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

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Professor and Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
920 Madison, #1023
Memphis, TN  38163

Curriculum Vitae

Shelley Y. Hawkins joined the UTHSC College of Nursing as Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs on June 1, 2016. Prior to joining the UTHSC faculty, 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. Previously, she held faculty and administrative positions at Yale, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Virginia, and Auburn nursing schools. 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 in curriculum development, teaching strategies, and evaluation of nursing programs. Dr. Hawkins has led many school committees especially those focused on admissions, progressions, and evaluation. Throughout the past 30 years, she has mentored thousands of undergraduate and graduate nursing students and was course lead for a vast number of nursing courses. Dr. Hawkins has experience recruiting and evaluating nursing faculty while especially enjoying mentoring novice nurse academicians.

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, an FNP from the University of Virginia and a GNP from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Hawkins post-doctorate in prevention and management of chronic illnesses was completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During that time, she further developed her research program focusing on the use of telehealth modalities to promote self-care behaviors with older adults challenged with multiple co-morbidities. Also, Dr. Hawkins 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. She has consistently received foundation and university funds to support her research. From this research along with manuscripts developed while serving as faculty chair for multiple DNP projects and PhD dissertations, Dr. Hawkins has collaboratively published in a variety of referred journals. She has numerous national and regional presentations related to her research, nursing education, and practice.

She has extensive clinical experience as a FNP and GNP having consistently held part-time NP positions in both rural family practice and telemedicine settings. Dr. Hawkins was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) in 2007. She has been an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Faculty (NONPF), and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) for more than 20 years. In 2014, Dr. Hawkins was selected as an STTI Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy scholar. She was recently selected as a fellow in the 2016 cohort of AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP). Presently, she is Chairperson of the NONPF Program Director special interest group and Nominations Committee.

Last Published: Sep 24, 2018