Video from “Advancing Professional Practice: An Expert Discussion on the Professional Practice Doctorate”
On January 10, 2008, the College of Health Professions hosted “Advancing Professional Practice: An Expert Discussion on the Professional Practice Doctorate.”
The panelists assembled by the College (see bios below) are experts on the emerging professional practice doctorate degrees that are being offered at more and more institutions of higher learning, including Governors State.
Because the professional practice doctorate remains relatively new – and because the College of Health Professions is taking the lead in developing and offering comprehensive doctoral programs – the College has undertaken the task of informing colleagues, stakeholders, and the public about the professional practice doctorates.
With that in mind, our panelists outlined the present and future of the professional practice doctorate. They addressed how practice doctorates differ from research-based doctorates, what the opportunities are for improved administration and care, and how the degree will help address the growing shortage of educators.
Below are links to video of the event. You may access these at high speed or at a lower resolution for dial up. (May not be viewable in Safari.)
Steven D. Crow, President of The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Dr. Crow provides leadership to the Commission and its 1000 member institutions to assure the effectiveness of regional institutional accreditation and to represent the Commission nationally and internationally. Crow earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Lewis and Clark College and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Crow has been instrumental in making regional institutional accreditation responsive to eLearning, U.S. education delivered internationally, and new collaborative and consortial arrangements created in several states. Crow has spearheaded collaborative efforts with other agencies and associations to address distance education, assessment of student learning, provision of quality assurance to trans-regional organizations, and the on-going relationship with the federal government created through the Higher Education Act.
Donna Hathaway, Dean of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis
Dr. Hathaway received her baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her PhD in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the University Of Tennessee College Of Nursing in 1984 as Assistant Professor and subsequently was promoted to Associate Professor and to the rank of Professor. During this time she was also appointed as a Professor of Transplant Surgery in the College of Medicine where she held a position as Director of Clinical Transplant Research. She has also served as Director of the PhD program and in August 2000 was appointed Dean of the College of Nursing. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and serves as a consultant to government, industry, and educational institutions. Currently she is a Professor and the Dean of Nursing at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
David D. Gale, Dean for the College of Health Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. Gale is and a tenured Professor of Health Sciences and Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in Biological Science Education from the University of Iowa in 1973 and has engaged in post-doctoral studies at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He has served as chair for the Division of Life and Health Sciences and as an associate professor at William Rainey Harper College. He also taught Biology, Human Genetics, and Physiology as an assistant professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Linda Samson, Dean of the College of Health Professions at Governors State University
Dr. Linda Samson is the Dean of the College of Health Profession and Professor of Nursing and Health Administration at Governors State University in University Park, IL. She holds the BSN and MN degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is certified in High Risk Perinatal Nursing and Nursing Administration Advanced by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. Dr. Samson has served as a staff nurse, nurse administrator, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, and educational administrator over her career. In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities, she is engaged in a program of research related to health disparities and vulnerable populations. Dr. Samson is a former member of the Boards of Directors of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, AACN Certification Corporation, National Perinatal Association, Georgia Perinatal Association, and the Southern NJ Chapter of the March of Dimes. She currently serves on the Prairie Land Chapter of the American Cancer Society Regional Leadership Board. Dr. Samson has published more than 50 articles and book chapters and given more than 100 professional presentations over her career.
Eric V. Martin, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Governors State University and Acting Dean of the College of Education
Eric Martin holds a Doctor of Arts degree in English from Illinois State University and currently serves Governors State University as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Acting Dean of the College of Education. Prior to becoming a dean in 2006, he served first as the Assistant Provost and later as an Associate Provost at GSU and was responsible for program review, new program approval, assessment of student learning, and assistance with accreditation processes ranging from regional accreditation to specialized accreditation. These activities were coordinated through GSU’s Center for Quality—an office which Martin originated. While working in the Provost’s Office, he also formed GSU’s first Graduate Steering Committee which later became the school’s first Graduate Council—a body which has shaped graduate policies and the review of proposals for new graduate degree programs at the university. One of his current projects is working with his fellow deans, faculty and staff at GSU, and community members in the design and implementation of a new interdisciplinary doctoral degree—a first for GSU with significant implications for education, business, health care, and the liberal arts study throughout the region.