She coordinates and teaches nursing administration and leadership courses at the graduate level and education courses in the PhD program.

Dr. Joellen Edwards

, PhD, RN, FAAN


Professor Emerita 
105 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4082
Fax: 423-439-5780
Dr. Edwards' current program of research centers on the health status and clinical outcomes of rural populations. She addresses health policy implications and health care system issues as an integral part of her work.

Dr. Octavia Flanagan

, PhD, RN


Assistant Professor
245 Nicks Hall 
Phone: 423-439-4083
Fax: 423-439-4100 

 

Dr. Masoud Ghaffari

, PhD, RN, MT


Associate Professor
200 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4512
Fax: 423-439-4100
Dr. Ghaffari maintains an active qualitative research program aimed at understanding and promoting students' academic and life success. He has developed, tested and published a conceptual model, the Trinity Paradigm of Intelligence, which provides a guiding framework for his work.

Lisa Haddad

, PhD, RN


Assistant Professor
204 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4510
Fax: 423-439-4100

 

Christy Hall

, PhD, RN-BC CNE


Assistant Professor
293 Nicks Hall 
Phone: 423-439-4505
Fax: 423-439-4100

 

Dr. Patricia Hayes

, PhD, RN


Associate Professor Emerita
109 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4509
Fax: 423-439-4100
Dr. Hayes studies the quality of life and health care practices among rural Appalachian elders. She recently completed a project as principal investigator on a nursing sub-award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development Senior Options Program to the Johnson City Housing Authority.

Dr. Sharon Loury

, PhD, MSN, RN


Associate Professor
256 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4057
Fax: 423-439-4050

 

Dr. JoAnn Marrs

, EdD, RN, FNP, BC


Professor & Clinical Coordinator RODP
121 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4624
Fax: 423-439-4100
Dr. Marrs engages in scholarship around ethical issues and has published on linking nursing theory to practice. She has also published articles on background checks and moral turpitude.

Stacie McCray Pic

, DNP, FNP, RN


Assistant Professor 
254 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4065 
Fax: 423-439-4100 

Dr. Wendy Nehring

, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAIDD


Dean
310 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-7051
Fax: 423-439-4543
Dr. Nehring is internationally known as an expert in the field of intellectual disabilities in children and adolescents, and studies many aspects of the health and well-being of this unique population. A second research trajectory is in the area of effective use of simulation in nursing education.

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, PhD, RN


Professor and Interim Associate Dean Research
105 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4603 
Fax: 423-439-5780 

Leigh Powers

 DNP, MSN, MS, BS, APRN, PMHNP-BC


Assistant Professor
261 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4872
Fax: 423-439-4100

 

Judy Rice

, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, RN


Associate Professor & Interim Director Graduate Programs
Johnson City Downtown Clinic /299 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-926-2500/423-439-4396
Fax: 423-926-5999/423-439-4100

 

Christy Smith

, DNP


Assistant Professor
2-303 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4052
Fax: 423-439-4100

 

April Stidham

, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC


Assistant Professor
124 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4108
Fax: 423-439-4100

 

Dr. Patti Vanhook

, PhD, RN, FNP, BC, FAAN


Assist. Prof. & Assoc. Dean Practice & Co-Coordinator NP Program
142 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-7184
Fax: 423-439-4100
Dr. Vanhook studies the impact of stroke on the lives of survivors. Her dissertation study empirically explored and validated the concept of "comeback" from the theory of chronic illness trajectory in female Appalachian stroke survivors.

Dr. Florence Weierbach

, PhD, MSN, MPH


Assistant Professor
113 Nicks Hall
Phone: 423-439-4588
Fax: 423-439-4100

 

 

 

   
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