Michelle Cheshire

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

RN Mobility Coordinator


  • EdD, Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators, The University of Alabama, 2013
  • MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist/Community Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1991
  • BSN, Nursing, Auburn University, 1988


Dr. Cheshire received her BSN from Auburn University in 1988 and her MSN from The University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1991 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a community health focus. She completed her doctoral degree, Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators, at the University of Alabama in 2013. Dr. Cheshire began her clinical career as a staff nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham. She then transitioned to home health and worked in community health settings for many years. She joined the faculty of the Capstone College of Nursing in 1996 as a part-time clinical instructor and transitioned to a full-time position in 2008. Her primary teaching assignments at UA have been in the area of Community Health for both traditional and RN Mobility students. She assumed the role of RN Mobility Coordinator in 2012. She serves as a champion for RN to BSN education in many state and national organizations.

In July of 2021, Dr. Cheshire became the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at UA. She supports both the RN to BSN Program and the Traditional BSN Program in this role. She is actively involved in the West Alabama community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Good Samaritan Clinic in Tuscaloosa and maintains a clinical practice at the clinic.

Honors and Awards

  • Earnestine Tucker Opening Doors Award for Inclusion and Engagement, 2021
  • CCN Faculty Recruitment Ambassador Award, 2017
  • The CCN Board of Visitors Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, 2014
  • Birmingham-Metro Excellence in Nursing Award, 2013
  • The Judy Bonner Doctor of Education for Nurse Educators Award, 2013

Areas of Interest

  • Rural Health
  • Nursing Education & Professional Development

Scholarly Highlights

  • Program Grant- BAMA Latino. HRSA Funded grant for 1.7 million to provide Latino RN’s from across the country with a BSN degree
  • Program Grant- A bridge to College Success for Rural Alabamians. This grant will introduce recent High School Graduates from Rural Alabama who have been accepted to UA to a career in nursing.
  • A comparison of emotional intelligence in traditional BSN and RN to BSN students Teaching and Learning in Nursing
  • Measured emotional intelligence in baccalaureate education: A longitudinal study. Nurse Education Perspectives.