Shirleatha Lee, PhD., RN, CNE

Associate Dean of Academic Programs/Associate Professor

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Shirleatha Lee, PhD., RN, CNE

About Shirleatha Lee

Dr. Shirleatha Lee, Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the Loewenberg College of Nursing and Associate Professor is an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership in Academic Nursing Fellow and Maxine-Smith Fellow.

  • BSN – The University of Tennessee Martin, Martin, TN
  • MSN – Union University, Germantown, TN
  • PhD – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

As Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Dr. Lee ensures compliance with accreditation standards and regulatory requirements, promotes an environment of academic excellence, guides continuous quality improvement of programs, provides leadership in the development of new academic programs, and supports student learning and excellence in faculty teaching.

A Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Educator she teaches in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Undergraduate courses include; Foundations in Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing, and Nursing Research. Graduate courses include; Advanced Nursing Research and Scholarly Synthesis. She previously developed and taught a course for the Helen Hardin Honors College, The Basics of Culture in Health Care and Nursing Practice for freshman honors students interested in pursuing a health-related degree program. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching and is a past recipient of the Thomas Briggs Excellence in Teaching Award (2015). She is a visiting professor for SanDa University in Shanghai China and has guest lectured at Jining Medical University in Jining China, Shangdong Province.

Her current research is focused on innovative teaching strategies and nursing workforce development. She has also published in the areas of pre-diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in overweight and obese youth. Including factors associated with obesity in children such as physical activity, physical fitness, environment, and health disparities. She has received grant funding, presented research findings locally, regionally, and nationally and has published in several peer reviewed research journals. She is a reviewer for the following journals; Nursing Education Perspectives, Applied Nursing Research, Journal of Nursing Education, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, and the Journal of Professional Nursing. Dr. Lee is also a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar.

She serves on several college and university level committees. She also serves within the community on the William T. Cashdollar Distinguished Visiting Professorship Program Committee and nationally as an on-site evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), was elected to the CCNE Nominating Committee (2017), and on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Education Conference Program Committee. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Theta at large chapter, American Nurses Association, and Tennessee Nurses Association.