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Shelley Y. Hawkins, PhD, APRN-BC, FAANP

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920 Madison
Memphis, TN  38163

Curriculum Vitae

Shelley Y. Hawkins is Professor of Nursing in the UTHSC College of Nursing.  Dr. Hawkins served as Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from January 2018 through October 2018.  She joined the UTHSC CON as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs on June 1, 2016.   Previously, Dr. Hawkins was Program Director for the DNP and MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs at the University of San Diego where she provided the leadership for successful CCNE accreditation and Board of Registered Nursing approval for the school’s DNP and MSN programs. She has held faculty and administrative positions at Yale University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Virginia, and Auburn University. In these roles, Dr. Hawkins received HRSA funds to develop and operationalize master’s and post-master’s gerontological nurse practitioner programs. She is a CCNE site visitor and has extensive experience with both graduate and undergraduate academic program development, administration, and evaluation. Dr. Hawkins has provided leadership for numerous school committees including Curriculum, Evaluation, Admissions, and Progressions.  She has significant experience in academic and student affairs policy and procedure development and administration.  In addition, she has served as a faculty mentor for many junior faculty and has provided leadership for numerous faculty development initiatives.  Throughout the past 30 years, she has mentored thousands of undergraduate and graduate nursing students in roles as both administrator and educator.  Dr. Hawkins has a vast amount of teaching experience with both graduate and undergraduate courses as well as teaching in a traditional, on-campus setting, and online. 

Dr. Hawkins completed her BSN, MSN in Adult Health/Teaching in Nursing, and PhD in Nursing Administration/Nursing Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, she earned two post master’s nurse practitioner certificates, a FNP from the University of Virginia and a GNP from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Hawkins post-doctorate fellowship in prevention and management of chronic illnesses was completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She further developed her research program focused on the use of telehealth modalities to promote self-care behaviors for older adults with multiple co-morbidities. She served as project director for her post-doctorate mentor’s funded research study focused on a telephonic educational intervention to promote empowerment of self-care for adults with urinary incontinence. Dr. Hawkins has consistently received foundation and university funds to support her research resulting in contributions to the nursing literature frequently done in collaboration with PhD and/or DNP students.  In addition, she has facilitated numerous DNP students with their projects from the point of topic selection to dissemination via publication and poster presentation.  She has numerous national and regional presentations related to her research and various education, administration, and practice topics.

Dr. Hawkins maintained clinical practice in both rural family practice and telemedicine as a FNP and GNP for more than 20 years.  She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) in 2007. Dr. Hawkins was selected to participate as a 2018 Fellow, University of Tennessee Inaugural Executive Leadership Institute.  She completed both the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) in 2016 and STTI Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (ENFLA) in 2014.  She has been an active member in the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Faculties (NONPF), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) for more than 20 years. Her various roles with NONPF include both Chair and co-Chair of the Program Director Special Interest Group, Chair of the Nominations Committee, CEO Search Committee member, conference planning committee member, and annual conference speaker.  Presently, she is a member of the FAANP Nominations Committee.  In November 2018, Dr. Hawkins was elected as President of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (CCEN) for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). 


Last Published: Dec 18, 2018