Susan Welch: Associate Professor

Associate Professor


  • EdD, Instructional Leadership, The University of Alabama, 2011
  • MSN, Nursing Education, University of West Georgia, 2005
  • BSN, University of West Georgia, 2001
  • ASN, Darton College, 1994


Dr. Welch earned her EdD in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators from the University of Alabama in 2011 and her MSN in Nursing Education from the University of West Georgia in 2005. Dr. Welch is also currently pursuing a PhD from Mercer University.

Dr. Welch has actively participated in developing and disseminating knowledge to the nursing profession through research, publications, and presentations for 17 years. She is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in curriculum development and program evaluation, mentoring and faculty development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Dr. Welch was previously named a scholar in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society’s Experienced Nurse Faculty Development Program. She serves on the national CNEA Board of Commissioners and Executive Committee for the NLN Education Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA). In addition, Dr. Welch is nationally certified as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Dr. Welch has rich experience teaching prelicensure BSN and graduate students. She was also the inaugural EdD program director and associate dean for graduate programs at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Welch is excited to join the Capstone College of Nursing!

Honors and Awards

Areas of Interest

  • Health Promotion & Wellness
  • Nursing Education & Professional Development
  • Nursing Administration

Scholarly Highlights

  • Systematic review: prelicensure nursing students’ clinical stress and clinical performance. Journal of Nursing Education.
  • The lived experiences of DACA recipients who are U.S. nursing program graduates and their pathway to professional licensure: A phenomenological study. Nursing Education Perspectives.
  • Doctoral Nursing Students’ Lived Experience of Virtual Mentoring in the United States. Nurse Education in Practice.
  • Program Evaluation: A concept analysis. Teaching and Learning in Nursing.
  • The value of the doctorate of education in nursing education. Nurse Educator.