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 almost 20 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) and an alumnus CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse).

Dr. Welch has rich experience teaching prelicensure BSN and graduate students. She was also the inaugural EdD program director and associate dean for the University of West Georgia graduate nursing program. 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

  • A theoretical framework for prelicensure student satisfaction with clinical learning experiences: An integrative review. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.
  • Systematic review: Prelicensure nursing students’ clinical stress and clinical performance. Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Systematic review protocol registration: A systematic review and quality appraisal of interprofessional behavioral assessment instruments for nursing education. International Database of Education Systematic Reviews (IDESR).
  • 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.
  • Enhancing the nursing faculty workforce: A statewide strategic strategy. Nursing Administration Quarterly.