Northwestern Oklahoma State University recognizes five professors who
completed their dissertations and earned their doctorates this academic year.
Those candidates are Dr. Kathy Earnest, assistant professor of English; and
Drs. Ramona Bartlow, Mary Brune, Leslie Collins and Jennifer Mahieu, all
assistant professors in the Division of Nursing.
Dr. Kathy Earnest
Earnest earned her Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State
University. Her dissertation, titled “Experiences of First Generation College
Students at a Rural University on the Southern Plains as Told through Stories,
Drawings, and Found Poetry,” examined how first generation college students
view their college experiences as they are about to graduate or who have
Earnest teaches English Usage, Young Adult
Literature, Teaching English in Secondary Schools, Composition and Introduction
Bartlow earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duquesne
University School of Nursing. Her capstone project, “Orientation for New
Nursing Faculty in a Baccalaureate Program: Basis of a Strong Foundation,”
resulted in the development of an online orientation delivery format for
adjunct faculty and new full-time faculty in the Division of Nursing at
Northwestern. This format assures that all faculty receive consistent content
to be effective instructors in the nursing program.
Dr. Ramona Bartlow
Bartlow teaches Nursing Care of the Adult I and Nursing Leadership. She
works with the nursing students throughout their journey in the nursing
Brune earned her doctorate of education with a specialization in
Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University. Her
dissertation, titled “Concept Mapping: A Strategy to Increase Critical
Thinking in Nursing Students: An Action Research Study,” presented the use of
the technique of concept mapping to help nursing students tie together
complicated concepts from their nursing courses in caring for their patients.
Dr. Mary Brune
Brune teaches the clinical experiences in Nursing Care of the Adult I
and Nursing Care of the Adult II, Holistic Assessment and Introduction to
Nursing Skills on the Woodward campus.
Collins, assistant chair of the Division of Nursing on the Alva campus,
earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duquesne University School of
Nursing. Her capstone project, “The Effects of the CREW Intervention on
Faculty-to-Faculty Incivility in Nursing Education: A Quality Improvement
Study,” discussed steps that could be employed in a university department of
nursing to enhance faculty-to-faculty relationships. It also discussed ways to
promote a positive student-learning environment as well as a faculty-work
Collins teaches Research Utilization, Introduction to Nursing Skills and
co-teaches Nursing Care of the Family and Professional Issues in Nursing.
Dr. Leslie Collins
Mahieu, also student success coordinator, earned her Doctorate of
Nursing Practice from Duquesne University School of Nursing. Mahieu’s capstone
project, “An Enrichment Program: Effects on Pre-Nursing Students’ Success,”
focused on the implementation of supplemental instruction and study skills
enhancement to assist students who have been unsuccessful
on the exam used for entry in to the nursing program.
Mahieu teaches Holistic Assessment and co-teaches Nursing Care of the
Family and Professional Issues in Nursing.
“I am very excited for the faculty who recently finished their
doctorates,” Dr. Bo Hannaford, dean of the School of Professional Studies,
said. “I am happy for their professional growth and what this brings to the
table for our students. When you look at their research, they will bring
valuable knowledge in the area of faculty and staff development, and improving
Dr. Jennifer Mahieu
“More importantly, I love that they each are role models for our
students by continuing to be life-long learners. Northwestern works to
provide the best programs, and I believe the educational commitment from our
faculty exhibits this.”
For more information on any of Northwestern’s programs, contact Dr.
James Bell, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, at (580) 327-8590 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Hannaford at (580) 327-8455 or email@example.com.
Posted on Tue, July 7, 2015
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