Lisa D. Kirkland
Associate Professor of Nursing; Nursing Department Chair; Associate Dean Nursing
I am proud to say that I have a long and rich history with this nursing program as both student nurse and faculty. I graduated from the Fort Sanders School of Nursing in 1986 as a Diploma Registered Nurse and was in the first RN to BSN graduating class in 2002. I continued my studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where I obtained a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Health Education in 2003. I then worked as an adjunct clinical instructor for a couple years before accepting a full-time teaching position within the nursing department. I returned once more to the University of Tennessee to obtain my PhD in Nursing in 2015.
I have taught in both junior and senior-level nursing courses but currently coordinate the Community Health Nursing and Nursing Leadership and Management courses. I also serve as the faculty advisor and coordinator for the RN to BSN online program.
I believe it is important to lead by example so I am actively involved in various professional nursing organizations. As the faculty advisor to the TWC-FSN Council of Student Leaders, I encourage and support student nurses to engage in leadership opportunities within their school, state, and national student nurse organizations. However, one of the most rewarding benefits of my role is the opportunity to get student nurses involved in community and international mission work.